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IU Lacks Enough Dorms For Incoming Students

Indiana University says it is trying to make accommodations for students who currently do not have proper housing.

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IU officials say more students applied for on-campus housing because of the new amenities in some of the renovated dorms.

More than 200 students at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus are without dorm rooms and are living in temporary spaces until more rooms come available.

When IU freshmen Aleisha Cain and Joy Zuber checked their housing assignments online, they were surprised to see the word “supplementary” listed as their new home.

“We can check our housing assignment online, and it said supplementary, which I had no idea what that meant until I got here and the guy at the front desk told me that I’d be living in a lounge,” Cain said.

Patrick Connor, executive director of the Residential Programs and Services says the combination of a large freshman class and more students returning to live in the dorms have contributed to the shortage of beds.

“As we build and as we’ve improved some of our residence hall’s amenities that’s encouraged more students to stay on campus,” he said.

No Bedroom? No Problem.

Some of the students like Cain and Zuber were assigned to live in what would normally be a dorm lounge. They say they do not mind the inconvenience and actually hope to stay in their temporary housing for the semester or the entire year.

“I like it a lot and I don’t want to be moved because that would be inconvenient,” Zuber said. “And like she said we all get along, and there’s a lot of room, a couple of couches in there. You can just hang out. It’s really fun.”

The university is renovating some of its housing, which will provide more bed space for students. But until it can create more accommodations, IU is encouraging students to consider other options.

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