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Sep 5, 2013 6:33 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

A&M Kingsville Students Living in Hotels

KINGSVILLE - More than a 100 students at A&M Kingsville are now living out of hotels.

They were supposed to move into a new apartment complex right next to campus, run the by Diocese of Corpus Christi, but it's not ready.

The Diocese says it will be ready sometime this fall, they're shooting for October.

The construction work has fallen behind schedule and the Diocese says it's because many of the sub-contractors that they've tried to hire end up going to work for higher paying jobs related to Eagle Ford Shale.

So, the majority of students have to live in hotels off Hwy 77. Some are staying in other dorms. The Diocese is paying for those rooms.

Jesus Trevino is a junior who signed up to live at the Thomas Aquinas Newman Center. He told us he's worried about the delays continuing so long that he'll have to start paying for other living arrangements.

"They're (the Diocese) paying for this right. But lets say for whatever reason they decide that we're going to have to start paying or something, then that's going to be different. I'm going to have to make a different decision," Trevino says.

There's no indication that he or any other students will have to do that at this point.

Trevino added that at least he doesn't have to pay rent, and his room does get cleaned everyday.

But he is miles away from campus and has to try and catch one shuttle every morning to campus. If he misses it, he says there's not usually another one for most of the day.

He says he's eager to live where he planned to live.

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