If you ask Kent State University President Lester Lefton about private student housing in Kent, he'll tell you the Tree City has too much.
"There is, if anything, a glut," Lefton said Wednesday.
The response followed the Kent State Board of Trustees meeting in Twinsburg and was prompted by a question from a reporter.
"I've been quite vocal over the last three years saying we don't need more private development housing," Lefton said.
To start this school year Kent saw the opening of three large student apartment complexes that brought more than 1,700 new beds targeted at student renters. The large influx of new student apartments includes the University Oaks and University Edge complexes.
The university has scuttled student dormitories in recent years by demolishing much of the former Small Group residence hall complex and by systematically shutting down Allerton Apartments.
Lefton said the university has no plans to build new student residence halls despite recent record-setting enrollment numbers. He said any further growth would be due to improved retention rates of existing and incoming students.
He called the idea to create more student housing in Kent a "bad investment."
"Because we're not going to continue to grow our student body until we're 65,000 students," Lefton said. "We're not done, but we are asymptoting because we don't expect to increase the size of the freshman class overall."