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NMSU's Housing and Residential Life sees spike in single student housing

While students scramble to get things in order for the start of the new semester, New Mexico State University's Housing and Residential Life is busy preparing for a record number in single student housing.

"Even in tough economic times, NMSU is somewhere students want to be and can afford to be at," said Julie Weber, director of Housing and Residential Life.

There are 2,870 students signed up to live in single student housing, an increase of nearly 9 percent from last year.

"I look forward to people wanting to live on campus," Weber said. "It opens up a lot of opportunities."

The record number has moved 116 students into temporary housing. Double rooms have been made to accommodate a third person, single rooms have been modified to include a second person and others have been placed in Greek housing.

Students living in temporary housing will be moved into permanent housing no later than the end of the fall semester.

Move-in Day, the busiest day for Housing and Residential Life, will see a wave of more than 2,800 students on campus Sunday.

"This is the first real opportunity we get to talk to parents and students, and assure parents their children are in good hands," Weber said.

Housing and Residential Life will have its 170 staff members, along with about 300 volunteers from NMSU staff, faculty and student organizations, on hand to organize the event.

There will be a tent with representatives from NMSU's bookstore, parking office, Information and Communications Technologies and Comcast to answer questions.

In addition to the record number of students in single student housing for the fall semester, the number of students with meal plans has also increased.

Weber said she anticipates 2,900 students to be on meal plans, 300 more than last year.