Students Being Forced to Live Off Campus

Midwestern State University opened its classroom doors for the fall semester on Monday. But some of the incoming freshmen are being forced to live off campus because MSU had a record number of freshman applications this year.

MSU has a total of 1320 beds available on campus and all them were reserved by May. The university knew that they would have to find an alternative residence for some of their incoming freshmen.

Director of Housing and Dining Services Michael Mills said MSU decided to partner with The Grove at Wichita Falls because it was the most natural fit. The Grove offers two big advantages: their apartments come furnished and the utilities are already set up.

Even though The Grove was the best fit for MSU, it's not perfect because some college freshmen will be living off campus. This could put them at a disadvantage compared to the freshmen who live on campus.

An MSU student said I can easily access everything on campus because it is right outside my dorm, while students who live off campus cannot.

But the students who are placed at The Grove will not have to pay any more for their apartment.

Mills said "We have a policy in house that if we cannot accommodate them but we have something available off campus than we still charge those freshmen students the same rate as the freshman who live in the residence halls."

The students who are placed at The Grove will not have luxury of walking to class but they won't necessarily need a car to get there either.

Mills said "We actually added a stop at the Grove and so the students will be able to ride the Mustang Shuttle bus route on to campus and that will help elevate some of those parking and for those students who may not have transportation."

Students at The Grove will also be able to use city buses to get around town for groceries and things like that.

Within the next couple of weeks, some students will start making their way to on campus dorms. Every year the university has no shows, students who reserve a dorm room and don't show up. Once MSU determines which rooms are still empty. They will ask the students to move to campus.

James Parish, Newschannel 6