Andrew Tanielian, NBC 5 News
Booming demand for students who want to live on campus has TCU building new residence halls.
Demand from students who want to live on campus has Texas Christian University building new residence halls to meet the need.
TCU says the requests are coming from upperclassmen who don't have to live on campus.
The Worth Hills part of campus that is home to TCU's Greek housing will soon be home to two new general student residence halls that will house 400 sophomores and upperclassmen.
"We have had over the last couple of years, not enough space for our juniors and seniors so by building this housing we will be able to accommodate more students who want to be a part of the campus community," said Craig Allen TCU's Director of Housing and Residence Life.
With the new residence halls the number of beds in Worth Hills increases from 780 to 1,800 and the total on campus beds will be more than 5,000.
TCU said its long-range plan is to house every student, while not requiring upperclassmen to live on campus.
"This is where their friends are, this is where their activities are, their food is," said Allen.
Neighboring businesses are excited about the new construction next door.
"Anytime they add housing on to campus close by the restaurant it's gonna help our business out," said Mellow Mushroom general manager Kevin Jurica.
Students make up 40 percent of Mellow Mushroom's business.
"I mean 40 is close to 50 so that's almost half of our business right there. So, of course that is very important for us," said Jurica.
The new Worth Hills housing is scheduled to open in August of 2013.