Canisius College Will Rent Excess Dorm Rooms to Erie Students

For years, Canisius College aggressively expanded its campus to address a student housing shortage in the early 2000s.

But there’s a problem. With undergraduate enrollment shrinking, Canisius now has too much space.

“We built a lot of things, and now we’re trying to get to that ‘sweet spot’ in-between,” said John Hurley, Canisius’ president, after a news conference at the Delavan Townhouses student housing complex on Wednesday morning.

A new agreement, though, will allow up to 65 Erie Community College students to stay in private Canisius College rooms on Delevan Avenue next academic year. The deal, Hurley said, is a logical step forward as Canisius works to address its declining enrollment.

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