Wyview asks applicants to wait

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    By RAY HAMMOND

    The waiting for married housing has doubled to 1,800 in the two months since Wyview Park started its waiting list.

    The new apartment complex has also increased the waiting time for married housing. The waiting period was 10 to 12 months in July, it now averages 15 to 16 months, said Bart Stoddard, housing office manager. There is also a fee of $25 to have your name entered on the list.

    Wyview adds 336 two-bedroom apartments and 90 three-bedroom apartments to on-campus housing at a proposed rate of $450 and $540 respectively. More than enough applicants have joined the waiting list.

    “We feel like we will have enough space in the future to accommodate both residents and those waiting,” Stoddard said.

    Current Wymount residents will also be given the opportunity to transfer to Wyview when the apartments become available.

    The words “student-family housing waiting-list” have become commonplace to the BYU student vocabulary, especially to those planning on marriage before finishing school. Whether the waiting period is near completion or just beginning, many students regard the list as a term they would like to forget.

    “It was such a nightmare,” said Tona Davenport, her experience in obtaining an apartment with her husband at Wymount. After waiting for a year on the list, the Davenport’s name came up. Because of a communication mix-up, the Davenports were understood by Wymount to have “deferred” or moved back on the list, accepting an opening at a later time.

    “(Wymount) said we deferred when we hadn’t,” Davenport said.

    This and other experiences made moving in a frustrating experience for the Davenports. Now that they have been Wymount residents for three years, Davenport said she would rather live there than anywhere else while at school.

    “I’d rather live here because it is so close to campus and it’s a fair price,” she said.

    For David Webster, an accounting graduate student and Wymount resident, the move into student family housing and his wife couldn’t have been smoother. Coerced into joining the waiting list by his roommates, Webster was only dating his future wife when his waiting period started.

    “It worked out perfect for us because after a year that we were married (the vacancy) came up,” Webster said. He deferred in April to allow the one-year lease on his off-campus apartment to expire — just as the Wymount space became available.

    Of his married housing experience, Webster said, “The apartments are small but it’s cheap and a lot of fun.”

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