Bowie State University

Bowie,

Student Housing Market Study

In 2008 Bowie State’s housing inventory had the capacity to accommodate only 25% of its total enrollment and the university sought to increase its housing capacity and in so doing, attract more students. The university hired B&D to examine existing and future housing conditions, establish unit-style preferences, determine interest in amenities, and quantify demand for new housing. Our electronic survey provided student choices for unit types, occupancy types, floor plans, and potential rental rates. We also supplied a narrative description of anticipated additions to student housing. The survey also gave the students the option of indicating they would not want to live on campus. Based on our results and analysis, we projected demand for an additional 400 beds by 2011, with strong support for suite- and apartment-style units.