USD increases housing options for students

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Student housing options are being expanded at The University of South Dakota. In response to student requests for more housing availability, the University is making Coyote Village and North Complex residence halls available to all students this fall.

Previously, Coyote Village was open to juniors, seniors and graduate students with sophomores placed on a waiting list. The U’s newest residence hall complex offering suite and apartment-style campus living is now available to all students, including incoming freshmen. North Complex residence halls – Beede, Mickelson, Olson and Richardson – were available only to freshmen and honors students last fall, but will now be open to all students seeking university housing for the 2011-12 academic year. All of the floors in the North Complex residence halls offer a kitchenette, multiple lounge areas and laundry facilities.

“It’s always been our intent to meet student expectations, recognizing what students want and need while also providing them with affordability,” said Jeff Baylor, vice president of marketing, enrollment and student services at USD. “From campus tours and student feedback, it has become apparent that incoming students want to live in Coyote Village and our returning students appreciate having various housing options. It was an easy decision.  This is how a student-centered community responds to their students.”

With Coyote Village and North Complex now open to all students, USD will take Julian Hall off-line in the fall. The building, completed in 1958 and named for former USD Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs J. Herndon Julian, will no longer serve as a residence hall once the spring term ends. Office space is not immediately affected.

“USD remains committed to offering students a variety of housing options at the highest of standards,” noted James Parker, dean of students. “With that being the case, we felt it was necessary to close Julian Hall, the university’s oldest residence hall, and open up Coyote Village and our North Complex residence halls to all of our students who choose to live on campus.”

Students registered to live in Julian Hall for fall 2011 will still have an opportunity to live on campus, either in a double occupancy or a single occupancy room in Burgess Hall, Norton Hall, Brookman Hall or the North Complex residence halls, at the Julian Hall occupancy rate. These students were made aware of campus housing changes during a meeting with university administrators on March 16.