Residence Life at Elon University recently announced all students will be able to return to their current residence halls or apartments during the 2013-2014 academic year, a change in policy from the previous year. Two of the five buildings in the Global Neighborhood will be available for sign-up, as well.

The Global Neighborhood will house freshmen and several learning communities, including the languages and fine arts communities. Additional spaces in The Station at Mill Point, a residence area for upperclassmen, will be available, as well.

The expansion of residential areas aligns with the university’s strategic plan, the Elon Commitment, which outlines a goal of having 75 percent of undergraduates living on campus by the time residential construction is complete.

“These new, state-of-the art facilities further support the creation of a premier residential program where students’ in-and out-of-class experiences more fully complement one another and further strengthen Elon’s rich sense of community,” according to information provided by Residence Life.

Some students appreciate the option to return to their on-campus apartments. Sophomore Katie Maraghy said she plans to take advantage of the opportunity.

But some students don’t wish to live on campus as upperclassmen. Sophomore Justin Marcus said he plans to live off-campus in the Goodson Apartments on Haggard Ave.

Marcus said the apartments are much cheaper than on-campus housing, and he wants his freedom.

“I want to live off-campus because Elon’s on-campus rules are ridiculous,” Marcus said. “The only downside I foresee is that without a car it might be challenging to see all my friends regularly.”

On-campus housing selection will be completed in two phases. Those who wish to return to their current location will complete the first phase, and those who wish to change assignments will complete the second phase. Students who wish to return to or sign up for The Station at Mill Point must complete a separate sign-up process.

Danieley A-F will now be designated to house upperclassmen. The apartments will be available on a 12-month lease, according to a press release from Residence Life.

Preiss Management Company is also offering 168 spots in the Crest apartments for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students who currently reside in residence halls may apply for the Crest during Phase Two of the selection process.

Housing selection will take place online, and students will be assigned an application time slot based on the number of years they have lived on campus and their GPA. The student with the earliest time slot in a group may include his or her roommates on the application.

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