NYU’s social-distance fix for dorms? Leasing hotel rooms

Northeastern University in Boston will use 2,000 hotel rooms for dorms

New York /
Jun.June 05, 2020 10:50 AM
New York University may lease thousands of hotel rooms near its Greenwich Village campus to maintain social distance between students. (iStock, Wikipedia Commons)

New York University may lease thousands of hotel rooms near its Greenwich Village campus to maintain social distance between students. (iStock, Wikipedia Commons)

Colleges across the country sent students home in March because of the coronavirus. Now, they’re debating when to bring them back — and how.

New York University is considering renting thousands of hotel rooms near its Greenwich Village campus to serve as dorms, Bloomberg reported. The rooms would allow for more social distancing between students, who NYU expects will return to campus in the fall.

Other universities are also weighing hotel rooms as an option to keep students socially distant. Northeastern University will use an additional 2,000 beds in hotels and apartments near its Boston campus to reduce density in its residency halls.

The move would alleviate two problems at once: empty hotels, deprived of revenue, and the logistics of bringing students back safely to college campuses. Hotels have seen occupancy rates plummet amid stay-at-home orders. In recent weeks, hotel occupancy has recovered somewhat, but remains at roughly half of normal levels.

In March, some of the most expensive hotels in the country housed emergency workers and non-critical Covid-19 patients. In April, New York City moved some homeless persons into additional hotel rooms to prevent the spread of coronavirus in crowded shelters.

[Bloomberg] — Georgia Kromrei


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
An aerial of 56655 Route 25 in Southold (Google Maps)
Southold zoning board approves controversial hotel — with caveats
Southold zoning board approves controversial hotel — with caveats
Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty, iStock)
NYC talked about converting hotels into affordable housing. Nothing’s happened yet
NYC talked about converting hotels into affordable housing. Nothing’s happened yet
Warehousing, construction notch November job gains
Warehousing, construction notch November job gains
Warehousing, construction notch November job gains
(Facebook via The Palms Hotel Fire Island)
Fire (Island) sale: Palms Hotel hits the market
Fire (Island) sale: Palms Hotel hits the market
Trump International Hotel D.C. and Donald Trump (Getty, Trump Hotels)
Trump could profit $100M in DC hotel sale
Trump could profit $100M in DC hotel sale
Dave Grutman and Jeffrey Soffer
WATCH: Jeffrey Soffer and Dave Grutman talk hospitality post-Covid and branching into Vegas
WATCH: Jeffrey Soffer and Dave Grutman talk hospitality post-Covid and branching into Vegas
NYC hotels hoping for holiday business swell likely to be disappointed
NYC hotels hoping for holiday business swell likely to be disappointed
NYC hotels hoping for holiday business swell likely to be disappointed
New York City has largely regained residents who fled in the pandemic
New York City has largely regained residents who fled in the pandemic
New York City has largely regained residents who fled in the pandemic
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...