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Data confirms students still want to live near Purdue's campus

Enrollment is up for Purdue University and all those students need a place to live. That's why area planners continue to collect data to make sure they get it right.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 11:59 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Enrollment is up for Purdue University and all those students need a place to live. That's why area planners continue to collect data to make sure they get it right.

Assistant Director O'Gara provided an update on the Student Rental Report at Wednesday's Area Plan Commission meeting.

For the last five years, his department has been collecting data for the report. O'Gara said that includes landlord surveys and information from the postal service.

He said the information helps area planners when it comes time to consider new or proposed projects.

"There's a very consistent core area in West Lafayette around the campus that has very, very low vacancies, regardless of the type of unit. Whether it's brand new, whether it's really old and refurbished, there's a lot of low vancancy rates, compared to other areas of the city," said O'Gara.

That area will soon see several new apartment complexes. O'Gara said the larger ones will be complete in 2018 and 2019.

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