Students signed up for student housing at The American University in Cairo no longer have the option of staying at the Dusit Thani Lakeview hotel, according to the Office of Residential Life.
In an e-mail sent out to dorm residents on Oct. 16, Associate Dean for Residential Life Fatma Youssef wrote that the hotel “will not work out due to demands of hotel management.”
Instead, students are offered a limited number of apartments, which Youssef warned was “not an attractive offer.”
“It will take several weeks to arrange for internet service; the location of the apartment may be distant from a shuttle bus stop, there is no security available and no laundry service,” wrote Youssef.
However, in return, students will have more space and kitchen facilities.
The e-mail comes after a meeting with the students on Oct. 14 outlining three housing options for students not planning to withdraw from student housing: move to the Dusit Thani Lake View, move to Maadi hotel, located 15 minutes from downtown, or stay in the army hotels, with the possibility of having to leave for the four-day duration of a political conference.
For the duration of the conference, students planning on remaining in the army hotels have the option of going on a university-sponsored trip to Ein Sokhna on the Red Sea or stay with a friend in the Zamalek dorms, free of charge.
Buses will be provided to take students to and from Ein Sokhna to attend classes.
Though the deadline to request moving to another hotel is today, Youssef warned that the university must meet a minimum quota of residents before being able to reach an acceptable deal with hotel managements.
“If there are not enough residents to meet the minimum requirement of a particular hotel, we will not be able to utilize that hotel option,” she wrote.
The deadline to withdraw from student housing has also been extended to Oct. 22.