ATLANTIC CITY — The rooms are yet to be furnished, but most of the beds have been filled at Stockton University’s Gateway campus, officials said this week.

“We’re doing really well. We’re more than 85 percent full in the building,” said Haley Baum, assistant dean of students for Atlantic City.

The new Atlantic City campus is expected to open in September, and both the university and city are preparing for the more than 500 students who will be living in the Chelsea section of the city come fall.

Students living on the island campus don’t necessarily have to take classes in the city, Baum said.

“Some students will have more than half of their classes in Atlantic City, some students will have one course, and some might not have any,” she said. “We have some students that just prefer to live in Atlantic City.”

Baum said 450 of the 533 residential spots available to students at the Boardwalk dorm have been filled. About 70 of those spots will be year-round residents, she said.

The university has announced more than 100 courses to be available in Atlantic City in the fall. A shuttle will be available to take students between Atlantic City and the main campus in Galloway Township from early in the morning until after midnight.

After four years of living on the Galloway campus, Marissa Chin, of Matawan, Monmouth County, will live in Atlantic City this fall while pursuing a graduate degree.

“I’m just very excited for the opportunity to live in Atlantic City. It will be very different from the Stockton I know,” Chin said on a recent episode of The Press’ Atlantic City Story podcast.

La-Tasha Randolph, of Irvington, another graduate student, said living in Atlantic City makes her feel like a freshman again.

“Going to Atlantic City is like, ‘Oh, what are they doing this day?’ Or ‘What community events are happening?’ Randolph said. “It gives you something else to look forward to.”

As for the remaining spots in the city dorm, Baum said they will likely be filled with a mix of current and transfer students by the end of the summer.

She said there will be tours of the new campus throughout the summer. The move-in date is still being finalized, Baum said.

In preparation for the influx of students this fall, the city plans to designate the blocks around the campus in the Chelsea section of the city as a University District.

Sixth Ward Councilman Jesse O. Kurtz said he has been reaching out to local businesses to prepare them for the influx of new customers and residents, including adding bike racks.

“It’s a little touch, but I think it will be very helpful to students who aren’t going to have a car,” Kurtz said, adding he is encouraging bike travel on and off the Boardwalk.

Kurtz said he has reached out to businesses to assist them in transitioning their inventory and hours to better suit the new clientele.

“With these new students coming on board, there is more of a need for restaurants with later hours, takeout,” he said. “The key for me is making sure that the local merchants are aware of the different resources (available) to them, so that they can take advantage of this new wave of economic activity.”

Kurtz said he wants the students to make Atlantic City their home, not just during the semester, but after. He said he hopes they see it as a place where they can be a part of the “civic fiber.”

Baum said she was particularly excited for the students taking advantage of the 12-month lease option at the dorm.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever offered that,” she said. “Some might have summer classes. Some might have summer internships. … Some might just really love the idea of living on the beach and Boardwalk through the summer.”

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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