Purdue looking to solve housing shortage

A housing shortage at Purdue has 300 students with housing contracts waiting for a room assignment.

Posted: Jul. 13, 2018 6:40 PM
Updated: Jul. 13, 2018 6:40 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A housing shortage at Purdue has 300 students with housing contracts waiting for a room assignment. The University said those students will have an on-campus space by Boiler Gold Rush. However, 144 students who missed the May 5th deadline are on a waitlist.

It's not a new problem but it's one the university is hoping to fix.

Starting college is difficult enough.

"Cause you're already having stresses of like classes and trying to find like new friends and you're just at a new place," said Purdue Senior Leanne Beck.

For the 144 Purdue students on a housing waiting list, things may be a little more stressful.

"Kind of scary for the parents," said Emily Hamilton, a mother of an incoming Purdue freshman. Her daughter decided to get an apartment off campus a few months ago.

"I would have preferred her to stay on campus to be more with other kids so she is not by herself," said Hamilton. 

But when Hamilton heard about the waitlist, she felt better about her daughter's decision.

"Definitely, that makes me feel a lot better," said Hamilton. 

Purdue said approximately 120 students will receive housing assignments soon. Another 168 will start the year in temporary housing in places like the Union Club Hotel. University Residences also leased off-campus spaces for up to 602 students to help with the shortage. Purdue student Joshua Brard thinks the problem will fix itself in the coming months.

"A lot of people just fail out so then they just make room for people in the dorms. You know, we gotta freeze tuition still, so, I'll take it," said Brard. 

Purdue Senior Leanne Beck said housing has been a problem for a few years now. She's heard other people's stories.

"On like the girl floor they would make the guy's bathroom the girls room and it would just be like a closet. And then they would put an extra person in some dorm rooms and then on the basements of some they would have like a bunker situation that would have like bunk beds,"

Beck says the key is to get your housing figured out ridiculously early.

"I already moved into my new apartment but I was already looking for somewhere else to live for the next year because they go super fast," said Beck.

Purdue recently announced plans to build two new campus residence halls which is expected to add 1,100 new beds in the coming years.

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