Jan 12, 2012 4:03 PM by Chris Welty
After a much deserved break, thousands of UL Lafayette students returned to school Wednesday.
This school year brings lots of excitement as UL has several major construction projects underway.
Just last year, UL's new dorms became a reality and one week ago, the newsest dorms, Huger Hall opened. "Students have asked for it for so long and they deserve to have new residence halls and upgraded facilities," said Linda Landry, Director of Housing at UL.
Almost 400 students live here and say it's like living in a hotel, and that it was a much needed upgrade.
"Stokes was a bit of a prison. The cinder-block walls, the shared shower that you have to walk past another person to get to your shower. It wasn't nice like this at all," said Alex Smith.
Deandra Edwards says, "people say that college dorms are small and cramped, but these are really nice."
Two more residence halls are expected to open in August with more than 2,000 beds despite the university expecting budget cuts of more than three million dollars.
"This project is self funded. Students that we house in the residence halls will turn around and pay the note on the residence halls so to speak." said Landry.
If you're interested in applying for on campus housing, click this link: http://housing.louisiana.edu/