DELAND, Fla. - Stetson University officials have found a solution for an on-campus housing shortage. Some 52 students will be moving into 26 rooms on the fourth floor of the Clarion Hotel in DeLand for the fall semester.
Students will start moving in over the weekend, with classes slated to begin Aug. 22.
The on-campus housing shortage caused university officials to look for short-term remedies.
"We have more students that would like to live in university-provided housing than we have space for, even though we added last year the 74-bed Stetson Cove apartments and the 117-bed University Hall this year," said Al Allen, Stetson's assistant vice president for facilities management.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Stetson's enrollment is increasing, with about 870 freshmen and a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,700. That's up from 2,500 undergraduate students last year.
University officials say they're considering a new on-campus residence hall, which would open in 2015. Until then, the shortage is likely to continue.
A similar problem has forced officials at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach to reserve rooms at a hotel.
Stetson crews made minor modifications to the hotel rooms. They added a dresser in each room and converted two suites into lounges. They'll run a free shuttle from the hotel to the campus, which is about two miles away.
Allen said students staying at hotel will pay the same price as they would pay for on-campus housing. But Allen said he couldn't disclose how much the university will pay the hotel due to a confidentiality clause.
"The expense of providing this service is more than what we'll be collecting from the students," Allen said.
The newspaper reports that university officials will re-evaluate the housing situation after the fall semester.
"What happens is you always have a number of students leave for graduation or studying abroad," he said. When spaces open up on campus, students will be moved from the hotel to fill the rooms.
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