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Housing Near NDSU's Campus in High Demand

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As enrollment continues to grow, students at North Dakota State University are having difficulty finding housing near campus, and it has some resorting to desperate measures.

"Starting at 2:30 this morning there were people standing outside of our main office," explained T1 Resident Manager Kacey Miller.

Many people waited for hours Tuesday morning to try to get an apartment at a new campus complex that is still under construction, with months to go before it's completed.

"We have so many students who want to get into T-loft." That includes NDSU Freshman Landon Mund.

"We were looking around for an apartment that is close by, and the T-lofts are right off campus so that worked out real well," Mund said.

An addition to the T-Loft apartments has students from NDSU anxious to apply.

"It's the closest apartment that you can get to the campus."

An efficiency apartment goes for about $650 dollars a month. A 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom goes for just over $2,000 bucks. It's the price and prime location that's making these students want to take the deal.

"Housing, everyone I've talked to has talked about housing at one point or another, so it's definitely one of the top priorities of students next year," Miller said.

An additional 79 units are being built, which could house up to 150 people and residents pay one price for everything.

"So your paying for cable, Internet, electricity, heat, water, everything in one, which is very convenient for many students."

Housing is a problem the university is working on. A few years ago land southeast of campus was approved for what they're calling "university mixed use," where apartments were built to help students who moved to the area.

A lot of the neighborhoods around campus are zoned for single homes only, so apartments can't be built, but with this addition to T-Loft all that's left for these guys to decide is who is going to clean all their bathrooms.

"We're not sure who's going to take the maid service yet, but it's probably going to be my brother."

The leases for the apartments are for 12 months. Those who are approved will move in on August 1.

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