New crash pads for SUNY Broome students

By WBNG News
By Julianne Peixoto

April 30, 2014 Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 6:04 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) SUNY Broome has forever been a university where students are required to commute to and from campus, but that’s all about to change.

Brand new student housing is set to open in the fall for the upcoming academic year.

Each on-campus apartment will house six students, one of which will be a resident advisor.

"I live in Candor which is far away, about a 50 minute drive, so being able to live here on campus is just great,” said Shane Smith, a first year student at SUNY Broome and a future RA. “It’s going to save me on gas, and I also get to meet new people and maybe help some people along the way."

The apartments come with a completely furnished living room, a full kitchen, and bedrooms complete with a wardrobe, extra long twin bed, desk and chair.

"Overall, our inquiries about SUNY Broome and our applications are up considerably, and that's probably in part due to the new housing,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm. "You can really focus on your student life and your studying when you live on campus, so we're excited about that, and I think that's a big part of the reason why community colleges all across the country are adding housing."

SUNY Broome has become number 25 out of 30 community colleges in New York state to add student housing to its campus.

The apartments are located within walking distance from several restaurants, banks and grocery stores.

Drumm said half of the available housing slots have already been filled. It is anticipated the rest will be filled within the next few months. Interested students should submit their name and a $300 deposit as soon as possible.