Kayley Nordrum thinks USC off campus housing is inconvenient
Aspyre housing Autumn Eubanks believes the growing student population is leading factor in lack of housing
Rent rises an average of $39 a month in four of USC off campus housing complexes
By: Annie Konduros
The spring semester is coming to an end and a lot of students are still trying to find available offcampus housing for school next year. Finding a place to live is one more thing students are stressing about as rent increases, as the student population grows and construction takes over campus.
USC is home to nearly 35,000 undergrad and graduate students, so finding off campus housing can be difficult. Transfer student Kayley Nordrum lives in Olympia Mills and says offcampus housing she liked was hard to find when she moved from Coastal Carolina.
"I lived in the Woodlands last year, but USC's off campus housing is just so far away, so I moved to Olympia. I like the Woodlands better, but I just can't stand the drive," says Nordrum.
Apartments like Olympia and Granby Mills, The Woodlands, University Oaks and Aspyre have raised their rent by an average of $39 a month since last year. Aspyre housing manager Autumn Eubanks says the prices are going up because of a growing student population who all need housing.
"Last year was so busy because one of the dorms was down, and it's just as busy this year because there are more students and just not enough housing here at USC," she says.
More students mean more housing and more housing means more construction. Nordrum says the constant hammering and sawing has caused other problems for Olympia residents.
"Well you can't sleep at night. The construction is ongoing and parking it just horrible. I live here and I have to park in visitors because they just keep taking all our parking away. I can't tell you how frustrating that is," says Nordrum.
USC is building another dorm behind the Coliseum and another off campus housing complex in front of Olympia and Granby Mills on Whaley Street. They hope to finish these projects before the fall of 2016.
If you are an under classman and still haven't signed a housing lease The Woodlands say they are already filled, but Aspyre, Olympia and Granby Mills and University Oaks still have available rooms for next year.