When there’s an opportunity to convert a hotel into student housing, should officials pursue it?
A hotel building can be turned into a housing solution due to having similar amenities—including bedrooms, dining rooms, and bathrooms—found in traditional residence halls. It can provide an immediate solution when an institution is in dire need of quick housing due to a sudden spurt in enrollment before the school year starts.
David Adelman, CEO of Campus Apartments, a firm that develops and manages student housing, sees this problem first hand, as officials have to make decisions such as determining which classes to allocate campus housing to and changing room setups to accommodate more residents.
“It is just more people coming than they anticipated,” says Adelman. When the credit crunch hit, administrators had to shelve plans for housing renovations and work with facilities that might not be operable in time. Adelman notes that institutions could find themselves “losing housing stock.”
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