So I'm in Burlington Vermont which happens to be the smallest largest city of the 50 US states. So it shouldn't be surprizing that the University of Vermont and another college are in this town. Now the US Census requires that students be counted in their dorm room (or other student or off-campus housing) if that is where they normally reside and spend their sleeping hours. Burlington was ca. 42000 in 2010. I might guess it's about 47000 in 2020. Student population growing at a rate more than the city as a whole.
So it can't be just Burlington Vermont that has about 25% of their population as students.
Now normally the census and redistricting (or "reapportionment") is forced on state and local governments to make sure that emerging communities are represented in government with at least a hope of proportionality to their populations.
Now, one thing that local governments might do to student populations would be too slice the population up into multiple districts or wards, so that in each district the portion being this student community is nowhere near a majority. The political rationale is that we shouldn't encourage or even grant political power to people who most likely will not be hanging around in 5 years.
But isn't it the purpose of the redistricting to proportionately represent communities in government? And isn't slicing up a population so that they are disproportionately underrepresented in the legislative branch of government, wouldn't that be gerrymandering?
So if students were the majority (or close to it) population in this Ward 8 (shown as orange in the map above), if they were to slice up Ward 8 into parts of Wards 1, 2, 3, and 6, wouldn't that be gerrymandering? If, instead of students, they were an emerging ethnic population, like Bosnian or Vietnamese? Would slicing up that ward be gerrymandering? What do other towns or small cities do with a large student population?