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Howard Johnson Hotel Houses Record Number of Freshman

As multiple universities are still dealing with budget cuts and enrollment decreases, the University of Tampa doesn’t seem to have a problem. According to Residence Life, 260 students will be living in the Howard Johnson Ashley Plaza Hotel across the river. Last year, approximately 70 students moved-in to the Howard Johnson.

They were all moved on campus after the fall room change.

This year, Krystal Schofield said the numbers should go down to 200 when students are reassigned after Open Room Change.

Schofield also said that there will be some students in the Howard Johnson all fall semester but she couldn’t say if any students would be living there during the spring semester.There are 10 RAs assigned to the Howard Johnson.

According to the information on the Howard Johnson Hotel on http://www.ut.edu students will have access to all the hotels amenities.

Amenities at the hotel that aren’t offered on campus (or not completely) are cable TV with HBO, housekeeping twice a week including sheets and towels and queen beds, free parking, table and two chairs and a private bath.

They also have a fitness room, outdoor pool, restaurant and laundry machines. Storage space is still limited.

The Great Debate: The Hojo vs. On-Campus Housing

Fitness Room for Hotel Guests vs. McNiff for all of Campus

Wireless Internet in every room vs. Spotty signals in some Residence Halls

Cable TV with HBO vs. Cable TV

Housekeeping twice a week (including sheets and towels) vs. Once a week (not including sheets and towels)

Private baths shared by two vs. Bathrooms shared by two to five

Queen beds vs. Twin XL beds

Table and 2 Chairs vs. Not available

Free parking vs. $50 per year on campus

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