College students move into assisted living facility's empty rooms

Some college students have a unique living arrangement in the form of a partnership with a nearby assisted living home.

A handful of students at Winona State University have filled the empty rooms at  Senior Living at Watkins, KARE reported.

Six students are living in the same building as 45 senior citizens thanks to the director of assisted living at Winona Health.

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Cheryl Krage had the idea that started the program called "Students in Residence," KARE reported.

Not only are they living together in a historic mansion, but the senior citizens are also taking an active role in the lives of the students, asking if they're doing well in school and eating well, too, KARE reported.

The students are helping the seniors, too, by volunteering. For 10 hours a month, they get a room for $400. If students do 20 hours, they only pay $200 a month for rent, KARE reported. Meals, utilities and Wi-Fi are included in the rent, according to Winona Health.