Student housing opinions – your mileage may vary

Opinions. Everybody has one, and students living at the three main residence facilities on and off the UVa-Wise campus are no different.

The Highland Cavalier’s writing staff sampled the opinions of some students regarding their choice of housing service this academic year.

One popular housing option among students is Walk2Campus, within a short distance of UVa-Wise.

Walk2Campus - an apartment complex within walking distance to campus. Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier
Walk2Campus – an apartment complex within walking distance to campus.
Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier

“It feels like a better quality of housing to me”, UVa-Wise senior Joe LaCava said when asked about Walk2Campus in comparison to other housing options.

“All of the appliances are really cheap, actually,” When asked about the quality of the appliances at Walk2Campus, Francis Zakama said. “The buildings went up really quick, so they just kind of threw in the appliances.”

“Some cons of living here are your neighbors,” Zakama added. “Neighbors can be really loud at times when you’re trying to study and things like that.”

Zakama said that his choice had some advantages, though.

“I feel like living here kind of makes you feel independent, like you have to take care of everything yourself.”

Regarding the college’s housing facilities, several students had varying opinions.

Freshman students interviewed seemed to have the most diverse attitudes about their living situation.

Delmont Gray, a male resident of McCraray Hall, seems to be experiencing more of a negative effect living on campus than positive.

Commonwealth - a UVa-Wise on-campus residence hall. Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier
Commonwealth – a UVa-Wise on-campus residence hall.
Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier

“Even though living in McCraray is peaceful and well furnished, I think there is overall too much wrong with this building for me to have a good time,” said Gray. “McCraray lacks air conditioning, therefore I am constantly hot. Plus, the bathrooms are hardly ever clean, and don’t even get me started on the bad internet connection. Living here is nowhere near a home away from home for me, because there are not enough activities for me to do on campus, like there was back home.”

“In my opinion, Walk2Campus is the most appealing housing option, because everyone living there has their own space,” Gray said. “They don’t have to worry about answering to residential advisers and following a lot of regulations.”

Matt Martin, also a male resident of McCraray Hall, views his experience differently.

“Even though living in McCraray can be a little nasty sometimes because some people don’t always clean up after themselves, as a whole, I love living here,” said Martin. “All in all, living on campus appeals to me more than Cavs Housing and Walk 2 Campus. I say this because I like the meal plan. If I lived at Cavs Housing or Walk2Campus, I’d probably have to spend way more money on food than I do here.”

Another housing choice is Cavalier Housing, which is located in central Wise on college row. Cavalier Housing, or “Cavs Housing” is a renovated hospital that offers the cheapest rent option for college living.

Cavalier Housing - an apartment complex in Wise. Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier
Cavalier Housing – an apartment complex in Wise.
Photo: Madison Ray | The Highland Cavalier

Cavs Housing consists of two buildings. The top building, which was added after the complex was renovated, has more apartment-style rooms opposed to the dorm style found in the lower building.

“It had a bed, desk, and dresser,” resident Zach Evans said of his Cavs Housing unit. “I have had the breaker get tripped once in the kitchen other than that no issues.”

Evans also said that “Cavalier Housing offers the most for the best price … it’s like another stepping stone to becoming completely dependent after college,” Evans added.

When asked if the appliances have had any issues, Cavs Housing resident Zack Moore said, “There was a day where the water wasn’t working … the Wi-Fi likes to cut out a little”.

The biggest factor that led to Moore living at Cavs Housing was the price.

“It’s pretty cheap, and everything is here.”

Want to learn more about these leasing options? We’ve gathered information for you here, or find out what the managers of these locations have to say.

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