Meeting and Beating the Challenge of Off-Campus Student Housing

Zoning Practice — August 2017

By Dwight Merriam, FAICP


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Most college students living off-campus are good neighbors. Furthermore, communities that have a diverse supply of off-campus private student housing can help educational institutions attract students and remain competitive. However, student encroachment in established neighborhoods is a source of tension in many communities that host major post-secondary institutions.

This issue of Zoning Practice discusses how planning, carefully thought-out regulation, effective enforcement, and continuing cooperation and coordination between town and gown can help meet off-campus housing demand without undermining the character of established neighborhoods.


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Aug. 1, 2017
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About the Author

Dwight Merriam, FAICP
Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP, a lawyer and land use planner, is a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a Fellow and Past President and of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and Past Chair of the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law. He has published over 200 articles and 13 books, including co-editing the treatise Rathkopf’s The Law of Zoning and Planning. UMass BA (cum laude), UNC MRP, and Yale JD.