With demand for Stockton housing up, some students may be staying in hotels this fall

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GALLOWAY– Some students at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey may be heading to hotels – but it won’t be for a vacation.

With enrollment up, housing has become more and more scarce and school officials are looking to make alternative living arrangements available, should they be needed. The college recently published a request for bids for hotel accommodations for students.

“The simple answer is that students are choosing to come to Stockton and our enrollment for the fall has grown,” said Thomasa Gonzalez, vice president for student affairs at Stockton College.

“Even with Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club and our campus housing, it appears possible we may be short of beds if we are to accommodate all the students who want to live on campus, so we are exploring additional options,” Gonzalez said.

If the rooms are needed, this would not be the first time Stockton has provided residential space at area hotels, school officials said.

Stockton will not have the exact number of students needing housing until September, but it will be ready to welcome everyone, school officials said.

“A hotel would be used for upper-class students who applied after our priority deadline, June 1,” said Denise O’Neill, director of residential life. “If the college determines that a hotel facility is needed, the Office of Residential Life will provide professional staff oversight, transportation to campus, Stockton police safety patrols, as well as other amenities provided in campus residence halls and apartments.”

Bid documents and project specifications are available on the Richard Stockton College website at http://www.stockton.edu/purchasing on the current request for proposals page or by faxing a request to 609-626-3801.

Sealed proposals were to be received by Stockton College’s Purchasing Office by 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 22.

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