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Hawks Ridge student residents may have to look for new off-campus housing

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Some University of Iowa students may have to find a new place to stay come next school year.

The Hawks Ridge apartments are one of the largest off-campus leasing apartments with 170 residents.

However, those living in Hawks Ridge will have to leave, choose to stay in another off campus leasing apartment, or remain living there under new management.

It's all part of the UI's decision to end its contract with the parent company that manages the apartments.

Von Stange, senior director of housing and dinning, at the UI says the decision had nothing to do with a disagreement.

"We still have a good working relationship with Hawks Ridge," said Stange. "We had vacancies in the residents halls this fall and we felt that we should fill those spaces that we already have rather than leasing space that we don't need"

About four years ago the University of Iowa had a plan in place in order increase enrollment, but Stange says most of the growth happened within the first year.

He says the numbers for first year students are solid, but this year, the numbers for returning and transfer students are little bit lower

"For our returning students who live out at Hawks Ridge, they will have the opportunity in order to live in any of our other off-campus lease apartments," said Stange. "Hawks Ridge was our first, and then we brought in Centerstone a year later and then we just leased in the fall, Dubuque House and Bloomington House."

We tried reaching out to Hawks Ridge, the spokesperson says their relationship with the university is still on good terms.

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