OPINION — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s housing website is unorganized, outdated and some of the policies are ridiculous.
Firstly, finding specific information about scholarships, and for which housing types scholarships apply to, on the main website is an issue. Based on the information available on the Housing and Meal Rates page, it might be assumed that scholarships apply for all types of housing, but this is not the case.
Scholarships only apply to those that live in the dorms, reportedly. Although I have heard from other students that the scholarships apply to students who live in Legacy Apartments as well; however, this is unverified.
Married student housing is a whole other can of worms. I was so excited initially because I thought I could live with my partner after we were married in those apartments on my scholarship, but that turned out not to be the case.
Finding information on married student housing is difficult, and you cannot apply until after you are married or after you have given birth, which may cause issues for some students.
Now, the registration website for housing is also bizarre. One of the first things I noticed is that, when selecting the country that you are from, you can select, among others, the United States of America, the United States America, the United States, the United Sates, the United Stes, the Un, the UL, the U.S.A, the U.S. or, my personal favorite, the Uinted States.
Of course, students can also select other countries like the U.S.S.R, UG, LOCAL-COUNTRY, Yugoslavia and PP.
After this mess, the website is normal until it comes to selecting a meal plan, where students must decide whether they would prefer to eat in the fall or spring semesters. Obviously I am jesting, but that is what the website implies given that you can only select a meal plan for one semester or the other.
This is what it reads on my application status page, grammatical errors included: “For Fall 2021 you have selected Cajun Select Fall 2021 For Spring 2022 you have selected Cajun Select Fall 2021.”
Outside of registration, there is a tab called the Housing Storefront. This sounds interesting, but it has been “under construction” since at least the fall of
2019, when I was a freshman. Great. So useful.
Finally, some of the policies for housing are concerning. For example, not being notified of a new roommate and then being charged if your room is not clean enough for them.
“If one roommate should depart, the remaining student(s) may be assigned a new roommate with little or no notice,” according to the website. “If the room/apartment unit is not cleaned in an acceptable manner prior to a new roommate’s arrival, we reserve the right to have the apartment cleaned, and the cost will be billed to the current resident(s) of the unit.”
There is also the possibility of getting bedbugs in your room. Luckily, the university gives some great advice for dealing with them.
“Pull bed away from wall or other furniture. Tuck sheets and blankets to avoid contact with the floors or walls,” the website reads, “Vacuum mattresses frequently or permanently encase mattresses in a mattress bag.”
Lastly, did you know that students can be evicted for self-harming or attempting suicide? Because that will help, again, according to the housing website.
Housing is insane, and the way they represent themselves does not help that image.