North Dakota State University has taken a step toward dealing with a shortage of on-campus housing.

North Dakota State University has taken a step toward dealing with a shortage of on-campus housing.

Ground has been broken on a $39.5 million residence hall. It's the first new dorm built at the university since 2008.

KFGO says the six-story, 440-bed dorm should be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2019. University President Dean Bresciani says the structure will be paid back with student housing funds over the next 30 years.