When Jennifer Holland attended Cameron University in Lawton 15 years ago, she lived in a 12-foot by 14-foot dormitory and shared a bathroom with girls on her floor.
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College students today don't have to share a bathroom, although many still do. They can choose from a variety of options that include private rooms and apartments.
“This generation of students has grown up with their own bedroom, their own television and their own bathroom,” said Holland, who now serves as vice president for student services at Cameron.
Campuses are working to keep up with changing trends in society, said Josh Overocker, director of housing and dining at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
Students are accustomed to more space, Overocker said. The average house size has more than doubled during the past 50 years, he said, while the average family size has declined.
Like many colleges and universities, UCO has traditional residence halls, where students share a room and have a communal bathroom. Those buildings tend to have the strongest sense of community, Overocker said.
The university also offers other living style options, including family housing.
UCO recently bought several houses near campus where married students with families can live.
Schools are always looking to expand their services and amenities when they add new buildings, housing officials said.
The University of Oklahoma in Norman is in the midst of the Sooner Center Housing Project, which will add a combination of two-bedroom and four-