Overcrowding leads to Courtyard’s hotel

Due to overcrowded residence halls, the University of the Incarnate Word has contracted with Courtyard by Marriott, a hotel near the airport, the second year in a row to house some upperclassmen.

Last fall, UIW contracted the hotel for the semester but gradually was able to move some Courtyard residents back to campus later during the term and had everyone back by spring – a scenario the Office of Residence Life hopes to repeat.

Freshmen who live out of San Antonio and international students got first dibs at campus housing.

Residence Life has been using its website to alert students about Courtyard’s availability, its cost and its perks. Although the hotel, 8615 Broadway, is 5.6 miles from campus, Residence Life is assigning a resident assistant to the facility to ensure students get the same services and follow the same rules as if they were on campus.

Only double rooms are available, the campus meal plan is optional and a free semester VIA bus pass is available the first day on check-in. Students have the same amenities as hotel guests to the swimming pool, continental breakfast, exercise room, Internet and three-times-a-week cleaning service.

“Please know that students housed at the (hotel) will enjoy the same privileges as main campus residents and more,” Residence Life said on its website.


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