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SSU students living at Armstrong ask for more transportation

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah State University students now having to live at Armstrong Atlantic State University are asking for more transportation. The commute to class for these students is about 20 minutes since there is not enough space for them to live on SSU's campus.

SSU is providing transporation. However, since the last bus ends at 9:30 p.m., some students feel like they are missing out on campus events because they have no way home.  

Lasasha Dawson is one of the Savannah State University students living at Armstrong because of the high demand for SSU campus housing this year.

"It's not fair. It's uncomfortable. It's discouraging. It's stressful, and I would like to see some change in that," says Dawson. 

On move-in day, university officials told WTOC that more than 400 students were on the housing waiting list due to the fact that this was the largest freshman class in history, and majority of students want to live on campus. Savannah State is providing transportation between the schools, but Dawson says the commute makes it harder to get to class on time.

"I was late for class yesterday. I already knew I would have to take the initiative to catch a bus an hour early. Yesterday, I did miss the bus by a minute and I was an hour late for class," says Dawson. 

Dawson says she's she is paying about the same to live off campus without the same conveniences.

"I feel like we should get more shuttle buses that run more frequently than they do now. Some of the requests that I have made are not getting done, or at least it's not happening fast enough," says Dawson. 

Savannah State officials say they are not sure if there is a discounted arrangement available for those living at Armstrong, however they are working on getting more transportation for students.

"Presently our CBO is working with CAT to arrange a later bus that would leave at 1130. It will take a few days to do that. We're arranging that. Probably sometime next week we will have an answer to that," says Dr. Reynold Verret, SSU's Provost.

Savannah State says in their housing contracts upper classman are not guaranteed housing. Even though that has been the case in the past. Officials tell me the best thing students can do is to register for housing on time so the school can have more accurate numbers.

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