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NC A&T State University students scramble for student housing

GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – College students are already looking for housing for the fall semester and are running into obstacles.

Some North Carolina A&T State University students told FOX8 they applied to live on campus and missed a slot.

“I don’t know where I’m going to stay next semester,” said Emery Alexander, a rising senior. “It’s a little frustrating having to sign up for classes and not even knowing where you’re going to stay.”

A couple of Aggie’s parents have also contacted FOX8, worried about where their children will live as rental rates skyrocket.

A spokesperson for NC A&T told FOX8 that the university is home to nearly 50% of the student body, more students than most universities nationwide.

At last check, about 200 students applied to live on campus but were not granted a place.

“Housing has been particularly difficult, especially for the upper classes because of the way it’s organized here,” Alexander said. “Freshmen get first-choice housing, as opposed to the other way around, so now a lot of upperclassmen are trying to fight for on-campus housing.”

There are about 5,600 student beds, but 2,800 of those beds are reserved for freshmen, according to the university.

This includes the residence halls and six surrounding campus apartments that the university purchased to keep up with record enrollment numbers over the past eight years.

“We have a very high admission rate,” Alexander said. “We end up accepting more students than we can accommodate.”

The mother of a rising senior who lives out of state told FOX8 that her daughter met all housing deadlines. She asked FOX8 not to reveal her identity.

“These students are trying to get their education, and housing shouldn’t be something they have to sit around and worry about and stress about,” she said.

She told FOX8 that there was a time when the housing portal was down for students to register for a bed in the fall. It left her and her daughter in a panic. A college email showed it had been restored in mid-March.

“She tried to get in but…she couldn’t,” the mother said. “She was like ‘I’ll be back the next day, and then when she tried to get in…she couldn’t get in. “”

Since her daughter didn’t get a place on campus, they search for apartments online.

“I don’t know the area. I don’t know if it’s a good neighborhood, what’s not a good neighborhood, what’s a good apartment, what’s not a good apartment,” she said. “I’m like, ‘So we’re going to have to shell out for his last year of housing because NC A&T can’t accommodate him. “”

Rental agents at several apartments within two miles of the university told FOX8 they were booked and students called daily.

Alexander told FOX8 he was ready this summer, but August remains in the air.

“I’m going to have to find a job because I don’t know if I’m going to have to renew my lease or find an apartment somewhere else,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do yet.”

A university spokesperson said housing staff work with students who are in need of housing.

A new halls of residence are being planned and will provide some relief in the future.

FOX8 requested an interview with an NC A&T housing and residence life representative, but was told no one was available.