The University of Missouri will reopen the three dorms closed last year for students, according to UM System President Mun Choi.
The University of Missouri closed Discovery, Excellence and Respect halls to students last fall and rented out rooms in the dorms to the public for $120 per night. MU did this to compensate for the roughly $60 million in budget cuts for the 2018 fiscal year.
MU News Bureau Associate Director Liz McCune says that the housing program generated just under $125,000 in revenue.
“As an experiment, I think it was successful,” McCune says. “But we would much rather be using those resident halls for our students.”
In an interview with Missourinet, Choi says that there are several factors prompting
the reopening of the dorms.
“Part of that is due to additional student interest in attending Mizzou, as well as reductions that were announced to reduce the costs of dining and residence halls at the university,” Choi says.
All of the halls will be used for student housing except Responsibility Hall, which is currently being leased by MU Healthcare. The dorms are set to reopen next fall.