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Bay Area colleges and universities struggle to keep students in secure housing

Melinda Stuart
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PRO Melinda Stuart New Student Housing, UC Berkeley. (July 13, 2017)

The fall semester has just begun at colleges and universities across the Bay Area, which means hundreds of thousands of undergrads and grad students are squeezing themselves into the region’s tight housing market right now. 75% of University of California, Berkeley undergrads live off campus — at San Francisco State University it’s much more than that. The waitlists for dorms are thousands of students long. So most of them are looking for rental housing like everyone else. Somehow, some way.

"I've heard of students sleeping in locker rooms at night and they don't even recognize themselves as homeless."

KALW’s housing reporter Liza Veale talks to Hana Baba about who is affected and what is being done to solve the problem.


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Liza got her start in radio with KALW's Audio Academy. Now, she is KALW's econmy reporter and a mentor for in the KALW Audio Academy.