Jordan Amsel, left, and Brian Mars play Fortnight. (Rich Janzaruk / Herald-Times)
Jordan Amsel, left, and Brian Mars play Fortnight. (Rich Janzaruk / Herald-Times)
Moi Lencovski was worried when he found out he would be assigned to a residence hall lounge instead of a dorm room.

“It didn’t sound good,” the Indiana University freshman said.

Lencovski is one of 135 IU students without a permanent housing assignment. That’s down from about 200 the week before classes began in August.

This is at least the third consecutive time some IU students have started the academic year living in residence hall lounges on the Bloomington campus. Last year there were about 100 and the year before there were about 60. A number of factors combined to result in so many students being assigned to temporary housing this year.

For the third year in a row, IU Bloomington broke its own record for beginner students with 8,291. The term beginner refers to all undergraduate students who are new to the Bloomington campus. This can include transfer students and students who would otherwise be freshman but are classified as sophomores thanks to dual-credit courses they took in high school.

While the university controls how many students are admitted, those students decide whether or not to actually enroll. It’s impossible to know exactly how many students will enroll because some reply late and others who communicate their intent to enroll never show up.

All of the students assigned to residence hall lounges this year applied for housing after the university’s deadline, said Chuck Carney, IU spokesman. That was the case for Lencovski and his roommate, Jordan Amsel.
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