University Housing and Dining expands on-campus housing

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Starting in fall 2020, West Campus apartment complex 2400 Nueces will be presented as an on-campus housing option for students. 

Last summer, the UT System Board of Regents authorized the University to purchase the 2400 Nueces apartment complex from Greystar, a real estate company. The deal was finalized in February, and current residents were notified of the change in ownership on March 14. The complex will have a resident assistant system in place and will operate like other on-campus housing facilities, said Mylon Kirksy, director of residence life at UT.

“University Housing and Dining will have oversight of the property, and right now we are partnering with Greystar,” Kirksy said. “Greystar will manage the day-to-day operations and the daily student contact, and we as new owners will work with them to make the transition as seamless as possible for students.”

This is the first property University Housing and Dining has purchased in West Campus, and there aren’t any current plans to expand to other complexes in that area, Kirksy said.

 

“We are working with them on developing a contract that will have UT’s name and our office on it,” Kirksy said. “By the time we get to contracting for fall 2020, you will see the contract coming from University Housing and Dining, and we will be contracting with students directly in that way.”

The apartment complex, which opened in fall 2013, has 304 units with floor plans that include studio, one bedroom, two bedrooms, three bedrooms, four bedrooms and townhome options, said property manager Laura Bales.

“For the 2019-2020 lease term, we have increased our double occupancy units, making the total amount of open spots 678,” Bales said in an email. “The rents range from $665 to $1775 per person, depending on the floor plan.”

Kirksy said because the current rates at 2400 Nueces are higher than some on-campus dorms, University Housing and Dining will look at potentially changing rent prices when they transition as the owner and manager.

“We are using this year to get to know the residents and learn more about how life is at Nueces and what are the types of things they would like to see continue or what are the types of things they would like to see happen differently,” Kirksy said. “Once we make that determination, we will start to look at if there is a need for any program changes and what they will be.”

Biomedical engineering senior Sunjna Kohli currently lives at 2400 Nueces and said she thinks the complex will provide a needed expansion for on-campus housing.

“I really wanted to live on campus just to meet more people and be close to classes my freshman year, but I definitely think it is a good idea because I’ve heard of a lot of people who weren’t able to find housing,” Kohli said. “I know that housing can be a very stressful thing, especially for incoming freshmen.”