Demand high for
UNCP's new apartment complex
Village Apartments under construction
A new student housing
development on the campus of UNC Pembroke is coming online at precisely
the right time for a growing university.
With the school
year nearing, builders are working round the clock to get the 216-bed
The privately funded
project, which consists of three buildings with 12 apartments in each,
got started in early June. The apartments, along with a separate community
building, are located on the north side of campus along Odum Road.
housing administrators are very enthusiastic about the project.
of the grounds of University Village Apartments
is a nice fit for us, and it will significantly enhance the quality
of life for on-campus students," said Dean of Students Preston
Swiney, who supervises student housing. "University Village will
improve the mix and quality of our student housing."
Along with rapidly
growing enrollment, the demand for student housing is booming, Dean
housing occupancy is up 65 percent in just three years," he said.
"We expect full occupancy of University Village this year."
With students already
being assigned three to a room in some of the university's residence
halls, demand is strong. Swiney said 160 students have already reserved
rooms in the apartment-style residence.
Each furnished unit
has three double-occupancy bedrooms (with a bathroom for each bedroom),
a full kitchen, living room and study room. The apartments are wired
with seven Internet, four cable TV and four phone outlets.
The cost of a nine-month
lease is $1,725 per semester compared with $1,305 in Pine Hall, formerly
the university's newest residence hall. There is on-premise parking,
and no meal plan is required for residents of University Village.
Although the apartments
are privately financed, the university is managing them. Campus police
will provide security, and there will be a live-in resident administrator
and resident assistants in each building.
will be a volleyball court and barbecues. In the community building,
there will be a computer lab, laundry room, post office boxes, study
area and office.
buildings are good looking with brick and siding exteriors and concrete
sidewalks and parking areas.
"This is going
to be an attractive feature of our campus, and it will benefit student
life for many, many years to come," Dean Swiney said.
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