NC State’s Barry Olson Talks the State of the Student Housing Market in Raleigh: Students Have Many Options, But Are There Too Many?

RALEIGH, NC -- Dr. Barry Olson oversees University Housing, including Living and Learning Initiatives and the full suite of Business Administration units, at North Carolina State University. He has been a student affairs professional practitioner for over 22 years.  At CAPRE's Carolinas Student Housing Forum held at North Carolina State, Olson participated in a Keynote Interview, "Up-Close with North Carolina State University" moderated by Mike Porritt, Vice President for Advisory Services at The Scion Group LLC, about the state of affairs for student renters in Raleigh. "What we’re going to talk about today is some of the things that are going on at NC State and in the Carolinas in particular," began Porritt. "My background is from campuses. My last role was Director of University Housing at McGill University in Montréal. And I’ve been working with Scion Advisory for the last four years. We do campus advising for a lot of stuff and work with some private developers sometimes as well. So let’s get started. Barry, how would you describe the state of student housing in the Raleigh area, for students, on campus and off campus?" "I’d say that, for us, here in Raleigh, it’s great for our students. Our students have a lot of opportunity," replied Olson, before diving deep. "Here’s a layout of NC State. We’re a land grant institution. We have about 35,000 students. We house about 10,000 of those on campus. So our primary market –…