Stu­dents camp for hous­ing

UD stu­dents pitch tents for Lang apart­ments

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By BROOKE SCHULTZ bschultz@ches­

It wasn’t the prom­ise of new tech­nol­ogy or live mu­sic that spurred dozens of stu­dents to set up tents on Dean Drive this week. In­stead, it was the best shot at get­ting an off-cam­pus apart­ment through Lang De­vel­op­ment Group.

“The first night was quiet,” said Bran­don Hook­stadt, a ju­nior at the Univer­sity of Delaware. “It was just about just about us four [groups] and then Mon­day morn­ing is when other peo­ple started ar­riv­ing.”

Hook­stadt – and his four fu­ture room­mates – were among the UD stu­dents who spent mul­ti­ple days camp­ing out in front of the Lang De­vel­op­ment Group of­fice in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Wed­nes­day, when Lang be­gan ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for more than 300 rental units next year.

Most stu­dents take turns with their room­mates through­out the wait, so that some can re­turn to their rooms for show­ers or at­tend class while some­one else holds their spot in line.

Hook­stadt and his friends have their eyes on Christo­pher Court, the apart­ments above Roots Nat­u­ral Kitchen on Main Street.

“I know a lot of the stu­dents don’t get Lang be­cause of this and they don’t want to camp out and they might feel that they might not have a good apart­ment if they don’t camp out,” he said. “But, you know, it’s all right. I’m go­ing to be a se­nior. It’s a three-day thing for a nice apart­ment the en­tire year. It’s not bad.”

Ja­dia White, a fresh­man, was the sec­ond to ar­rive on-site Sun­day.

“It’s weird,” she said. “I’ve never done any­thing like it be­fore, but I know that a lot of peo­ple – like there’s an­other girl who did this for Fire­fly, so like this isn’t new to her. It’s not as bad as I thought it was go­ing to be.”

White said the staff at Lang has been nice to the fu­ture ten­ants, bring­ing them pizza and of­fer­ing them things to drink through­out the day.

“We’re hon­ored that ten­ants ap­pre­ci­ate our prod­uct so much they’re will­ing to camp out for three days,” Chris Locke, gen­eral coun­sel for Lang De­vel­op­ment, said last year dur­ing the an­nual cam­pout. “We’re hum­bled by the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The tra­di­tion started about seven years ago, he said.

“There’s just like a lot of com­pe­ti­tion for Lang apart­ments,” said Alyssa Barnes, whose group has been there since Mon­day morn­ing in the hopes of se­cur­ing an apart­ment at Main Street Plaza. “So we came pretty early.”

Ethan Gold­en­thal, an­other stu­dent camp­ing out, said that it gets a “lit­tle hot in the tent,” but oth­er­wise hasn’t been too bad.

“Their pol­icy is first come first serve,” he said. “And clearly Lang is one of the best de­vel­op­ments in UD, so peo­ple will go to ex­treme lengths to get a good spot.”


Alyssa Barnes does home­work while camp­ing out­side of Lang De­vel­op­ment Group in an­tic­i­pa­tion for Wed­nes­day morn­ing, when Lang De­vel­op­ment Group be­gan ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for its rental units next year.

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