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Colleges across the country are experiencing shortages in on campus housing, according to this article on insidehighered.com. Large numbers of upperclassmen – who would traditionally seek off campus housing – are attempting to find an on campus residence, at the same time as “larger-than-average freshman classes” are entering school.
Administrators see this trend as an attempt by students to save money in response to the slowing economy. Some universities are having to resort to novel approaches to deal with on campus housing shortages:
Some colleges have even gone as far as offering financial incentives to freshmen who choose, for example, to live three to a double-occupancy room. This may be represented in an overall discount on annual room and board expenses. Additionally, others have had to convert previously common or storage areas into livable space.
This is an interesting “ripple effect” of the dramatic increase in the price of food and energy in the last year