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UWF Housing costs could soon be going up

ESCAMBIA COUNTY   --  The cost of student housing could go up *again* at the University of West Florida.
If a proposed hike is approved by the school's board of trustees, rent would increase by about three percent next school year.
   
Tuition went up by about three percent this school year.
Between that and another possible rent increase, some students say, it's getting tough.

Charnelle Tillman, Student: "I don't like increases, you know, we already can hardly afford it."

Laison Sauveur, Student: "It's irritating."
Nicholas March, Student: "That's not fun. That is not fun at all."
A UWF spokeswoman says the proposed 2.9 percent increase is actually lower than the usual rent hike, which typically comes out to five and a half to six percent each year.
   
But for some it still stings.
Charnelle Tillman, Student: "This is just gonna make it worse. Like, I might not live on campus next year."

Nicholas March, Student: "It's been a struggle. I mean you have to work. And that always hinders with your school work."
   
Here's what the UWF juniors we spoke with are paying *now:
At the Village West Apartment Complex they call home, a two bedroom two bath unit costs 3700 dollars per person a semester.
   
A four bed - two bath apartment goes for about 3300 per student for the same period of time.
Charnelle Tillman, Student: "The prices is always a shock, but we always make it work."

Laison Sauveur, Student: "It is fairly cheaper than other schools that I know."   
The rent hike was suggested by a consulting company that compared rates at UWF with other schools in the region and said UWF's rates were relatively low.
   
The school's Director of Housing says the extra cash is needed to pay for the higher cost of utilities and for preventative maintenance to keep facilities reliable.

The university's board of trustees will vote on the proposed rent increase on December 13th.