Renovations to Create Housing Shortage at Va. Tech

February 14, 2011

Virginia Tech is going to see a crimp in on-campus student housing this fall.

Vice President for Student Affairs Ed Spencer says West Ambler Johnston Hall is being renovated over the next year, closing rooms that would have served about 800 students. East Ambler Johnston has been remodeled and its reopening will add 300 rooms, still leaving a deficit of 500 rooms.

The Roanoke Times reports first-year students are unlikely to be affected because they are guaranteed campus housing. But second-year and older students will feel the pinch. In a typical year, about 9,000 students live on campus.

Student Government President Bo Hart believes the shortage is likely to hit transfer students the hardest.

The university is implementing a plan to refurbish or rebuild residence halls built before 1983. Spencer says at least one residence hall will be off limits for the next several years.

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