FAMU housing troubles continue as transfer students attend orientation

More than 700 students on housing waitlist at FAMU
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 3:46 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2022 at 8:42 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Many still have not secured housing for the upcoming school year at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University as transfer students flocked to campus Tuesday for orientation.

Out of the 700 students on the housing waitlist, about 90 are transfer students.

WCTV spoke with one of the transfer students, Kennedy Carper, who is coming to FAMU from Valdosta State University.

Carper, one of many searching for off-campus living, said she and her mom have been looking for apartments for a month with no success.

Carper’s mom, Lisa Kirk, shares that she does not want to pay over $1,000 for a one-bedroom.

“I think out of the first nine apartment complexes we researched, they were all full,” said Kirk.

FAMU states that the rise in transfer students is one of the leading reasons for the housing trouble, along with high enrollment and inflation. With some dorms being demolished, the university has about 140 fewer beds than it did five years ago.

FAMU’s housing director Jennifer Wilder says that the university is still getting cancellations from some students, allowing them to call the next student on the waitlist to offer them a spot in the dorms.

“I wish I had a crystal ball that I could say ‘I’m going to have X number of cancellations and I’m going to get to your name,’” said Wilder. “Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I can tell them that we are working as diligently as we can.”

The university is giving upperclassmen $2,000 incentives for rental assistance and a meal plan to those, like Carper, who are being forced to find off-campus housing.

Wilder says there are nearly 130 upperclassmen that have taken up on that offer to help make room for incoming students.

Despite her complications, Carper remains positive.

“I think it’s great. This is a good problem to have, to me, because you want to have so many students that you don’t know where to put them, you know, because it means that we’re all driving for our future, and we really want to continue our education,” she said.

FAMU will also be holding an off-campus housing fair at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Efferson Student Union.

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