WPI will house about 185 first-year students at the Worcester Hampton Inn during the 2020-2021 academic year as part of the university’s efforts to reduce density in residence halls during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The students plus eight resident advisors (RAs) will fully occupy the hotel at 65 Prescott St., which is located between WPI’s Gateway Park campus and Faraday Hall. WPI has contracted with the Hampton Inn for the entire academic year.
The hotel will operate as a WPI residence hall and will follow the same practices and protocols as all other WPI residence halls. The Residential Services Office (RSO) will work to provide the students assigned to the Hampton Inn with an experience similar to the experience enjoyed by students living in traditional WPI residence halls.
- Upper class students will live in the building as RAs.
- All students housed at the hotel will be required to sign up for a meal plan. Chartwells, the university’s meal-service vendor, will provide dinner service at the hotel.
- Rooms will be doubles, with two beds, two desks, two chairs, a closet and wardrobe, minifridge, microwave, and television.
- Each room will have a bathroom with shower/tub..
- Cleaning services and maintenance will be provided by hotel staff
- WPI Campus Police will support the building, as well, by responding to and reporting incidents.
Adding the Hampton Inn to student housing options will allow WPI to de-densify its existing residence halls while maintaining residential capacity for first-year students, who are typically required to live on campus.
WPI housing assignments will be announced in August.