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Students examine summer leasing options

On-Grounds, off-Grounds facilities offer competing amenities, rates

As the spring semester draws to a close, many students are looking for off-Grounds summer housing options in Charlottesville — though perhaps fewer students than the number who are looking to find subletters as they travel elsewhere for the summer.

For some, the search begins online, with numerous apartment and housing options posted across Facebook groups, listservs, and various websites. For others, friends are their best resources. Such was the case for Third-year College student Ashley Self, who found summer housing from her friend third-year Batten student Katharine Sadowski.

“Ashley started her search by asking friends if she could sublet,” Sadowski said. “A lot of times it just comes up in conversation. The search process was kind of laid back.”

Second-year D.J. Long, who is looking to lease his house for the summer, said amenities make certain housing options more appealing. Grandmarc and Oxford Hills offer a pool, gym and a parking spot to their renters.

Monthly subletting comes from a wide range of price points — good deals can be found in the $300 range for those hunting for a bargain, but some of the more in-demand spots can pull in upwards of $600, which may or may not include utilities. Negotiating prices with fellow students, Self said, is a relatively standard practice.

“Some people try to sublet their apartment for the full price that they rent for, but a lot of people charge less and cover the rest themselves,” she said.

Time also puts an added pressure on renters and subletters.

“I looked at other ads and their apartments to determine my price,” Long said, “but as desperation has increased towards the end of the semester, I have reduced it.”

The University is also offering on-Grounds living during the summer for students who are enrolled in a summer session course. This option is available from May 19 until August 8, 2014.

“There is a three-week (21 days) minimum stay required for all reservations, and you must be enrolled in a summer school course for the duration of your stay,” the University’s website reads.

Students who choose to take advantage of this option will reside in the hall-style Alderman Road housing facilities. Since all rooms are doubles, most will have a roommate.

The reservation rate is $25 per night and it is due when the student registers. This price does not include a meal plan or parking permission, but it will have air-conditioning and housekeeping to clean the bathrooms and sanitize common areas. There will also be a Resident Advisor appointed to the dorms.