USU students scramble for housing after apartments drop them from lease

Aug 8, 2022, 8:31 PM | Updated: Feb 14, 2023, 12:41 pm

LOGAN, Utah – Some students at Utah State University are in a crunch to find housing after hundreds were dumped from their leases at a new apartment complex.

The plan was to let students move into the half of the complex that’s more complete while the other half is finished, but the city said they could not approve the certificate of occupancy because of issues with safety, accessibility and parking. And now, over 200 students are left looking for housing.

“They emailed everybody saying the building won’t be ready in time,” said Taylor Ellsworth.

If you’re leaving home for the first time, a brand new apartment might sound pretty good. But as Ellsworth learned in this case, it was too good to be true. And right now, her fall semester plans are changing completely.

“I just don’t have a place to live up there, so I’m not going to Utah State anymore,” she said.

She’ll take a semester off to work and take it from there.

Taylor Ellsworth explains her new plans for the year.

Ellsworth is one of the many students who learned suddenly that 800 Block apartments wouldn’t be ready in time, for the second year in a row.

“I think what’s hard about it is you have students that want to be Aggies, and if they can’t come to Utah State because they don’t have a place to sleep, then it gets to be tough for them to enroll,” said Katie Jo North, executive director of student enrollment at USU.

North said they got word about 800 Block on the same day students did.

“We’re doing the legwork,” she said. “We’re calling and making sure that they have housing opportunities.”

Katie Jo North, executive director of student enrollment at Utah State University, explains the situation students are in.

North said staff at USU are even asking people in the public who might have space to please reach out.

There is still housing out there, but North said “it’s pretty slim.”

“And now, we have a lot of students that are looking,” she added.

That’s the problem Ellsworth said she ran into — often 50 to 60 people competing for one apartment. And it’s why the decision she’s making now, it really sucks.

“Yeah, it’s my education and I’m putting it on hold because of, like, an apartment complex,” she said. “It doesn’t, like, I don’t know, it’s really upsetting. It’s really frustrating, you know, because I can’t really control it.”

Some students are petitioning the builders to find housing for each displaced student.

Meanwhile, USU housing is regularly updating available apartments on their website.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Image of road damage caused by a rockfall on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive late on March 21, 2023. (NPS/...
Josh Ellis

Rockfalls cause major damage to Zion Nat’l Park roads

Crews are working to repair damaged roads along Zion National Park's Scenic Drive and Kolob Canyons Road after recent rockfalls.
12 hours ago
FILE: Canyon View High School in Cedar City, Utah....
Eliza Pace

Canyon View High School on lockdown

Canyon View High School is currently on lockdown after a tip was received by police.
12 hours ago
Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...
Madison Swenson

UPDATE: Lockout protocol lifted at four Saratoga Springs schools

At approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the lockout protocol was lifted at Vista Heights Middle School, Thunder Ridge Elementary School, Lakeview Academy and Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs.
12 hours ago
Kaitlyn Bancroft

Davis County launches program aimed at keeping parolees from returning to prison

The Utah Department of Corrections, in coordination with the Davis County Sheriff's Office, has launched new programming to help prevent parolees from returning behind bars.
12 hours ago
General views of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, celebrating '100 Years of Wonder' celebratio...
Tamara Vaifanua

Tips for saving money on dining at Disney parks

It’s spring break, and a favorite destination for many Utah families is Disney World or Disneyland. The magical, unforgettable experience doesn’t come cheap, so here are some tips to save on dining.
12 hours ago
Gwyneth Paltrow sits in court, Wednesday, March 22, 2023, in Park City, Utah. Paltrow is accused of...
Sam Metz

Gwyneth Paltrow ski collision trial set for family testimony

Two daughters of a retired optometrist suing Gwyneth Paltrow are expected to testify on Thursday about the lasting effects of their father and Paltrow's 2016 ski collision as the trial takes on an increasingly personal note on the third day of proceedings.
12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
USU students scramble for housing after apartments drop them from lease