August 8, 2017

Purdue to provide subsidy for students assigned to off-campus apartments

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University students assigned to two off-campus commercial units will have part of their bills credited to help make up for the additional cost. Purdue President Mitch Daniels proposed the credit, which on Friday (Aug. 4) was endorsed by the university’s Board of Trustees. The 265 students assigned to these units will receive revised housing invoices.

Purdue expects up to 7,600 entering freshmen this fall – many more than anticipated – and nearly 94 percent of the first-year undergraduate students chose to live on campus. That high demand, coupled with an increase in returning residence hall students, meant some could not immediately be accommodated in on-campus housing. Daniels said it was unfair for those students to pay more if the university was unable to fulfill their housing preference.

"More and more Purdue students, freshmen and upper level, are choosing to live in campus housing,” Daniels said. “We were fortunate to meet the excess demand through partnership with private developers. Covering the differential cost is just the right thing to do for our students and their families."

The additional units Purdue is leasing are located at The Cottages and Blackbird Farms. The credit adjustment was either $1,007 or $937 per semester depending on room specifications and was based on the predominant rate charged at Purdue’s high-rise residence halls (McCutcheon, Earhart, Shreve and Harrison). The students on the wait list assigned to off-campus apartments include some first-year students who missed the May 5 application deadline, transfer students and returning students.

In addition to students who will be living in the apartments near campus, the university is working with Purdue Research Foundation to secure additional on-campus apartment-style housing. Short-term housing also will be available through the Union Club Hotel at Purdue Memorial Union and by converting some double-occupancy rooms.

Living on campus has been proven a significant indicator for student retention and success, said Beth McCuskey, vice provost for student life.

“In addition to the off-campus housing provided through University Residences, we also have a dedicated transition coordinator to help students and their families with these non-traditional and short-term housing situations,” McCuskey said. “These locations also include a resident assistant, residential life programming and meal plan options.”

University Residences provides more than 13,600 beds at the West Lafayette campus. Purdue Dining & Catering offers meals 18 hours a day, and professional staff members live in residence halls to provide support to students and their communities. In addition, access to buildings is monitored, and security policies are enforced to help ensure student safety. The University Residences system is financially self-supporting, and no state funds or general student fees are used for construction, maintenance or operations.  

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, 

Source: Beth McCuskey, 765-494-1000

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