Making Space for Student Housing

PAS QuickNotes 75

By David Morley, AICP


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Cities and counties that host colleges and universities often face challenges associated with off-campus student housing. In some neighborhoods with a mix of student and family housing, resident complaints or conflicts over noise, parking, overcrowding, and property maintenance are common. In others, fears related to these potential conflicts can fuel opposition to new student housing in or near established neighborhoods.

This edition of PAS QuickNotes provides background on the forces driving demand for off-campus student housing and presents a deliberate approach to help host communities accommodate this demand.


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Aug. 1, 2018
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About the Author

David Morley, AICP
David Morley, AICP, is a Research Program and QA Manager at the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he manages and contributes to sponsored research projects; manages the development of the Research KnowledgeBase; develops, organizes, and participates in educational sessions and workshops; and writes for APA publications. Mr. Morley also edits Zoning Practice.