KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The University of Tennessee’s housing department is working to help students displaced due to the unfinished The Standard apartment complex by offering week-to-week contracts at other dormitory buildings on campus.
Students were expected to move into the complex just off the Cumberland Strip at the start of the fall semester, but they are now living in limbo – some staying with friends and others have been put up in hotels. That is problematic for some students who say the hotels force them to move out on busy game day weekends to accommodate people coming in for the games.
UT says there are 150 available beds scattered throughout the various dormitory buildings on campus. Students wishing to take this option, for the sake of stability, would only be held to a week-to-week contract and whatever amount is paid to the university for the use of the dorm room would be taken out of the amount owed to The Standard.
Most of the rooms are still available, according to a university spokesperson, who says only four students have signed up so far. Those who are interested should contact UT Housing at (865) 974-3411.
The Standard’s spokesperson said delays were caused because of weather and a tight labor market. The spokesperson also said the company is going through a learning curve and initial projections were off. Students may back out of their lease if the rooms are not ready by October 13.