UI housing to offer free laundry Wednesday

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Beginning spring semester, students living in University residence halls will no longer use quarters or credits to pay for laundry, but the cost will be included in housing fees.

Ruby said students now living in residence halls won’t see an increase in their housing bill next semester. Similar to tuition, she said housing is locked in at a “constant rate.” Students who choose to live in residence halls for multiple years pay the same rate each year.

Room and board rates for new students are anticipated to increase slightly next year, as they do every year, Ruby said.

She said the company that provides the University’s “point of sale” system, which controls services such as laundry credits or dining hall “swipes,” will be updating its technology.

Updating the technology in every residence hall laundry room would be a “significant investment” for the University, Ruby said. Instead, the University decided to funnel the money that would have been spent on the upgrade toward laundry cost.

Housing will offer free laundry to students in residence halls from 9 a.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday.

The free laundry is part of a promotion with Jetz, which supplies the University’s washers and dryers, said Kirsten Ruby, associate director of housing for communications and marketing.

The promotion is an annual event provided to students living in residence halls.

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