Finding USC Student Housing Becoming More Difficult as Enrollment Rises
University Housing renovated Patterson Hall with the goal of creating more on-campus housing.
By Harriet Ward
USC Students are already signing up for on-campus housing for next year.
But as the number of students enrolling at the University of South Carolina increases each year, finding housing on campus is becoming more of a challenge.
"There's only so much space and only so many places they can have dorms, and I think every year there's just more kids coming in," said Student Housing Assistant Ashley Ritter.
Student housing has addressed the issue through projects like the renovation of Patterson Hall.
The university can accommodate 6600 students on campus. Of those spaces, 4500 are reserved for freshmen, the rest are available for upperclassmen and transfer students.
That means many students have to look elsewhere.
"I knew that living off campus was going to be my only choice at this point. Even though you're a senior, you feel like you should get priority, but you don't, because freshmen are here in mass numbers," said USC senior Darius Daniels.
Ritter says that the renovation projects are making living on campus a better experience, and Student Housing says it hopes to renovate more dorms.