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UI looks for housing with record freshman class

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The University of Iowa is bracing for a housing crunch with a record number of freshmen this fall.

To meet the housing needs, the university is considering leasing private apartments.

University officials told the Iowa Board of Regents at Wednesday's meeting in Vinton that it expects a freshman class of nearly 4,500 students, mostly due to an increase in out-of state and international students.

The university presented plans for a new residence hall, but that won't be ready until 2013. In the meantime, officials are negotiating to lease private apartments that would be used by upperclassmen.

University spokesman Tom Rocklin says the apartments would be run like a residence hall, with programming and dining plans.

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