College students living in their cars during housing “issue”

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LANGSTON, Okla. - They're coming from as far away as Arizona, Tennessee and Illinois.

But, many students, like Tatyana Groom, arrived to discover Langston University housing is not available.

"I'm staying with everyone any place I can go," Groom said. "If a friend lets me stay, I'm staying."

It's even worse for Sharon Redmond.

She's been living out of her trunk for more than a week.

"I'm sleeping in my car currently," she said.

All five foot eight crunched into the back seat when the sun goes down.

"When I get ready to end my day, I park my car here and sit in my car," Redmond said.

Redmond was told she'd just need to be patient, while administrators work through late paperwork.

"They said, if you didn't have everything turned in by August the third, you would be placed on a waiting list. When I got on the list, it was already 40 people long. I paid my housing fee in May."

School officials admit there have been challenges including "budgetary cuts" and "one of the largest freshman classes in the history of the university."

In a news release, we were told "We are working diligently to resolve the issues."

But, Groom said patience is running thin.

"It's getting close to madness, outrage, like a riot. I don't know how much more I can take from this school."

Langston officials did not give us a time frame on when all students might be placed.

School begins on Monday.

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