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Coastal Carolina is striving to get more student housing again next year | Education

Coastal Carolina University executives are looking to rent additional beds again next year after the university ran out of residence space this fall.

University officials made the decision on Thursday after discussing the impact of a record freshman class on student housing.

“We intend to keep these [beds/rooms] over several years,” said Steve Harrison, vice president of ancillary businesses.

The university’s board of trustees voted on Thursday to start the solicitation process through SC Real Property Services to lease additional beds for the 2023-2024 school year.

Last fall, freshman enrollment jumped 5.7%, according to Amanda Craddock, vice president for enrollment management.

Harrison said there are already 150 CCU students living in off-campus apartments, split between The Pier in Conway and in hotel rooms at the Four Points by Sheraton.

Jerry Rashid, director of communications for CCU, said students pay for this off-campus housing arrangement at the rates they would pay for similar on-campus university housing. Single or double occupancy rates range from $6,180 to $7,800 per year.

Off-campus housing leases for The Pier total $614,880 and leases for the Four Points by Sheraton are $996,000, Rashid said.

“These total rental amounts are covered by what the students pay for their housing option and the cost to the university is very minimal,” Rashid said.

Students at outlying facilities receive transportation to campus, Harrison said, and have been given the option of a smaller meal plan if they wish. He said there was also a restaurant at the Four Points Hotel.

Harrison said they “always communicate with” students applying for the spring and reach out to them about housing “whenever appropriate.”

He said enrollment is always the driver in these situations, and they need rooms for freshmen and new students more than for transfer students, who usually don’t arrive with housing.