Dorm life is all about new experiences and for 100 Tech freshman boys that experience means getting a little closer.
“This isn’t the first year we have had this situation,” Janis Haney said. “It is just the first year we have had so many.”
Janis Haney with Texas Tech is talking about students.
Enrollment is up at Texas Tech University but with thousands of new students on campus the school is having a hard time finding a place to put them.
“This is only for males so the females are not affected by this,” Haney said.
Now University Housing is getting creative with alternative spaces for students to temporarily live.
“C.A's [community advisors] don’t normally have roommates but this year they do,” Haney said. “It is turning out to be a great situation. The C.A.'s are getting to know the students, the students are getting to know the C.A.’s.”
Tech is also converting study rooms into temporary housing-blocking off windows with black paper and adding beds to the spaces.
“We also have students that are living in study lounges,” Haney said. “They are huge rooms that will accommodate up to four students.”
Today we spoke with some students on campus to see how they felt about the living situation.
“I actually hear them sometimes when I am walking past and they are playing x-box and getting all hyped,” freshman LJ said. “It’s pretty cool.”
But sophomore Alex did not feel the same way.
“I wouldn’t pay to live here that is for sure,” Alex said. “I would be pretty upset if I didn’t have a room and they just kind of stuck me somewhere. I’d feel like I wasn’t welcomed here.”
Haney said most of the students have not been upset.
In fact, most of them have been really great.
“They have been so nice and so kind and understanding,” Haney said.
The university said they are working to get all the overflow students into a room in fact they moved 20 students today.