If Chancellor Blanche M. Touhill has her way, about 600 University of Missouri at St. Louis students will be living on the campus next fall. That would be nearly four times the 160 students the campus houses now.
Touhill wants to contract with a private company to build and run new apartments for campus housing for 450 or so students.
She hopes to have the plan firmed up so that the university system's board can approve it next month and ground can be broken this fall.
Typically, public colleges and universities finance dormitories with bonds, using students' room-and-board fees to pay the bonds off. A privately built and operated dormitory at UMSL would be an exception but not a first for the University of Missouri system, a spokesman said.
The new space would move UMSL about halfway toward its longtime goal of housing about 10 percent of the students who take classes at its main campus. They number about 12,000 this fall. About 3,000 students take UMSL classes elsewhere. …