Students make campus summer home, plan to reside in Kent

Alison Turner

While most students are packing up to move back home to have mom and dad do their laundry again, to sleep in their own beds and to have home-cooked meals, some students pay $179 a week to stay on campus and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Summer housing forms are now available in Korb Hall.

Four resident assistants and one resident hall director will stay on campus with the students to assist them.

Kim Ferguson, area coordinator for Residence Services, is in charge of staffing for the summer.

“We want to give the same resources as throughout the academic year,” Ferguson said. “ We want to create a similar structure.”

Centennial Court C will be open this summer for students, whether they are attending classes or not.

The priority registration deadline is May 2 for students who want to stay in the same room or plan to live in a certain room in the fall.

Students are charged a weekly fee of $179 and stay as long as they choose. Some students stay the whole summer, while others stay only while classes are in session.

Centennial Court C has single bedrooms with a shared bathrooms.

Ferguson said the RAs are available as a resource for students, especially first-time students like freshmen in the BS/MD program. Students involved in this pre-med program get a head start by beginning their classes in the summer.

Nadia Alamo, a graduate assistant in the department, said the residents who stay over the summer are mostly the BS/MD students, international students and upper-classmen.

“We always get a good variety,” Alamo said.

The RAs and RHDs are planning day-to-day activities for students to get them out and about.

“In the summer, the goal is to get the students out of their rooms and meeting people,” Alamo said.

Conference housing is also a part of summer housing. High school groups can hold conferences, like band camps and cheerleading camps. Organizations and work groups also hold conferences at Kent State and stay in the residence halls.

Most conference attendees stay in First Year Experience halls. Adults participating in conferences stay in Centennial Courts.

Alamo said Residence Services usually provides housing for 70 to 90 conferences a summer, with a range of 30 to 500 people participating in each.

The cost for conference housing is between $17 and $35 a night per person, depending on the residence hall.

Alamo and Ferguson agreed summer living on campus is a relaxed environment.

“The campus is a lot quieter. It feels smaller,” Alamo said. “It’s a much more laid-back atmosphere.”

Contact room and board reporter Alison Turner at [email protected].