TWU Is Busting at the Seams

University to lease off-campus apartments to accomodate growing student population

By Sara Story
|  Monday, Apr 18, 2011  |  Updated 5:55 PM CDT
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Enrollment at Texas Woman's University in Denton continues to climb. For the first time, this fall students will have to lease off-campus apartments.

Sara Story, NBCDFW.com

Enrollment at Texas Woman's University in Denton continues to climb. For the first time, this fall students will have to lease off-campus apartments.

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Because enrollment continues to climb, Texas Woman's University will make some major changes to campus living next semester.

For the first time, the university will lease off-campus apartments to upperclassmen in the fall.

"We have grown so much, that last fall we opened with 106 percent of capacity in our traditional residence halls and campus halls," said Richard Nicholas, vice president of student affairs.

He said the growth has forced the university to make the change because it can't build more on-campus housing.

"We are land-locked," Nicholas said. "We don't have a piece of property to build apartments right now."

Last fall marked the university's ninth consecutive year of enrollment growth.

Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus or at home. This year, many found themselves tripled up, living with an additional roommate.

"It's kind of shocking," freshman Diana Pro said. "We expected to be in a triple, but we expected a little more room. We have like two closets, and there's three of us."

So far, the school has signed contracts with three apartment complexes. The off-campus apartments will cost a little more than campus dorms, but all utilities and campus police coverage will be included.

"We want to provide for upper-class students, instead of saying, 'You have to leave now to provide for others,'" Nicholas said.

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