WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - About 50 people have been camping out since Thursday holding a place in line for friends and future roommates to claim one of 60 available townhomes near Purdue's campus owned by John Basham. Basham said the first time he saw a tent set up in front of the office four years ago he couldn't believe it.
"It shocked me the first time," Basham said. "I had no idea they kind of created their own message here. When I came in about four years ago I was shocked I couldn't believe it."
Purdue junior Katie Reid is hoping to claim one of the townhomes for next school year. Reid said sleeping out in the cold hasn't been that bad.
"Actually a lot of fun. People bash us but it's been a lot of fun out here," Reid said. "We've had bonfires out here and gotten s'mores and stuff so it's been a lot of fun."
"I ran some electricity out here for their cell phones and their computers," Basham. "I also set a porta John out here for them."
Reid said the apartments have gained popularity in the past years with members of Purdue's Greek community because of their location near Chauncey Village.
In the past students have camped out for the same townhomes but not as long.
Who knows how long next year's hopefuls will wait for their apartment.
"They didn't start until Saturday night last year, but we started Thursday, so who knows how it will be next year. They'll probably be out here in July," Reid said.
Reid said she's confident it will be worth the wait. The office opens 9 a.m. Monday.
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