Increased Enrollment Leads to Housing Shortage at Iowa State University

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Friley Residence Hall at Iowa State University. (Courtesy: Iowa State University)

Friley Residence Hall at Iowa State University. (Courtesy: Iowa State University)

AMES, Iowa – A housing shortage for the fall semester has led to Iowa State University to turn away more than 200 applicants for on-campus living.

According to the Des Moines Register, 12,470 students signed up to live on campus this fall. More than 430 students have been placed in common areas that have been converted into temporary dorms. The university has also leaded space in apartment complexes for more than 1,000 students.

According to the university, freshman and transfer students are guaranteed on-campus housing. Returning students that missed a three-month window to renew their contract were turned down, the Register reports.

University officials said the housing issues have been caused by an increase in the number of students enrolled in classes. As a result, the university is making plans to build a new $50 million, 700-bed residence hall.

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