BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Property management companies in Bozeman say rental homes, apartments and even rooms are scarce this time of year.

Experts we talked to say Montana State University's growing population contributes to the shortage of available property.

We talked with MSU students and university leaders about the struggles of finding a rental near campus.

Lindsay Murdock is the President of the Associated Student's at MSU, a student government organization. Murdock told us the MSU community is growing and so is Bozeman. She tells us this can make it tricky for students looking for a place to live off campus.

"Competitive for sure of the most convenient and some of the less expensive places right now," said Murdock.

Murdock told NBC Montana she talks with students all the time about finding places to live.  She says the rental market in Bozeman has tightened up over the past few years.

"It has been exceedingly difficult the past two years because of campus growth -- and obviously there are not new houses popping up all over the place," she said.

Slater Kirk is a student at MSU.  Kirk told us he has surfed Craigslist for months, only to find many posts have not been updated -- leaving him scrambling to find other options.

"It actually came down to not finding a three bedroom place and we actually had to split up," said Kirk.

Kirk told us throughout his five years at MSU he has seen the community grow.

"Extremely competitive. I don't think properties stay on the market long at all," said Kirk.

Murdock says rentals are just a part of supply and demand.

"At this point, it's more a matter of just finding a place to live rather than finding the best place to live," explained Murdock.

Murdock told NBC Montana MSU's Residential Life department does work with students to help find off campus housing and property management groups, to see what listing are available.