WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Despite a history of overcrowding, Purdue University continues to encourage on-campus living by keeping room and board rates the same.
Some university students shared their opinions regarding the choice when it comes to on or off-campus living.
"College is already really expensive. So, anything they can do to make it more affordable or at least keep it where it is, is a good thing," said Madeline Parker.
Purdue is trying to do just that by keeping room and board rates the same for the sixth year in a row.
Vice Provost of student life Beth McCuskey says not increasing rates encourages students to choose on-campus housing.
"We've worked very hard trying to do many different things to be more efficient in order to lower our rates," said McCuskey. "Our students who do live on campus, with every single class standing, do perform better academically than students who live off campus. Including those students who live nearby."
But the demand is high, and some students have to be housed in a temporary residence.
"Most are struggling to find a room because there's a really large overflow on campus," said Daniel Farrell.
"I think it's a good thing that they're keeping the rates the same, but at the same time, I wish there was more housing available," said Madeline Parker.
McCuskey says there was a lack of beds at the start of the fall 2017 semester, but all students had a permanent place to call home by fall break.
"We have done additional work in terms of securing off-campus apartment complexes and we're giving our current students first dibs at those opportunities and they're taking us up on that," said McCuskey.
While statistics show a better academic performance in on-campus living, not everyone is sold on the idea.
"If you're going to work hard, you're going to work hard on-campus or off-campus," said Parker.
McCuskey says they won't know until May if overcrowding will be an issue next year.
However, the university is working on a master plan to deal with the potential problem.
McCuskey says that plan will be revealed within the next several months.
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