Enrollment at ECU stayed steady and even saw a slight increase throughout the years of the Great Depression. Many students couldn't find a job so they decided they might as well get their education. The biggest expense at ECU during the 1930s was room and board. At this time there were no dormitories at ECU so students rented rooms from local citizens. Some students couldn't afford to rent a room and as a result a "Hooverville" was formed of students living on campus in tents.