A temporarily Tripled Room is a room originally designed for two students and typically used as a double, but has enough space to be comfortably, and temporarily, converted into a triple.
To create a Tripled Room, two of the three beds are bunked, leaving one bed singled out. All students living in a Tripled Room will receive his/her own bed, dresser, desk, and chair. The three students are asked to share closet space until the third person can be moved out.
As ODU's campus continues to expand and evolve, the demand for student housing continues to increase. This year, we will be welcoming an incoming ﬁrst-year class of over 2,600 students, many of whom will be joining our residential community. Due to the continued desire for on-campus housing, Housing & Residence Life must utilize Tripled Housing as a way to temporarily increase our capacity and oﬀer housing to more students.
Why Would a Student Get Assigned to a Triple?
Due to the demand of housing, students will be assigned to Tripled Housing in order of completed date of the application process. Many students sign up to attend ODU and intend to live on campus, but some students' plans change over the summer and into the fall semester. Assigning students to a temporary space in a Tripled Room provides a student the opportunity to begin their time at ODU living on-campus until we can secure a vacant space from another student who has decided not to attend ODU.
Tripled Housing Credit
Tripled Students will receive a per week credit applied towards their housing charges for the time in which they are assigned to temporary Tripled Housing. This discount is for the actual Tripled Student, as well as the roommates of the Tripled Student. The Tripled Housing Credit will be applied to students' spring housing charges (please note that the Tripled Housing Credit does not apply to meal plans). Students who decide to remain together in the triple agreement after a permanent space is oﬀered, do forfeit the triple credit for the remainder of the year.
Hints for a Successful Experience
- Take the time early on to talk to your roommates about important issues, such as visitors, quiet time, sleep schedule, etc. Your RA/CA will be available to help guide you through the Roommate Agreement Process.
- The key to a good roommate relationship is developing positive, open communication.
- Contact both of your roommates to discuss what everyone plans to bring.
- Break the ice with your roommates and get to know each other.
- Utilize your RA if you start to have any problems; don't let things build up.
- Have an open mind; if you come expecting problems you will have problems. You alone decide what type of experience you have.
How Long are Students Assigned to a Triple Room?
The length of stay in a temporarily Tripled Room is hard to predict as it depends upon other students vacating spaces. Students should anticipate being in a Tripled Room for the ﬁrst few weeks of the fall semester and are given priority as new spaces become vacant. In some cases, students will be removed from a Tripled Room prior to move-in.
When a new space is identified, the Tripled Student will be assigned to the new space. It is important to remember that while we will make every attempt to keep you within the same community during the de-tripling process, it cannot always be guaranteed. We will work to ensure this process imposes as little inconvenience as possible to all students.
Students who are de-tripled prior to opening will receive an email notiﬁcation from Housing & Residence Life. Once the halls are open, students will work with their hall staﬀ on this process. This is an ongoing process that is not complete until all students have been de-tripled. Be sure to check your email regularly for updates.
Do I Have to Move?
Yes, and no. If we are able to oﬀer a space to the Tripled Student during the ﬁrst four weeks of the semester, de-tripling is required. However, if we are unable to oﬀer a permanent assignment by the start of the 5th week, Tripled Students will be given the opportunity to remain in the Tripled Room permanently. If all students decide to remain in the room/suite they will be required to ﬁll out the Voluntary Triple Agreement and understand that once agreed upon, this is permanent, no change can be made to de-triple at a later date. Students who choose the Voluntary Triple Agreement also lose the Tripled Housing Credit for the remainder of the year.