UCLA Housing will only offer single occupancy rooms on campus in the fall, UCLA Housing announced in a tweet Friday.
Students who received offers for double occupancy rooms will be reassigned to a single occupancy room and possibly a new building, according to the tweet. Housing costs for students reassigned to singles will remain the same as stated on their original contract, UCLA Housing added.
🚨 On-Campus Housing Update 🚨
With continued guidance from campus and health officials, and out of an abundance of caution, we are changing all of our on campus housing rooms to single occupancy only. pic.twitter.com/SNm0EFRADs
— UCLA Housing (@UCLAhousing) July 24, 2020
UCLA Housing said in the tweet that the decision will not affect students offered single occupancy rooms.
UCLA Housing previously limited housing offers to only double and single occupancy rooms.
UCLA Housing did not respond to an immediate request for comment.
UCLA Housing’s decision to limit housing offers to singles is a reasonable measure to protect students from COVID-19, said Naomi Riley, the Undergraduate Students Association Council president.
“The public health situation in the Los Angeles area has really pushed us in this direction,” Riley said. “(We have) to ensure that when students return in the fall, they are not putting themselves at risk.”
Before the decision to only offer singles, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Housing and Hospitality Services Peter Angelis said at the June 30 USAC meeting that UCLA Housing planned to fill around 57% of its maximum on-campus housing capacity in the fall.
However, housing will now fill less than 40% of the maximum housing capacity, Riley said.
“It’s really important to look at this as a safety mechanism,” Riley said. “Where we are now, it would be completely illogical to go any other route other than to provide singles on the Hill.”