New apartments and condos have not affected older ones' business.
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New apartment complexes and condominiums in Norman have not
affected apartment business too much, local apartment managers
said. Even though students have many more living options, Norman
apartments are filling up at the usual pace.
Campus Lodge, The Edge Condominiums and The Reserve on Stinson
are all new places students can choose to live.
These additions have not really hurt business at other apartment
complexes like University Commons, Sterling University and
Renaissance at Norman Apartments, according to their apartment
“We are as full as we were the last two years at this same
date,” said Leslie Clift, manager at University Commons.
Clift said University Commons still has vacancies for fall and
summer and plans on filling up for the fall semester.
She said the new apartment arrivals haven’t hurt summer
business because the new complexes are not open yet. Clift said
students may be attracted to University Commons because they can
move in when summer begins.
Cheree Johnson, property manager at Sterling University Greens,
said the apartment’s summer business has actually increased
compared to last summer. Johnson said for this summer, Sterling
University is about 80 percent full compared to being about 50
percent full from last summer. She said she thinks Sterling’s
good reputation has helped business and students are able see what
they are going to live in because Sterling apartments aren’t
“Actually, we’re doing really, really well with all
the new competition,” Johnson said. “They haven’t
really affected us a lot.”
Johnson said she was nervous when she found out new complexes
were coming to Norman but she is pleased and surprised with how
well Sterling University is filling up.
“We may have some empty ones, but I don’t think
anything that would make a huge dent,” Johnson said.
She said one way this year may differ from others is students
might be waiting longer to decide where to live because there are
so many options. Johnson said next year may be a completely
different story because the new complexes will also be available
all summer long.
Teri Cotter, assistant manager at Renaissance at Norman
Apartments, said her business has not really been affected, either.
Cotter said Renaissance rents to many OU students but it is not
specifically a college-based complex and that may be why they
haven’t seen a change.
She said they have seen more students signing leases than
previous years despite the new options.
“We have openings, but we’ve started a waiting list
for August,” Cotter said. “OU is growing quite a
She thinks OU’s enrollment growth may be a reason why more
students are filling the Renaissance Apartments and others
The Edge Condominiums in Norman, a new complex available to
students, operates slightly different than apartment complexes, but
they aren’t expecting many empty spots, either.
“We’re doing well, but it’s definitely
different because there’s so much competition,” said
Katy Anderson, assistant director of sales and leasing.
At The Edge, there are private owners of the condominiums and
some of the owners rent out the space to others. These condominiums
are designed for student lifestyles and open Aug. 15.
Anderson said The Edge still has spots open to rent and spots to
The new Campus Lodge apartments are filling up as well. Amanda
Cochran, leasing manager, said although Campus Lodge is still under
construction, there will be spaces available this summer.
“We won’t be totally full, but we’ll have at
least three buildings full,” Cochran said. She said Campus
Lodge is also about halfway full for the fall.
Cochran said she doesn’t believe the arrival of Campus
Lodge will really hurt other complexes.
“I think that we’re all going to fill up. It may
just take a couple more weeks,” Cochran said. “I think
there’s enough to go around.”
Makenna Smith, public relations junior, said when looking for a
place to live, she wanted something new, so she chose Campus
“It’s nice that it’s clean,” Smith
Smith said she didn’t know if the new options would affect
business at older complexes, but thought new arrivals might
influence older complexes to make changes.
“I didn’t know if it would force them to
renovate,” Smith said.
She said she looked at other places like University Commons and
Sterling University Greens and said she probably would have lived
at one of those places if there weren’t new options.
Headline- More Competition Hasn’t Hurt Business
Picture- Campus Lodge under construction
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Campus Lodge – 1800 Beaumont Drive
The Edge at Norman- 2200 Classen Blvd.
The Reserve on Stinson- 730 Stinson Dr.
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