Students forced out of University Apartments

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 4:39pm

COLLEGE STATION -- 500 international Texas A&M students and their families may not have a place to live for much longer because the board of regents gave the university the authority demolish their apartments to make room for a new development.

"This is my home away from home."

Desmond Jacob moved from Mumbai, India three years ago to study at A&M and he's been living at the University Apartments ever since.

"We've got about 40 countries represented over here."

But now these international students and their families have to begin the process of looking for somewhere else to live because the university has been given the power by the board of regents to lease 60-acres of land to Midway Companies.

When the University Apartments are torn down next year it will make room for new development but some international students say, it will rip an entire community apart in the process.

Rowand Jalel, an international student from Iraq says, "It's like a small Arabic country here and we won't be able to find that opportunity in any other apartments."

Jacob adds, "It's like pulling apart a family, to be very honest."

A&M officials tell us the buildings are old and are falling apart so it's time to move forward with new development but Jacob says he feels like they're now unwelcome.

"It's just money versus students and unfortunately money is winning."

Students have until June to find a new home away from home.
 

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