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TEMPE, Ariz. -

Tempe police say they are some of the biggest trouble spots for loud and raucous parties. Off campus apartment complexes that cater to students are among the most visited by police officers trying to break up out of control partying.

The university says it is working with these apartment buildings to control the problem. But then why then are they also making money off them in their housing brochure?

This is the official off-campus housing guide for ASU. It has a lot of information for students and parents, and a lot of ads for apartments right around the ASU campus.

We were surprised to find out a lot of those complexes featured in this guide are also featured in this report from Tempe police, pointing out the top ten locations for "loud party calls" in Tempe.

On the front cover of the ASU Official Off-Campus Housing Guide this year, an ad for "the domain apartment complex" is in the lower left corner right next to the ASU logo.

That complex also happens to be the number one place for loud party calls over the past year, according to this Tempe police report released last month.

People who live here seemed surprised to find out.

"Yes, I wouldn't think the Domain would be first. I would think like, the Vue, the District. But yeah, that's surprising," says Davia Childs, sophomore.

The Domain isn't the only off-campus complex in the guide that makes the top ten list for loud parties.

It includes Grigio at Tempe Town Lake, Block 1949 on University, and Apache Station Apartments, where ASU grad Grant Gehrlich lives.

"Well I'm a little bit shocked honestly. When I first moved here they did have the big rock star parties, and there were quite a few loud ones but I would say at the moment it's kind of on a downward trend," says Gehrlich.

So how do these places that have caused headaches for Tempe police end up in the official off-campus housing guide for students? The answer is, money.

They can pay anywhere from $6,500 to $35,000 for ad space in the guide, and even a spot at the ASU housing fair.

So parents looking for housing for their kids could interpret this as an endorsement from the university.

But most people living in the complexes that made Tempe PD's loud party top ten list didn't seem bothered by it.

"Not an issue to me personally however if you ask different residents you would definitely get different stories as well."

"I just feel like we're college students. So there are going to be parties -- and there are going to be loud nights. And that's just what we do," says Childs.

Statement from ASU: "Off campus housing complexes advertise in the off campus housing guides. The university does not endorse any of the apartment complexes. It is important to note that these guides were produced before the most recent incidents involving alcohol and crime."

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