announced this week that its fifth on-campus housing facility is nearing completion.
According to a release from the university, construction of the 207,500-square-foot University Place II residence hall began in October and is slated for completion before classes resume in August. The facility sits on six acres and will house 451 students, bringing the total number of on-campus beds to nearly 3,500.
University Place II compliments Kennesaw State’s University Place I housing project, which opened in 2002. Both facilities are reserved for upper-class students.
A new outdoor amphitheater is also being constructed near the project to provide an attractive space for expanded student activities near the complex, the release said.
“It’s important for students and parents to understand the difference between KSU’s on-campus housing options and the off-campus apartments that are being built around the campus,” said Kennesaw State Vice President for Student Success Jerome Ratchford. “Only KSU students can reside in the university’s on-campus residence halls, which are staffed by KSU personnel. Student-only on-campus living provides one of the unique experiences of college life. There is no substitute for highly motivated students interacting in a safe and supportive environment.”
Privately-funded off-campus housing options include the U-Club on Frey complex, which . The council also recently at the intersection of Cherokee and McCollum.
Kennesaw State Residence Life, however, offers only five on-campus residential communities:
- University Place I: a 700-bed housing apartment complex for upper-class students offering two-bedroom/two-bathroom and four-bedroom/four-bathroom units with full kitchen and washer and dryer.
- University Place II: a new 451-bed apartment complex for upper-class students offering four bedroom units with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living room, washer and dryer, balcony and Wi-Fi connectivity.
- KSU Place: a 550-bed apartment complex for freshmen and upper-class students offering four-bedroom/two-bathroom units with full kitchen and washer and dryer in some units.
- University Village: a 881-bed apartment complex for freshmen, honors students, sophomore and upper-class students. This facility offers two-, three- and four-bedroom units with individual bathrooms, full kitchen and washer and dryer.
- University Village Suites: a 915-bed freshmen-designated, suite-style housing complex offering one-, two- and four-bedroom units with shared bathrooms.
Kennesaw State has been a residential campus for 10 years. In 2009, College Planning & Management magazine recognized KSU’s University Village Suites as a “Project of Distinction” in its Education Design Showcase Awards issue. Also in 2009, Kennesaw State received three of six statewide awards from the Georgia Housing Officers Association in categories recognizing outstanding programs and personnel.