Off-campus apartments not ready for UConn move-in

STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — Many UConn students are ready for school to start, but some of their off-campus apartments aren’t ready for them.

“I am sleeping on a friends couch and it’s really inconvenient because I have had obligations up here since Wednesday,” said Sarah Paduano, who is starting her senior year.

About 100 units at Oaks on the Square, across from the UConn campus, are finished, but they are still going through the final inspection process. EdR Collegiate Housing says in more than 50 years of building, this is the first time they haven’t made deadline. They have apologized to the students and are paying up, offering $200 dollars per day students are out or hotel plus $100 per day, free transportation to and from hotels, free storage units for their belongings, and free moving services.

The company is sending out daily email updates. Some students will be able to move in over the weekend, but for others it may be longer. Sophomore Catherine Lenz got her move in notice earlier this week.

“It was definitely a close call. All summer I was worried about it,” she said. “We kept getting emails saying it’s going to be later, it’s going to be later.”

Her mother, Jennifer Southworth, says it has been tough trying to plan for a moving target date.

“I was concerned because I thought she was going to be staying on someone’s sofa for a week, and then I had to take off work to move her up here, and when were we going to do that not knowing how do I plan?” she said.

How long will students be displaced? The company says it is impossible to predict as the are many variables in the inspection process, but they say days, not weeks.

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