Oklahoma college campuses offer variety of housing options

Today's newer residence halls feature a variety of amenities and options, often much nicer and roomier than traditional dorms of the past.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 7, 2011
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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.

Holland loved the experience. She has great memories of singing karaoke into late hours of the night with girls in her hall, many of whom she is still friends with.

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.

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