ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Billy Milazzo got kicked out of his residence hall this year because there wasn't enough room. Residence Hall One at USF St. Petersburg was overcrowded.
Now when Billy heads to his room following a tough day at class, he has a difficult decision to make - the hot tub, the swimming pool, or a workout in the gym. Billy is one of approximately 50 students 'forced' to live in relative luxury at the St. Petersburg Hilton.
"We do have a jacuzzi and a pool," said Milazzo. "It's so nice to head back there after a long day of classes."
USF St. Petersburg Vice Chancelor Dr. Kent Kelso says the Hilton offered to help out with the university's overcrowded residence hall. It offered a rate of about $8.50 a day more than it costs to house a student in a dorm.
In exchange, the students get all the amenities of the hotel, including maid service. "The Hilton seemed to work out," said Kelso. "It's within a block or two of this campus. Easy access and easily supervised by my housing staff."
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