Aston Residents Receive Housing Credit Amid Facilities Troubles – The GW Hatchet

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Officials have apologized for problems at The Aston, a former graduate student residence that was converted to undergraduate accommodation when Thurston Hall went offline for renovations.

Students living at The Aston will receive a $250 housing credit due to issues including water outages and security concerns, officials told residents in an email Thursday.

Officials said the building had experienced “a little more than usual” maintenance issues this academic year, and the housing credit would be applied to residents’ student accounts within two to three business days, according to a message on the Facebook group “Overheard at GW”. . The email recognizes various issues in the building, including water outages and repeated breaches of security which allowed non-GW affiliates access to residential floors of the building.

Increased pressure on the building’s old plumbing system is partly responsible for the increase in problems, according to emails sent to students.

“We recognize that there have been other challenges not addressed here throughout the year that have caused intermittent frustration and disruption that may affect your overall life experience,” they said. said in the email.

Melissa Schwab, a senior citizen and resident of The Aston who made the Facebook post, said in the post that her closet flooded over spring break, her air conditioning unit malfunctioned last summer and that she was temporarily stuck in an Aston lift earlier this week due to a door jam. She said she decided to live at The Aston because it offered cheaper housing costs compared to other halls of residence, but she is “frustrated” with the living conditions.

“Many of the other students in this building come from marginalized backgrounds in our GW community and also chose this building because of its low cost,” Schwab said. “It feels like our concerns are being ignored because we don’t live in the $20,000 a year housing options on campus.”

Schwab said residents of The Aston sent officials an email outlining their concerns about living conditions in the building earlier this week, leading to officials’ response and the University of provide them with a housing loan.

“A $250 housing loan is a great start, but we shouldn’t have to en masse ask our university to stop acting like a sleeper,” she said.

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