Ohio State University officials announced on Friday that the board of trustees approved $396 million to be used to build new low-rise dormitories.
Ohio State officials said that the project would be funded through bonds and university reserve funds.
The buildings are slated to go up near Lane Avenue and High Street and are part of OSU President E. Gordon Gee’s plan to require all freshmen and sophomores to live in campus housing. Currently, freshmen are required to live on campus.
Some freshmen said that they had mixed feelings about the changes.
“I think it’s a really good idea, because if you live off campus, there’s often a lot of issues and problems with the police and house parties and stuff,” said freshman Lorraine Hodgson.
Fellow freshman William Kinzel said that he would prefer to live off campus.
“Off campus, you have many more freedoms than you do in the dorms,” Kinzel said. “In the dorms, you’re restricted to hours and everything. Off campus, you can do pretty much whatever you want.”
The dorm requirement goes into effect for sophomores beginning in 2015.
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