- Why are the policies changing?
These changes enable us to contract with approximately 190 more UT Austin students per year. Also, by designating the Brackenridge complex as family housing and Colorado and Gateway complexes as single occupancy housing, we are able to create a better program and operation for students.
- What are the new occupancy limits by complexes?
Occupancy limits for Brackenridge apartments (family housing):
- One-bedroom apartment, two–three occupants
- Two-bedroom apartment, two–five occupants
- Three-bedroom apartment, four–seven occupants
Occupancy limits for Colorado and Gateway apartments (single occupancy housing):
- One-bedroom apartment, maximum of one UT Austin student contract holder
- Two-bedroom apartment, maximum of two UT Austin student contract holders
- Guests will not be permitted to reside in or visit Colorado or Gateway units beyond 72 hours
- Why is family housing moving to Brackenridge?
Brackenridge was chosen for family housing because it is the only complex with three-bedroom apartments that can accommodate up to seven people. It also has multiple playgrounds to accommodate families with children.
- How are family members defined?
“Family members” are defined as individuals who are related to the contract holder by marriage, dependency or some other form of recognized familial relationship. The phrase “familial relationship” is inclusive and captures a broader definition of how people view their families. Familial relationships that are eligible for family housing at University Apartments under this policy include but are not limited to:
- common law marriage
- civil union
- domestic partnership
- informal marriage
- dependent minor
- What is the purpose of the Occupancy Preference Form?
The spring 2019 Occupancy Preference Form allows University Housing and Dining to collect current contract holders’ preferences so that staff can coordinate the apartment transfer timeline based on eligibility and availability. This form is not a contract offer or binding commitment for renewal. The information received from the form is used to assign spaces in time to offer 2019-2020 contracts. So that you can have additional time to evaluate your housing options, the Occupancy Preference Form deadline is extended to April 29. Current contract holders must complete the Occupancy Preference Form. We encourage you to do that as soon as possible so we can begin offering contracts in a timely manner.
- What are the requirements for the Family Member Notarized Letter?
The affidavit is a written sworn statement (notarized letter) that serves as a record of your familial relationship(s). Notaries verify the identity of the person signing the letter and do not verify the content of your letter. To help you with this new process, UHD will provide guidance in the coming weeks. We will also provide a notary service at University Apartments and a list of local notary services.
- Who will have to transfer units?
Contract holders with family members, as defined by the guest policy, will need to relocate to Brackenridge. Contract holders who don’t have family members living with them who reside in Brackenridge will need to relocate to Colorado or Gateway.
- When will I have to move?
If you are required to transfer apartments, you will be contacted by staff to coordinate your move date. Residents will not be required to move before June but will have the option to move sooner. All transfers will be scheduled between the months of April and December.
- What happens to the guests that aren’t contract holders?
Guests will need to vacate unless they meet eligibility to live in family housing or are a UT Austin student with a contract.
- Why does a three-bedroom apartment at Brackenridge require a minimum of four occupants?
There are a limited number of three-bedroom units (47 three-bedroom units). In an effort to maximize space assignments in the facilities, occupancy limits are needed in order to allow for various family sizes. The three-bedroom units are reserved for families with four to seven family members.
- Can family visit beyond the 72-hour guest limit?
Residents will have the option of submitting a “Family Member Extended Visit Request Form” to Apartments staff. A family member can be approved to visit with the contract holder between 3-21 days.
- Why are term limits changing?
Term limits are changing from a maximum of seven years to a maximum of five years to allow more graduate students to live in University Apartments. Current contract holders who have reached a five-year term by July 1, 2019, will be given up to a one-year extension, upon request.