ANN ARBOR, MI — The University of Michigan has canceled housing contracts for the winter semester for all but a certain number of undergraduate students to limit the number of students on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But there is another option students affected by this action will have.
Some hotels, such as the DoubleTree by Hilton Ann Arbor North, the Graduate Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel, are offering student rates for the winter semester.
All three are offering single- and double-occupancy rooms. Tyler Glombowski, a sales manager at the DoubleTree, said single rooms start at $1,500 plus tax per month, and double occupancy rooms are $2,000 per month plus tax.
Those rates tend to be a little bit more expensive than UM’s housing contracts because of housekeeping and extra amenities that students wouldn’t get in dorms, Glombowski said. It’s also a month-to-month contract, so if students wanted to move after one month, they are able to do so, Glombowski said.
Rooms at the DoubleTree include a microwave, refrigerator, desk, TV and Wi-Fi, as well as on-site laundry and fitness facilities. Officials are considering sectioning off two floors for students and having a dedicated meeting spaces where students could study and hang out, Glombowski said.
“The whole point of going to college is to get that college experience… so with our hotel and our proximity to campus, I think we’re in a great location,” Glombowski said.
Rooms at the Graduate Ann Arbor are about $100 per night on average, but rates could vary based on occupancy, cleaning frequency and other elements, according to Jason Nelson, general manager.
The Graduate has offered student rates in the past, and the hotel will be accommodating students next semester within the recommendations set by local and government health officials, Nelson said. More than a dozen Graduate hotel properties are offering similar options for students across the country, Nelson said.
“Our goal is to create a safe and distanced housing option for students who are familiar and comfortable with the Graduate Ann Arbor experience.,” Nelson said. “We are grateful to be able to provide safe and healthy spaces for students during what has been an incredibly difficult and non-traditional school year for all.”
The Ann Arbor Regent is also offering single and double occupancy rooms that include breakfast and free parking, according to Kathy Hitchings, director of sales and marketing. The Regent declined to provide information regarding the cost of rooms.
UM was not aware that hotels are offering rooms to students and does not support the effort, according to UM spokesman Rick Fitzgerald. The university is encouraging students who can access their classes remotely to remain at their permanent residence next semester, Fitzgerald said.
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