The Future Plans of POSTECH Dormitory
The Future Plans of POSTECH Dormitory
  • Chung Yu-sun
  • 승인 2012.09.26 19:21
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For the past few months, POSTECH students have been concerned about a potential lack of dormitory rooms. In the first semester, two undergraduate students had to live on the semi-basement floor due to the lack of rooms in the RC (Residential College) dormitory. An uproar occurred when the Housing Office proposed the movement of female students from the dorm #21 to dorm #20. Along with the fact that 20 more students (CITE students) have been accepted compared to the past, it is inevitable to question whether POSTECH will be able to maintain its dormitory policy.
The Housing Office, however, assures students that there is no need to worry. The Housing Office Manager, Mr. Kim Seung Kyum, explained that the lack of rooms is at its peak only during the first week of school. Once the first week passes, more rooms are available. The reason is that students, who decide to take the semester off whether to join the military or for other personal reasons, initially sign up for a place in the dormitory, but later move out. This causes ineffectively spread out empty rooms. Nonetheless, rooms are supposedly available. Moreover, the Housing Office is trying to reorganize the distribution of dormitories among undergraduates, graduates, and researchers. POSTECH has 300 rooms for married students. However, as the recent trend has changed for people to marry at an older age, the rooms are not efficiently used. Hence, housing managers have decided that 25 rooms will be renovated and undergraduate students will be able to live there at a slightly higher price. Regarding the issue of surplus of acceptance, as a new major (CITE) has been created, Posville #6 dormitory is scheduled to be prepared for students. Unfortunately, the researchers who now live there will have to move out.
Even though the Housing Office ensures that the lack of dormitory rooms is not an issue, some complications must be considered. If undergraduate students cannot graduate within four years, then the cost of living in a dormitory doubles. On the 10th semester, it may even become difficult to obtain a dormitory at that doubled price. Furthermore, it is questionable whether it is ideal to drive out researchers who desire to live in Posville Apartments, which were originally constructed for their use.
 In any second semester, it is visible how less crammed the dormitory is. As a result, this dormitory issue has somewhat settled down. However, once returning students and new freshmen come in the following year, the buried questions will pop up once more. To settle the case, the Housing Office has to effectively communicate with the students and come up with a more concrete plan.