While the housing crisis at TRU is expected to be eased with plans to buy more property, the worry of whether it impacts potential students’ decisions to attend the university remains.
VP of Finance Matt Milovick says the additional beds will certainly help out the student housing crisis, something he says hasn’t really impacted enrolment.
“I don’t know if its affecting it right now, but I think the potential for it to effect enrollment is real and we want to be ahead of that curve.”
However, TRU Students’ Union President Tatiana Gilbert says, she’s heard otherwise.
“One of their first steps apart from tuition is thinking, where am I going to live? And that is a very scary reality for a lot of students, sometimes they can’t find places on campus.”
With the BC Government chipping in 25 million of the 37 million dollar cost, TRU will buy the College Heights Apartments near the intersection of McGill and Summit to add more student housing capacity.