ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Lobo Village, UNM's new dorms next to the Pit, will open next month. And when it does, of-age students will be allowed to drink alcohol in their apartments.
University officials said the new building is targeted for upperclassmen and graduate students. Freshmen will not be able to live there, but some students said underage tenants will still live in those apartments.
"When you're dealing with someone 19 and in an apartment with someone who's 21 or 23, it's kind of like peer pressure," said UNM student Alia Dahl.
The Lobo Village is off UNM's main campus; alcohol is still not permitted in the on-campus dorms. The new buildings are considered university housing but will be owned and managed by Texas-based American Campus Communities, according to a UNM spokesperson. The school's agreement with ACC states "that such possession and consumption is in accordance with state laws, except that alcoholic consumption shall not be permitted in common areas within the project," meaning of-age students can only drink inside their apartments.
Some students said the new policy makes sense.
"What I do in my house is what I do in my house," said UNM student Shawn Watts. "And it's not bothering anyone else."
ACC spokesperson Gina Cowart said the Lobo Village's on-site staff will enforce the drinking rules. University officials said ACC will also renovate and manage freshman dorms on the school's main campus. Alcohol will not be permitted in those buildings.
The only other student housing where alcohol is allowed is at UNM's Student and Family Housing on the south campus.
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