College of the Rockies is trying to deal with a student housing shortage.
COTR saw a 14.6 per cent increase in Fall enrollment this year, bringing the total at the Cranbrook campus to 1830.
Half are from outside the city, but the college only has enough housing space for 96 people.
President and CEO David Walls says they are looking into a second residence.
“We are looking at a little bit of a different concept as well, something that is maybe a bit more scalable than just building a multi-story kind of facility,” Walls says. “As we get funding available, whether it comes from government or other sources, at least we can get underway.”
He says a new facility could double capacity.
“We have double the number of applicants for the number of spots, so we are pretty certain we could fill another hundred spots,” Walls says. “There’s multiple ways of looking at this that we’re anxious to move forward on probably more than one front to make sure that we can accommodate the students coming in.”
Walls says numerous groups want to help with this issue, including the city and non-profits.
He says the college has relied on homestay and affordable housing to fill some gaps.
(Photo from the College of the Rockies)
– College of the Rockies President and CEO, David Walls