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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The University of Arizona is back to life.

We've seen students carrying boxes and boxes of belongings all afternoon.

It's exciting news for business owners along University Boulevard who are hoping to make up for lost profits.

There's been a steady stream of students moving into their new dorm rooms today.

An estimated 1,000 students made the campus their home.

But tomorrow, an even bigger "move in" day is expected.

With students and their parents in town, business owners on University are excited.

They tell me they suffered quite a bit with students being away for summer break.

"As soon as the students come back it's like Christmas for the merchants," said Camela Quist with Eat a Pita. "It's several, quadruple the business than we get in the summer."

"I would say we are at least 50 percent busier when the students come back into town," said Jody Raetzman with Frog and Firkin restaurant. "Our staff gets excited because they're busier. And we just like having everyone back."

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A very busy day on campus tomorrow 2,500 students are expected to move in and another 1,000 on Friday.

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