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Published August 25, 2013, 08:34 PM

Class beginning at UND

The University of North Dakota is welcoming in its newest batch of students this week. With a tight housing market in Grand Forks, it's coming down to the last minute for some students to find a place to live.

The University of North Dakota is welcoming in its newest batch of students this week.

With a tight housing market in Grand Forks, it's coming down to the last minute for some students to find a place to live.

It's moving day for Andrew LeKatz, a junior at UND. After unexpectedly having to leave his former rental this month, he says he's lucky he found this house.

Andrew Lekatz- UND Student: "You're looking and you're trying to find something that's reasonably priced plus close to campus, and I was just very fortunate to find this place and have them choose me because they had a lot of people looking at the house here."

UND graduate student Sara Andrews says the off-campus housing market is tight.

Sara Andrews- UND Grad Student: "About a year ago I had a struggle trying to find an apartment that accepted pets."

Andrews found this apartment, but now she's scrambling to find a new roommate.

Andrews: "I just put a post on UND Underground and just kind of word of mouth through friends."

While students might have to dig for off-campus rentals, on-campus housing is still an option.

Cindy Spencer- UND Director of Residence Life: "Between 2,600 and 2,700 in the residence halls and then we have 877 student apartments."

UND housing staff says there's no shortage of on-campus housing, but students wanting university owned apartments might have to wait.

Spencer: "We will accommodate them in the residence halls until their university apartment is ready, then we will transfer their residence hall contract into a lease agreement."

Wherever students end up living, the organizers of welcome weekend say about 500 volunteers are working hard to make the new students feel at home.

Kristi Okerlund- UND Coordinator of New Student and Parent Programs: "We want them to meet as many new students as they're able to in their first weekend here on campus, and most importantly have fun while doing so.

Lekatz: "Campus has been really buzzing. I stayed here over summer and it's just really exciting to see everybody get back and campus starting to fill up. I can't wait for classes to start on Tuesday."

Events geared toward new and transfer students continue throughout the week.

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