PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The University of Southern Maine has plans to add 200 beds of student housing right down the street from its Portland campus.
The school won't be building any new dorms just yet instead it's going to rent out a bunch of apartments at the Bayside Village complex on Marginal Way.
The living situation will be somewhat like USM's other on-campus housing arrangements in Gorham.
Students will be able to apply for housing here just like the would for any other place to live on campus.
There will also be added security and resident assistants just like USMs other college dorms.
The school says the cost of apartments in Portland and the amount of students already living in Gorham makes adding housing here necessary.
“We've been probably talking about housing for a year,” said Bob Stein, Executive Director of Public Affairs at USM. “There have been a couple of times where we've been getting close and this proposal probably goes back a few months. It will start this coming fall for students.”
Stein also says the apartments are not meant to be a permanent solution to the school's housing problem.
He says there's a plan already in the works to add housing on the actual USM Portland campus itself over the next five years or so.
The plan to rent out the rooms at Bayside Village still needs final approval from the school’s board of trustees.
School officials are optimistic that will happen within the next two weeks.