MOUTH MOUSE – For some students at Lynn University, leaving a bedroom for a resort-style stay at the Wyndham Hotel in Boca Raton was not difficult.
Antonia Bustamonte, an 18-year-old from New Jersey and one of the 60 students who stay at the hotel due to housing demands on campus, said she is eager to spend time by the pool while studying psychology and criminal justice .
"Like I dreamed about living in a hotel when I was a kid," said freshman Bustamonte as she and her parents dragged their suitcases to the Wyndham Hotel on Thursday. "At first I was a bit sad because I wanted to decorate my room and settle in, but now I agree."
Private Lynn University, on Military Trail south of Yamato Road, will welcome your incoming class Largest on the first day of the fall semester Monday – so many students, in fact, that the university accommodates five dozen students at the hotel, approximately one mile south of the campus.
Freshman Lynn University Antonia Bustamante (18 years old) from New Jersey arrives at Wyndham Boca Raton on Thursday, August 23, 2018. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
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Students will live from two to a double room in the Wyndham, which normally costs around $ 81 per night, according to several booking websites. A shuttle service to and from the campus is provided, said university spokesperson Alyssa Valleau.
Lynn University has the capacity to house 1,186 students. The incoming class has more than 600 students, the largest class registered, Valleau said.
Some of the students who moved into the hotel on Thursday were quickly enthusiastic about the idea.
"When they told me for the first time, I thought I might have to think about going back to Lynn," said Hailey Meagher, an 18-year-old from Chicago. "Then I saw the hotel, now I'm boasting to my friends"
Lynn University student Ricardo Jacobo (left, 18 years old) talks with mother Francesca Jacobo (right) with a snack at the Wyndham Boca Raton on Thursday, August 23, 2018. The student The first year of the Dominican Republic was staying at the hotel with his family temporarily before moving to a room on campus. "I was supposed to stay here, but I have a room on campus," he said. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
The 182-room Wyndham Hotel surrounds a central pool and outdoor patio. There is a tea shop, Trend Tea, on the second floor and a popular restaurant, Farmer's Table, on the first floor. The hotel has space for events, a yoga studio and a covered gym.
Lynn University is not the only local university that transfers students off campus due to housing demand.
Florida Atlantic University also transferred 109 students to the Fairfield Inn by Marriott near its campus on Glades Road, The Palm Beach Post reported.
The university shared plans to add about 1,000 beds to its Boca Raton campus in 2024 to meet the growing demand.
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Freshman Lynn University Hailey Meagher (18) from Chicago passes a shuttle bus to Lynn University when she arrives to register at Wyndham Boca Raton on Thursday, August 23, 2018. (Bruce R Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)