Overcrowding lands CCU freshmen in hotel rooms

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University officials say they have run into an on-campus housing problem as a result of the school's largest incoming freshman class to date.

Haven Hart, dean of students at Coastal Carolina University, says the school has run out of space to house students for the fall semester.  As a result, Hart says an estimated 54 students are lodging at the Comfort Suites on Highway 501.

Those students who applied for on-campus housing before a specific deadline, Hart says, were accommodated with a dorm room.  Some of those students who failed to meet the deadline were unable to be accommodated.

Hart says CCU's goal is to get the students into residence halls as soon as possible.  A number have students, she says, have already been transferred from a hotel room and into a dorm.

All are expected to be out of the hotel by the spring semester.

Those students affected by the problem continue to pay the basic rate of living in an on-campus residence hall.  CCU, in return, cut a deal with Comfort Suites to house the students until proper housing arrangements could be made.

Hart says students are being provided shuttle service to and from campus, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. with stops at both CCU and Horry Georgetown Technical College.

All students affected, Hart notes, are freshmen. Hart says this problem is "typical on campuses that are overbooked."

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