Eastern Michigan University offers single rooms to students who want them

University offers new option for campus residence halls amid coronavirus pandemic


YPSILANTI, Mich. – Eastern Michigan University is guaranteeing a single room on campus starting this fall for any enrolled student who wants one.

The Ypsilanti school announced its “EMU Single Room Guarantee” in response to physical distancing and other safety concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s for students living in campus residence halls who don’t want a roommate. Students who wish to have a roommate will continue to have that option.

Single rooms typically cost approximately $2,500 a year more than a shared, double room, Eastern Michigan said.

Under the new plan, the university is offering a credit to reduce the annual cost of a single room to $100 per month more than the cost of sharing a room. The credit provides an annual savings of $1,700 over the typical single room rate.

“We have heard from many students and parents about this issue,” Eastern Michigan President James Smith said. “They question how students can practice safe physical distancing when they have a roommate in close proximity to them in a residence hall room. We understand a single room may not be for everyone, but we also know and have heard from many who desire such accommodations at this time.”

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