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Student Move-Out Begins in Sunnyside

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MORGANTOWN -

Take finals, sell books, pack, move, and get home for the holidays. That's just the tip of the short list for many students forced out of their homes mid-year.

In October, WVU announced a $14.5 million purchase of nearly five acres of land in the Sunnyside neighborhood. Redevelopment will add nearly 1,000 new beds, and cost the school $70 million.

Many students said they had until December 29, others were not so lucky. Junior Chris Corrigan was to be out before Thanksgiving.

"My house, they gave us four days to leave," said Corrigan. "We got no emails, or nothing. We had nowhere to live pretty much. All the other houses got until late December. They pretty much threw us out onto the street."

Students said the search for a new home wasn't easy either.

"It was really hard. We had to look at a lot of places. The rent was so much higher, and in inconvenient locations. It took us a good month and a half to find a new place," said William Goodykoontz, WVU sophomore.

"I luckily had a kid who lives a few houses away, and I moved in there, I got lucky. It was pretty hard. I was looking for a few days and couldn't find anywhere. I guess there all having a tough time too," said Corrigan.

"It's finals week, it's getting kind of stressful, and we're also having to move out soon. Both those together, it's been a rough time," Goodykoontz said. "I think it was just inconvenient to do it mid-way through year, rather than the end when our leases are up."