University of North Carolina Wilmington Students to See Higher Housing, Meal Costs
Traditional housing, meaning residence hall double rooms, increased by 2 percent — or $49 — last year. In the 2016-17 school year, those living in a residence hall double room will see a $76 increase per semester while those living in the Seahawk Village, Seahawk Landing or Seahawk Crossing apartments will see the biggest increase — $104.
The university is in the bidding process for an estimated $10.1 million in infrastructure improvements at Belk, Graham and Hewlett residence halls, with the work set to begin this summer.
Room rates are set annually by the university’s board of trustees during its December meeting.
Also, on-campus students purchasing an unlimited meal plan could see an average $50 increase per semester next school year. In the 2015-16 school year, meal plans increased by 3.25 percent.
There was no increase in the 2014-15 school year.
There were several reasons listed for the meal plan increases, including $1.5 million in expansion and renovation work planned for dining facilities, increased hours of operation, rising food costs, a new 10,000-square-foot dining facility called “The Hub,” and renovations coming in the 2017 fiscal year to the Madeline Suite in Wagoner Hall.