TSU renting out Best Western to accommodate dorm overflow

Some Tennessee State University students are living the suite life this semester. 

Due to an unparalleled number of students requesting on-campus housing for the fall 2021 semester, Tennessee State University rented out an entire Best Western Plus hotel to accommodate the dorm overflow. 

The semester-long lease to take over an entire hotel cost the university $1.938 million, Frank Stevenson, TSU associate vice president and dean of student affairs, told the Tennessean. 

“Once we made it clear about (COVID-19 safety protocols returning to campus), we realized that we were going to have an issue with housing …” Stevenson said. “With COVID, and not being able to really just pile kids in rooms, having to be cognizant of social distancing. Having to run our keys on those things really contributed to the space issue.”