Community colleges are building dorms and leasing apartments to attract out-of-the-area students and provide a residential “college experience.”
Half of New York community colleges offer student housing and more are considering it, reports the Post-Star
In June, Dutchess Community College broke ground on a 465-bed residential hall.
In Schenectady, the community college is working with a company to build a student housing complex adjacent to the campus.
At Finger Lakes Community College, a residential hall opened in 2007 and officials want to add more to meet a demand that leads to a long wait list in the fall.
. . . SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury might soon join the group. The community college has designs for a 406-bed housing facility on campus, and is now determining the cost and means to finance it.
Student housing must pay its own way. Community college is a lot more expensive with room and board added on, but there are students — or parents — who see residential life as worth the extra money.
“There are a lot of students who would like to live away and have the college experience,” said Ronald Heacock, president of SUNY Adirondack.
“I think most community colleges view that this is going to be the future for community colleges,” said Ron Marquette, a SUNY Ulster spokesman. His college is looking into offering housing.