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CSU looks to double its on-campus housing

Cleveland State University in talks to acquire The Edge on Euclid Apartments on Chester Ave to more than double its on-campus housing.CRG

Cleveland State University reportedly is in talks to acquire The Edge on Euclid Apartments as well as The Langston Apartments on Chester Avenue to more than double its on-campus housing options for a growing student enrollment.

Growing enrollment at Cleveland State University may soon cause visible changes to downtown Cleveland’s landscape. According to two sources close to the university, CSU is in negotiations to acquire two large apartment properties that would allow it to more than double its inventory of on-campus student housing.

The two properties are The Edge on Euclid, 1750 Euclid Ave., and The Langston Apartments, 2303 Chester Ave. Combined, the two complexes contain 1,164 beds. Currently, CSU has only two on-campus housing properties — the Euclid Commons with 601 beds and the 22-story Fenn Tower with 438 beds.

The Edge and The Langston were built in the 2010s to accommodate CSU students yet both are considered off-campus housing. As privately owned buildings, they can be more expensive, have longer lease terms and may not be included in school boarding plans as on-campus housing offers. To accommodate more freshman and international students, CSU reportedly sees the need to expand the number of beds in its on-campus residence halls. Acquiring existing buildings is the quickest way to do so.

Just this week, CSU reported that overall undergraduate and graduate Fall 2021 enrollments increased about 1 percent compared to last year when more than 16,000 students were enrolled. Graduate enrollment at CSU soared by more than 20 percent to 4,352 students, and the university added 1,834 new freshmen to campus, a 5 percent increase from Fall 2020, according to a written statement released yesterday.

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