Noble 2500 apartment complex delays move-in date two months after scheduled open

Madeline Duncan, Senior News Reporter

When the future residents of West Campus apartment complex Noble 2500 signed their leases, they were told the building would be ready for move-in by mid-August. Now, two months later, Noble continues to push back their opening date, leaving students frustrated.

Noble 2500 is a student housing complex located on the corner of San Gabriel and 25th Street. Students who signed last spring were told construction on the building would be done in time to move in at the beginning of the fall semester, but the apartment complex remains unopened as of Oct. 18. Students who signed a lease for this year received two options until the complex is ready: pay rent, live at the Moxy hotel on Guadalupe Street and receive $40 a day, or find alternative housing, pay no rent and receive $150 a day.

Some residents said they received an email Monday telling students staying at the Moxy hotel that management was extending their option to mid-November, implying that the building may not be ready to move into until then. 

“The ownership group and its construction team are working tirelessly to meet our October 30 timeline but recognize there remains outstanding items that need to come together to make that happen,” the email reads. “At this time, we are unable to provide an exact move-in date, and we would like to continue to emphasize that our move-in timeline is subject to change.”

Noble 2500 did not respond to multiple requests from the Texan to comment.

Jordan Su, a mechanical engineering junior who signed at Noble 2500 last spring, said she and her roommates chose to figure out their own living situation. 

“Me and my roommates found Airbnbs near campus up until Oct. 1,” Su said. “We had to call them a bunch of times to ask when they would be ready, but they still weren’t being too specific, they just said ‘by the end of September, we’ll probably be ready.’”

Public relations freshman Caleb Odom said he chose to live in the Moxy hotel while the apartment remains under construction. 

“The Moxy itself has been very great,” Odom said. “I feel bad for people that (chose to find their own housing) because that means they keep having to find new places to stay throughout this time.”

Political communications junior Breanna Milan said living at the Moxy has been difficult for her as she doesn’t have access to a fridge, microwave or laundry unit.

“When I first moved here, I already had my complaints and I had emailed them that I wanted them to give me more accommodations,” Milan said. “I let them know all of my concerns, no microwave, no fridge, no dishwasher, the wifi wasn’t working that well, there’s no trash … they had replied that they wouldn’t do anything to accommodate me.”

Su said residents receive money stipends bi-weekly based on which living option they opted for, which they can use to order food or to accommodate other amenity losses. However, Milan said she has only been able to use the stipends online and not in person, so she still pays delivery fees that eat into the compensation.

“I just use them for my Doordash or if I’m trying to buy something online, but in person I literally cannot do (anything),” Milan said.

Psychology junior Celeste Hoang said she’s had to call the Noble 2500 leasing office multiple times to stay informed on the building’s progress. 

“Communicating with them has honestly been really frustrating,” Hoang said. “Each time I’ve called them, they’ve never really given me straightforward answers.”

Su said she canceled her Airbnbs and moved home to North Austin. Because she doesn’t own a car, she relies on her dad to take her to and from campus every day.

“The commute is pretty far, especially in the mornings— with morning traffic, it’s like an hour to get to campus,” Su said. “A big part of being a student at UT I think is having somewhere to stay close to campus. And just not being able to have that accessible to me has been frustrating.”