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SIU Faces over crowded housing


Southern Illinois University students will soon start pouring on to campus for the start of the school year.

But with the number of students bigger than what the dorms can hold, the university is scrambling to find students a place to live.

Jessie Grogin says she is one of the lucky ones.

She sent in her housing application in early, meaning a stress free move-in day.

But for some incoming freshman, Assistant Housing Director Crystal Bouhl says there will be some changes.

"Over-assigned housing is primarily impacting our first year students," said Bouhl. "We have about 150 students that are living in an over assigned space that will then be moved to their original space."

That means a double room will be used as a triple, and a triple will become a quad.

Some students who applied for a single room-might just have to share the space with a roommate.

Bouhl says it's a temporary fix that does have its benefits.

"The students in over-assigned housing are getting a discount because they are sharing a space, and that discount is paid to them while they are in over assigned," she says.

While space is limited, the housing staff has a plan preparing, and expects the problem to pop up again in the future.

"We are very prepared and have been planning for this and have been watching the numbers grow as enrollment has grown, so we have been making plans all spring and summer long and we are ready to go," says Jon Shaffer, Director of University Housing.

Still, Grogin says there are things she's nervous about when it comes to her new living arrangements.

"We didn't really know each other," she said. "We were just thrown into a room and started talking. It will be different."

The housing staff says they predict that every over-assigned student will be in their regular space by the spring semester.

They say if this becomes a trend, not to worry, new housing will be built and finished by spring of 2016.

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