Aug 10, 2013 7:01 PM by Associated Press

Flood of students causing growing pains for ASU

PHOENIX - The number of students expected to enroll this semester at Arizona State University's downtown campus will be the biggest yet.

The growth is good for downtown businesses and development, but the university is now left trying to figure out where to put all these students.

The Arizona Republic reports on-campus housing has already reached capacity and officials are considering temporary housing for more than 120 students at Phoenix hotel.

University leaders are expecting more than 10,000 students at the downtown campus this semester. That's up from 4,451 in 2008.

While there's limited lecture space and no room for some of the biggest classes ASU offers, officials say they're in no rush to build.

In March, ASU signed a five-year lease to rent more than 33,500 square feet of space from the Arizona Center for classrooms and offices.


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