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Aug 20, 2014 8:06 PM by John Patrick

UA move-in week kickstarts economy

TUCSON - Back to school means back to business for local shops and restaurants around the University of Arizona.

Businesses around the UA campus are coming off of their slowest time of year, the long summer season. Grey Edwards from Campus Candy said their store can nearly triple their business as they welcome back students for the fall semester.

"When students are back, kids are in the candy store," said Edwards.

This year, the UA is welcoming 7,800 incoming freshman, which is 600 more than 2013.

Gretchen Patzy with Frog & Firkin said with the incoming class sizes increasing every year, so do the amount of dollar signs businesses on University Boulevard see.

"Every year has increased and increased. It's been great," said Patzy.

With 10,000 new students at the UA this year, housing is getting crammed. Over 7,000 students already pack the campus dorms.

Dana Robbins-Murray with UA Residence Life said they've been full since June, so nearby apartments are picking up the slack.

"We are actually full this year and we were full in June, so we're trying to help students find housing around town," said Robbins-Murray.

Robbins-Murray credited the modern streetcar for expanding the reach of off-campus living, while still making it easy and convenient to get to class.

"Now that we have the Sun Link Streetcar it's opened up a whole new corridor for students live and get to campus," explained Robbins-Murray.

Students will continue to move in through the week before classes officially start August 25.

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