UM student housing 'at capacity'

Griffen Smith

An open dorm bed will be hard to come by after the University of Montana revealed last week it will be at full capacity for the fall semester.

UM housing staff are arranging for more than 100 temporary housing spaces planned for those on campus. Other students are stuck on apartment wait lists.

University officials told the City of Missoula affordable housing committee on June 8 that there are more than 300 students on a wait list for a UM apartment and triple the number of people looking to stay another year in residence halls compared to 2021.

“For both Lewis and Clark and University Villages, we have every thought that they will be at 100% occupancy this fall,” UM Housing Director Sandy Curtis told the committee over zoom.

A university spokesperson also said applications to live on campus will remain open, despite the high demand for student housing. Officials also guaranteed the university will make sure all new students have a safe place to live.

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