Pittsburgh-area school buys hotel for student room

Pittsburgh-area school buys hotel for student room
2011-11-08T08:31:28Z Pittsburgh-area school buys hotel for student roomThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 08, 2011 8:31 am

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — Robert Morris University has purchased a hotel near its Pittsburgh-area campus and will gradually convert the building into permanent housing for about 500 students.

The university purchased the Holiday Inn near its Moon Township campus for $10.5 million a sheriff's sale Monday. The school has used some of the hotel's rooms to house students as it struggled with living space demands for non-commuter students. About 37 percent of the school's students used campus housing in 2000, while about half of the school's 3,900 undergrads now want it.

About 140 students are already living in hotel rooms that are segregated from regular guest rooms. The college will rent a decreasing number of rooms to the public as it converts the 255-room hotel into student housing. By 2017, about 500 students only will live there.

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