More options for student housing on the way

RENO, NV (KOLO) --- Many are feeling the housing pinch and even though school is out for the summer, college students are no exception.

Courtesy: Spire Construction

This upcoming school year, University of Nevada, Reno Residential Life is making more beds available, around 100, on top of what is already being offered. For the past few months, construction crews have been busy renovating the more-than-120-year-old Manzanita Hall.

"We have completely gutted the building. We have retrofitted the rooms, the flooring, and the foundation,” said Jerome Maese, Director of Residential Life.

He says when he took this job 20 years ago, he didn't think students would have to deal with the effect of the housing crisis.

"The best word to describe it is explosive. We have tripled the bed capacity over the last 20 years,” said Maese.

He says even though options are limited, the university has continued to help students who just need a place to stay.

"It may not be apartment-style living they prefer. But when it comes down to cost and having a roof over their heads, the residence halls are safe and comfortable," said Maese.

Another option is coming for off-campus housing, Canyon Flats at the corner of Center Street and Sixth Street in downtown Reno. The 158-unit student housing project will house more than 500 students

"On a daily basis, students will have much better accessibility to their classes than they will to the old projects in the northeast portion of campus," said Ken Krater, local developer for Canyon Flats.

The Canyon Flats project is expected to be completed by July 2020. Krater says the rent will start at $800.

For the University housing, the rent is between $6,000 and $8,000 a year. Construction of the Manzanita Hall should be done before school begins this year.

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