Off Campus Stevens Students

8/11/2010:

Students from Stevens headed to the Vanguard

Naturally, surrounding any college campus like Stevens Institute of Technology, some college kids actually move into standard residential apartments (if their parents can afford it.) It’s their right.

However, one Hoboken411 reader is concerned about an apparent arrangement that Applied Development Company has made with the only college in Hoboken… read on to see their concerns:

“I thought you (along with others, esp. those in the Shipyard) would like to know that Applied Co. is evidently moving a bunch of Steven’s students into the Vanguard (above the uptown Starbucks). I am a resident here and saw moving trucks full of dorm furniture being hauled into the South Vanguard today. I stopped one of the movers and he told me what they were doing. I asked him how many apartments and he was unsure (I would estimate at least 10 likely more). I am assuming at least 2 to each bedroom (they had bunkbeds with them).

It is a little off putting to think I live here with my young family and now a bunch of teenagers who have just left home are going to be moving in. I didn’t sign on to live in a dorm.”

They go on to add that Applied hasn’t been that bad:

“From my own personal experience of living here I will say Applied has been an okay landlord. They fix things in my apartment in a timely manner and are very responsive to emails and calls. The building itself is okay (the walls are a bit thin, the interiors a bit dull) but that is to be expected in a rental and is all stuff I knew before I moved in here. That said, to think that a bunch of college students will be using my home as a dorm pisses me off. That is not the bill of goods I was sold when I moved in here a year ago.”

I responded back, suggesting that these students might be of a “different caliber” than standard college kids – and that perhaps they should wait to see what develops – and that I’d snap a fresh photo of the Vanguard and post the story this week nonetheless…

“I am actually not averse to giving them a chance, since I was in college too. I know how students (even Engineering students) roll. Loud music and drinking are the rule, not the exception. Then again, this IS Hoboken. I guess that is to be expected. Bah. As far as your picture, there are SO many “flattering” angles from which to capture this miracle of architecture which is The Yuppie Prison, I mean The Vanguard. Good luck.”

So the questions are:

  • Should the landlord or developer make it clear what kind of tenants occupy the units in the building?
  • Do you think these kids will “behave?”
  • How would you handle the situation? Be angry? Or invite yourself over (every night) for free beer pong?

Makes me want an ice cold can of Piels beer.

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24 Comments on "Off Campus Stevens Students"

dc134
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dc134
I also understand the writer’s reaction. That being said, students who were interested in moving to off-campus housing were required to go through a number of interviews. Additionally, their school records were checked. The school holds those students living off-campus to a higher standard than those on campus. In response to the partying as a must, Stevens is one of the last places I would consider a party school. Understood that there are a good number of parties, but it isn’t like fraternity central. College students aren’t really as far from the “real world” as you may think. First off, about half the Stevens students are already working for such companies as Verizon and Hess. They have a real salary for doing a real job with real responsibilities. Other students have already published their research in numerous scientific journals. Among the students here, there are those who have authored and published novels, those who have started and are successfully running their own businesses, and those who are working for Homeland Security. Additionally, there are a number of students here that, instead of spending their free time partying and frolicking through your home, as you insist they do, are doing numerous volunteer jobs that deal with public safety. There are volunteer firefighters. There are students that volunteer at Hoboken University Medical Center. There are volunteer EMTs. Think of the number of people who put their very lives into the hands of this “bunch of teenagers” as you so kindly call them.… Read more »
pawzclawz
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pawzclawz
This is one of the best posts. “Well Done&Well Said!” [quote comment=”196550″]I also understand the writer’s reaction. That being said, students who were interested in moving to off-campus housing were required to go through a number of interviews. Additionally, their school records were checked. The school holds those students living off-campus to a higher standard than those on campus.In response to the partying as a must, Stevens is one of the last places I would consider a party school. Understood that there are a good number of parties, but it isn’t like fraternity central. College students aren’t really as far from the “real world” as you may think. First off, about half the Stevens students are already working for such companies as Verizon and Hess. They have a real salary for doing a real job with real responsibilities.Other students have already published their research in numerous scientific journals. Among the students here, there are those who have authored and published novels, those who have started and are successfully running their own businesses, and those who are working for Homeland Security.Additionally, there are a number of students here that, instead of spending their free time partying and frolicking through your home, as you insist they do, are doing numerous volunteer jobs that deal with public safety. There are volunteer firefighters. There are students that volunteer at Hoboken University Medical Center. There are volunteer EMTs. Think of the number of people who put their very lives into the hands of this “bunch… Read more »
matt1122
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matt1122

I think the writer’s reaction is understandable, but rather than worrying about a potential problem that may exist he or she should wait to see what really happens. A few college students rent rooms in our Condo Association and they’re very courteous and considerate to their neighbors. They understand that they aren’t living in a college dorm, and they behave as would anyone else living in the building.

Sure, you may not be so lucky, but instead of worrying about *who’s* moving in, work with your landlord or condo association to ensure that rules/policies are in place allowing any undesirables to be dealt with properly should they move in and cause trouble – whether they’re college students or just some obnoxious middle-aged individual.

tburns
Member

Stevens students have been living in Condos and apartments throughout Hoboken for years. Just like any neighbors. Urban living means you live in a tight space with all kinds of folks you may or may not get along with – so many personal variations, habits, schedules. But one of the great joys of being in a city is building community with people you would not otherwise have known. Strike the right balance of friendliness, acceptance and respect for your own priorities (sleep, cleaniliness, etc.) and you may find yourself very happy with your new neighbors. Peace.

homeworld
Member

Unless your building is full of Stevens business majors (that have a much more reduced credit load than science or engineering), they’ll have too much work to be partying all week long.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

“I live here with my young family and now a bunch of teenagers who have just left home are going to be moving in. ” BBBAAARRRFFFF!! It is couples with young kids living in apartments that are problematic. Grow up and get a home for those children to play in rather than the doorway of Starbucks.

Stevens students are the creme de la creme. The nouveau residents of Hoboken are only here because they happen to have the idiot finance jobs that pay the mortgages while Wal Sttreet ruins the economy. I would give my right arm to have more of a focus on intelligence rather than “Jonsing it” in Hoboken. Look at the assinine ads for the waterfront building touting “elite” etc. BS this is the worst behaved group of neighbors I have encountered in my travels.

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