More University of Cincinnati students spending summer on campus

CINCINNATI -- This is the time of year when most college students are back at home, relaxing from all those classes.

But they're seeing a new trend at the University of Cincinnati: more students staying on campus for the summer.

Alexus Curry and Samica Gordon are entering their third year at UC and spending the summer on campus.

"I kind of just wanted to stay here, find a job here and learn how to be on my own," Gordon said.

Close to 500 students are staying on campus this summer. It's a growing trend, according to Carl Dieso, UC's director of housing.

"That's pretty significant," Dieso said. "You know, 27 percent increase year over year. You don't normally see those types of jumps."

UC is continuing to invest in on-campus housing. A dorm being built now will have more than 400 units.

Students have two options during the summer: Morgens Hall with it's modern-industrial look or the more traditional University Park apartments. Either way, it's a reduced rate of $1,200 for the summer. That makes staying on campus cheaper than getting an apartment nearby for the summer, according to Gordon.

"So you have your rent, wifi, cable, water, gas, electric," Curry said. "You name it."

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