Overflow housing takes students off campus

By KBJR News 1

September 7, 2010 Updated Sep 7, 2010 at 6:27 PM CDT

Posted by Boua Xiong

Tuesday marked the first day of school for college students and while many worry about their classes some are left wondering about their housing.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth has 122 students living in overflow housing at the Edgewater Hotel. The College of St. Scholastica has 25 of their students living there too.

Those students may be living there for a while.

"Most of the students will be there throughout fall semester and that goes until December 22. Then they'll be reassigned to campus for spring semester," John Weiske, director of housing and residential life at UMD, said.

Both colleges cite high enrollment and fewer people canceling housing contracts as reasons for the overflow. Both also said they will do what they can to make sure all students who want to attend school in Duluth, can.

"We want to retain students because they have a desire and their dream is to graduate from here so we want them to stay here," Betsy Kneepkens, assistant dean of students for campus life at St. Scholastica, said.

While students wait for a change in housing to come back to campus, UMD is in the middle of constructing a new dorm that will house 280 people come next fall.

The St. Scholastica said they too are exploring a possible housing expansion.

The University of Wisconsin–Superior said they were able to house all their students that wanted to live on campus this year.
Though they too are looking at expanding their on–campus housing.