As Temple makes the switch to online classes for the rest of the semester, off-campus students who live in Vantage, an apartment building located on 12th and Montgomery, are considering whether or not they should move back home. The building sent out a notice to all tenants Tuesday morning, announcing that all community spaces will be closed through April 30th.
Student Kelsey Jones says that the closing of the sky lounge and other public areas in the building really put into perspective how serious this pandemic is.
The building has been promoting healthy habits, but ultimately the safest place to currently be is at home. Vantage has recommended that students go back home to return and be with their families, as the university has advised. However, some students are choosing to stay in the building.
Sophomore Taylen King said, “I think I’m going to stay, as of right now, um especially because I live off-campus and um, I pay my rent and everything and I just want to make the most of it. Also, I don’t want to bring harm to my older family members back home by going home so, i feel like it’s just better if I stay here.”
For some students, returning home may not be realistic, due to priorities they have in Philadelphia.
Jones says she’ll be leaving campus for about a week, but will return because of her job. She wishes that she could spend extra time with her family during this time.
Currently, there are no reported cases of coronavirus on the property and students are encouraged to practice social distancing. The building closed their office for all incoming tours and property visits until further notice, but will still be available via Facetime, Skype, call, chat, and email.