College of Charleston Facing Housing Shortage


Dorms at the College of Charleston will be packed this year, with some students tripling up in rooms meant for two.

The college, like many schools nationwide, has a shortage of dorm space and is struggling to accommodate 154 freshmen who paid their $200 housing deposits by the May 1 deadline, said Jeri Cabot, interim executive vice president for student affairs.

Students who have to triple up will get a discount – a third off the normal charge, which ranges from $5,694 to $9,778 per year per person depending on the dorm room. But they’ll be living in cramped quarters since the dorm rooms were intended to house two students, or be assigned to room with a resident assistant. Freshman are strongly encouraged by the college to live in a dorm but have the option of living off-campus if they can find an affordable apartment.

To ease the crunch, Cabot said the school will convert the largest rooms dedicated to freshmen in the seven dorms to the triples. Each will get their own desk, but space will be tight, with some sleeping in bunk beds and belongings squeezed into closets intended for two people.


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