Campus Housing Crunch Not a Factor This Fall

Jim Manke, UH Director of Communications
Jim Manke, UH Director of Communications

MANOA (KHNL) - Students will be heading back to the University of Hawaii at Manoa in just two weeks and officials say they're in good shape.

They say the on-campus housing situation has improved. Although the number of beds remains the same, the number of students waiting for one has dramatically decreased.

"Housing I would say is reasonable for in the city. They try to help you out as much as they can," said Olivia Heslinga, student.

More than 3,000 students will live on-campus and only 250 remain on the waiting list. That's a big decrease compared to just 2 years ago, when 1,500 students didn't have a place to live.

"But we've gotten a little more organized and are notifying students in a more timely manner and so forth and we've been able to avoid the crunch in the last 2 years," said Jim Manke, UH Director of Communications.

While most students aren't complaining about housing, they are grumbling about parking.

There are 3,500 parking spaces for 20,000 students.

But there is some good news for students who drive to campus. UH officials have added 100 new spaces to the Zone 22 parking structure on Dole Street.

"The bottom line is we don't encourage dorm residents to bring cars to campus. But we do realize so many of our students work, they do need the flexibility and transportation," said Manke.

The fall semester at UH begins August 21st.