Bed shortage pushes students off Buff State Campus

Buffalo State

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Buffalo State’s growing student population has again, been met with a bed shortage. This fall, almost 200 students will have to live at Medaille or Canisius’ campuses.

Buffalo State’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Hal Payne, J.D., told News 4 the students are still getting top-of-the line accommodations, just a few miles away.

“We’ll have about 90 students at Medaille and about 160 at Canisius, temporarily, while we wait for beds to clear at Buffalo State,” Payne said.

He told News 4 the number of students from outside the region has grown far more than staff anticipated, and in order to accommodate them, students who live closer to the school are being moved around a bit.

One local mom said even though the campuses are close, it takes way from son’s college experience.

“It’s still an inconvenience. Um, the whole purpose of going to college and dorming there is to have the whole experience,” she said.

She wasn’t given a refund for her son’s rooming expense. This said this is the second consecutive year his housing plans have been changed.

“I just don’t think it’s fair that they expect these students to pay100 percent for an experience, yet only recognize a portion of that service. If a bus holds 16 people, you tell the 17th passenger no. You don’t take 100 percent of their money and strap them on top of the bus in the rain,” she said.

But Payne told News 4 Buff State is providing some sort of a discount for those inconvenienced by the change.

We are providing the students suite-style or apartment style housing, and we are discounting that housing from what it would cost if the student were paying what we were paying for the housing,” he said.

According to the Housing Masterplan, Buff State needs 740 new beds.

They built several hundred a couple years ago with the a new student apartment complex, but still need between 350-400 more.

Payne said he hopes to have around 200 more beds available by fall 2018, but it will be fall 2021 before all students can be accommodated to live on Buff State’s campus.

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