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Inside of a dormitory for married students at Nankai University in Tianjin. [Photo/qq.com]
A][color=rgb(65,]The post was forwarded and commented on by netizens, most of whom supported the university. Some even thought the policy might encourage students to get married while in school.
The][color=rgb(65,]Students need to provide their campus ID and marriage certificates to apply for the dorms, according to a message posted on the university's social media account on Thursday.
There][color=rgb(65,]Sun said the rooms, about 20 square meters each, are equipped with a double bed, wardrobe, a desk and shelf for two, a private bathroom and other basic furniture.
She][color=rgb(65,]"Five more couples have checked in for this semester, and currently there are eighteen married student couples living in the dorms," Sun said.
She][color=rgb(65,]Sun said the university provides special dorms for couples as a courtesy, and will continue doing so as long as there is enough space.
"Some][color=rgb(65,]"Currently, all the couples who have applied for the dorms are master's degree or doctoral students. Getting married is an individual behavior, and the university will not interfere in their personal decisions," she added.
Fan Xueni, 27, a second-year master's degree student, observed: "In general, for master's students, four people share a dorm, and two doctoral students share a dorm with affordable prices."
Fan's boyfriend is studying in Beijing, and they must rent a hotel room anytime they meet in Tianjin.
"I think few students meet the conditions. I don't see many married students around me, let alone both attending the same university. Most of my friends are in long-distance relationships, or dating people at their university - not married," Fan said.
In September 2005, the Ministry of Education scrapped a rule saying that undergraduates' freedom to marry would no longer be restricted under China's Marriage Law and marriage registration regulations.
The new rule meant that undergraduate-age couples - men 22 and above; women 20 and above - could get married as they wished, like other Chinese citizens.
Cai Xiao, 26, now a doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at Renmin University of China, was one of the later beneficiaries:
"I married my husband in 2014 when I was a senior in college," she said.