The University of Delaware (UD)’s two 17-story Christiana Towers residence halls will be closed at the end of the 2018-19 academic year, the university recently announced.
The announcement comes as a surprise to the UD community, as the institution’s original plan was to destroy the Towers in 2023-24, after building a new residence hall, according to Delaware Online.
In addition, the 50-year-old Towers were still on the list of on campus dormitories that students could select for the 2019-20 school year, creating a housing shortage. According the university’s news service, students that won’t be accommodated in remaining on-campus apartments were told that they will need to find somewhere else to live.
The UD Office of Residence Life and Housing has been working with students who have been affected by the closure to help find them on- or off-campus housing options.
Currently, the Christiana Towers is the home to around 1,300 students in one- and two-bedroom apartments with their own kitchens and bathrooms, the Delaware Online reported.