Off Campus Stevens Students
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.