Student Housing: It’s all About the Timing


Up to 100 students were left homeless Friday after the apartment complex they were told would be open failed to pass inspection, according to city officials and the developer of the private off-campus project.

The students, who originally expected to move into the Clemson Lofts in August, have been staying in hotels around town while the builder worked to bring the apartments up to code. Many of them were told Friday that they had to be out by the weekend, said Clemson psychology major Carley Meadows, who had been staying at Hampton Inn.

“We thought we were going to be homeless at checkout time today,” she said. She was among the lucky 45 students who were able to move into the Lofts after the city, at the last minute, approved temporary occupancy permits for two buildings

More than 100 students who hoped to move into three other buildings were unable to do so because they hadn’t been brought up to code, according to John Hoover, manager of Clemson Lofts.


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