Housing woes easing

Published 3:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2016

The housing situation for Troy University’s new international students is improving according to Curtis Porter, associate vice chancellor for international affairs.

“We’ve gotten community support that has been good,” Porter said. “We have found some places and are getting kids moved into those places. A lot of people responded, really, to The Messenger’s article. Whether that was people with rooms for rent or apartment complexes calling to say ‘This is what we have available.’”

Troy has taken in a record class of more than 500 new international students, nearly 200 more than last year. This brings the total international student enrollment to more than 1,000. Troy also reported on social media Thursday that the university had achieved record enrollment, but no further details were released.

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The record enrollment at Troy led to a housing crunch in the city, especially for international students that haven’t been able to get here until about two weeks ago. Unable to find housing, many of the students have been staying in hotels and motels while university officials worked on solutions.

Porter said that the university has also been helpful in resolving the situation.

“The university is looking into expanding the shuttle routes, which really opens up the market in a way because it allows kids to be in different places,” Porter said. “That’s great support for them.”

University officials are hoping for a modular housing development to wrap up at Walnut Creek RV Park so that international students can move in and the shuttle system can start running there.

“The kids are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the units,” Porter said Wednesday.

Herbert Reeves, dean of student services, said that the shuttle route has already been drawn up to picks students up from the campground, but that they’re still waiting on the developer to finish it. The route will also stop at Wal-Mart to allow students to have transportation to get groceries.

“It’s not over yet, but I’m definitely more confident than I was last week,” Porter said.