MSU housing offered to grad students

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University will offer some new housing options for graduate students.

In this fall, a block of rooms will be designated as single, private rooms in both Ruby and Critz halls for students in master’s or doctoral level programs. Both facilities are located near each other on the north side of the Starkville campus.

Ruby is part of the Zacharias Village complex, while Critz is the last of four “boomerang” halls, so nicknamed because of their sweeping-curve design. While Ruby offers premium housing, Critz offers renovated rooms at a lower price point.

Bill Kibler, vice president for student affairs, said the decision came as part of a plan to accommodate particular graduate student needs.

He said the addition of two new undergraduate residence halls currently under construction made the decision possible, he added.

“Our demand for on-campus housing is very high, and it is important that we accommodate our students to the very best of our ability and to the extent that our facilities allow,” Kibler said.

The new graduate rooms will be available for the nine-month, fall-spring academic year.

Ann Bailey, director of the housing and residence life department, said seven new residence halls have been constructed since 2005 and another five have been extensively renovated since 1999.