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Move in day at Cougar Village where any separation anxiety was quickly dwarfed by an overwhelming sense of glee from 18-year olds being cut loose at high quality campus dorms to sink or swim.
"It's just part of the whole college experience. It's living here and getting to know everybody on campus and being apart of everything," said Jasmine Morris, an incoming freshman at the University of Houston.
 Jasmine's Mom Salathia Morris could easily have insisted she remain in the family's Ft. Bend County home and commute.
 But Salathia says that slices off too much of what college is all about.

 "I think it's important for her to be here and experience the entire package," said Salathia.

 With newly constructed facilities like Cougar Village, UH has expanded on-campus housing to accommodate 8000 students.

 Even though her family lives in Houston, UH Freshman Paulina Paczkowska
leaped at the opportunity for a measure of independence..

 "Even though my parents are 30 minutes away I can still be here, do my own laundry, go work out, plan what I want to eat, by myself, in a dorm, with a roommate," said Paulina.

 Paulina's dad Pietr is totally on board.

 "It's one thing what you learn at school, but the social aspect of being surrounded by your peers, having the same common goal, working together. I think it's something I missed as a student and I would like her to have it," said Pietr Paczkowska.

 And then there's the once forlorn neighborhoods around UH where there has been an explosion of what some are calling "stealth dorms".

 For the past four years UH senior Miguel Garcia has shared an Eastwood home with as many as eight student house mates.
 With campus just five minutes away, affordable rooms in homes near campus are becoming an increasingly popular option.

Miguel calls the on-going transformation of neighborhoods, rapid and positive.

 "It's changed so much. As far as like the people around here, what people are doing, I see a lot more people outside here than I've ever seen before because its become a safer neighborhood,"
said Garcia.

 "It's literally like I'm living on campus, but I'm not," he added.

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