Tanning beds, putting greens and lazy rivers. No, these aren’t luxury retirements homes. They’re the upscale dorms that some Florida universities are using to lure students to campus.
Florida’s 12 state universities must charge roughly the same tuition, so they can’t rely on pricing alone to give them a competitive edge. That’s why experts say campus amenities like fancy dorm rooms are key to recruiting and retaining students.
Many institutions are turning to public-private partnerships with experienced private- sector developers for both development expertise and efficiency and for creative ways to finance and in some cases operate these new housing communities.