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UW-Eau Claire Students to Live in Hotel Rooms
First Time for Downtown Hotel
MAILED: Aug. 2, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — High demand for University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire residence hall rooms this fall means some students will be housed in local hotel rooms - and for the first time, students will move into a downtown Eau Claire hotel.
Approximately 100 students are expected to live in rooms at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, said Charles Major, director of Housing and Residence Life. Many local hotels submitted bids to house students, but the Holiday Inn Conference Center submitted the lowest bid and offered to rent enough rooms to accommodate all 100 students, Major said.
Students who will live in the hotel are either returning UW-Eau Claire students who volunteered or upper class transfer students. Three resident assistants will be on duty at the hotel and a current hall director will supervise them. No freshman will be housed in the hotel.
The Holiday Inn Conference Center is a short walk to the bus transfer station, offering students easy access to free bus service, including Blugold buses serving campus, Major said. In addition, the university will operate a late night van service from campus to the hotel.
Students living in the hotel will receive free parking in the adjacent ramp, have access to hotel facilities and receive a free pass to the YMCA.
"This will expose students to downtown Eau Claire, including restaurants, a discount movie theater, bike and pedestrian paths and other entertainment within easy walking distance," Major said.
Despite the opening of Chancellor's Hall in fall 2000, this will be the second consecutive year UW-Eau Claire has used hotel rooms to accommodate students choosing university housing, Major said.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 2, 2002