It's move-in day, and some students at the University of South Florida-Saint Petersburg are settling into their new college hotels. Due to housing overflow of upperclassmen at the USFSP campus since 2011, the Hilton has partnered with the university and has made it the permanent Residence Hall Hilton. With amenities such as access to all hotel facilities, weekly linen and cleaning service, as well as other accessories students would otherwise need to bring to the USFSP campus, students are a three-minute drive and eight-minute walk from the campus. However, not all students are pleased with the detached feeling of living away from their peers and campus.
While it costs roughly $3,171-$3,784 per semester to board at USFSP, the RHH is substantially more expensive at $4,984 per semester. Students have different opinions on the unique living arrangement. Freshman Tiffany Bautista complains, "I have to walk all the way to the dorms to do my laundry. It is so tedious having to carry all my laundry to another building," but still claims that "I feel like it hasn’t changed my social life." Others fear the distance makes them just a student "taking classes and then going back to the Holiday Inn." Schools including College of Charleston, Texas Southern, University of Vermont and Paine College have adopted similar living arrangements, but not all are long-term options.
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