Cape Cod, being a highly seasonal resort and vacation market, has a number of challenges when it comes to rental housing for year-round residents. The Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod reported that in the five years preceding 2018, the Cape lost 3,000 year-round rentals and gained over 6,000 seasonal homes. The Cape is also home to a growing number of institutions for higher education, ranging from 4-year colleges, to satellite campuses of larger institutions, to technical colleges and trade schools. With the introduction of Bridgewater State’s Cape Cod campus in 2015, the total student population of such institutions is over 6,000 and continues to grow. Accommodations for such a diverse student and program mix is challenging in the midst of an already problematic housing environment. The Cape is know focusing on how public community college and university programs can reduce the cost of attendance by converting distressed motels into student housing, without exacerbating an area’s existing housing issues.
Housing for its students on the Cape
Some college do not currently offer housing for its students on the Cape, and coupled with low housing inventory levels, this further exacerbates the issue of affordability as students compete with the local workforce for rentals. This discrepancy helps to explain the lack of accommodations for students on Cape Cod, which is why they are looking into converting empty motels to student housing