It's that time of year when most college students are getting acquainted with their new twin beds and sizing up the communal shower, but not for some TWU students – their new residence hall is a Holiday Inn in Denton.
About 100 students are living in the hotel, which is about two miles from campus.
The university says the housing arrangement is due to simple math -- too many kids and not enough beds.
TWU requires those with less than 60 credit hours to live on campus -- mostly freshman and sophomores.
“This year, we had a high number of first year freshman who are coming to the campus,” said Monica Mendez-Grant with TWU Student Life.
Some students who will be staying at the hotel, like Denise Orozco, don't mind. Orozco loves the plush perks, like crisp linens and flat screen TVs.
“I'm not going to want to leave because it's free maid service,” she said. “You get a fitness center, a pool…yeah, free laundry.”
“I was a little disappointed because I was looking for that on-campus experience,” said TWU student Tanya Martinez.
But when Martinez got the notice of her housing assignment, her mind quickly changed.
“It was better than I expected,” she said. “…They have a lot of things planned out for us, so it's going to be like a dorm.”
Shuttle service will get students to and from campus.
Still, some parents are not on board with the idea of hotel living.
“To be in the hotel, that's not safe enough,” said parent Emmanuel Udenkwo.
TWU says the safety records of the hotel and surrounding area were considered.
Campus police will help patrol the hotel.
TWU has contracted with hotels in the Denton area in the past to help with the overflow issue.
The school says it's looking at how to address the problem, and that may mean building a new residence hall.
Living at the Holiday Inn and on campus cost the same -- about $7,000 for both semesters.
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