Following the University’s decision to move undergraduate classes to remote delivery, students living in residence halls were asked to cancel their housing contracts by Aug. 25 and return to their permanent homes by Aug. 30.
Those living in privately owned Granville Towers were no exception.
Granville Towers is owned by the University of North Carolina Foundation and partners with Carolina Housing. The residence hall was the site of a COVID-19 cluster and has had 144 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Monday.
Stephanie Berrier, interim director of marketing and communications of UNC finance and operations, said in an email that the privately owned and managed residence hall for UNC students will be following the same move-out procedures as Carolina Housing.
UNC is using a formal review process for students who need to remain on campus, prioritizing criteria such as lack of access to reliable internet, lack of access to safe alternative housing or international students, UNC Media Relations said in an email.
In the last week, Granville Towers' occupancy decreased from 76.6 percent to 21.5 percent, with only 280 leases remaining as of Monday.
Sam Rappaport, a first-year student who was living in Granville Towers, said he wasn’t surprised when the University asked students to cancel their housing contracts.
“I think we all kind of came in and expected this at least in some capacity,” he said. “I don’t think anyone thought we would be here for a week and then leave, but it’s hard not to be disappointed about it.”
Rappaport said he has moved home to Raleigh for the semester, but said he knows other students who were living in Granville Towers and are now trying to find off-campus housing.