ASU Housing takes over management of Vista del Sol
Vista del Sol, the currently upperclassmen-only apartment complex on the southwestern corner of Rural Road and Apache Boulevard, will officially become part of ASU housing beginning Fall 2015, officials said.
Vista del Sol general manager Veronica Cava confirmed in an email ASU will take over operations for the complex beginning in August, after all existing leases expire.
“Current Vista del Sol residents will unfortunately not be able to renew their lease at Vista del Sol and will be required to move out of their apartment at the end of their current lease term expiring on August 1, 2015,” Cava said. “At that time, all operations of Vista del Sol will be turned over to the University.”
Those wishing to live in the complex for the 2015-16 school year must apply through the housing selection process in the MyHousing section of MyASU, Cava said.
Industrial engineering senior Benigna Lima Pereira said while the change will not affect her, she thinks making people move out of their apartments hurts the people who already live there.
“That’s awful,” Lima Pereira said. “I think people should be allowed to stay in their own rooms.”
Lima said people who live in Vista del Sol should be able to skip the reapplication process.
On Feb. 23, students will be able to select roommates through the MyHousing section.
Vista residents wishing to continue living in the complex will be entered into a room selection lottery for the next school year in the first week of March, Cava said. They will be able to select the room during a specific time slot they will receive after applying for housing.
It is unclear if students will be able to select their room from the 2014-15 school year.
“You also have the opportunity to stay with the American Campus family and be placed on the wait list at 922 Place,” Cava said. “Should you select this option, your application fee and security deposit will automatically transfer to 922 Place if a room becomes available.”
According to the 922 Place website, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment costs $679 per lease per month, the same price as Vista del Sol’s four-bedroom, four-bathroom option. 922 Place does not offer a 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom floor plan.
All of 922 Place’s bed spaces are leased individually, meaning each roommate pays a flat rate independent of the other roommates.
Film production sophomore Conrad Kurrle said he had decided not to renew his lease to Vista del Sol before the change was announced. He lived in the complex for the 2013-14, but decided the cost was too much to continue.
“I liked it, but living here is really expensive,” Kurrle said. “Next year, I’m probably going to have to downgrade a bit, but it’s too much to keep living at Vista for another year, no matter if it’s part of ASU housing or not.”
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