Newest Residence Hall Gets Rave Reviews
Publication Date: 11/8/2012
One of the great things about Rhodes is the number of students who live on campus. The residential environment creates a real community among classmates. This year, around 150 students have the chance to live in West Village, joining contemporary housing inside with the building’s collegiate Gothic exterior.
“There has been a lot of excitement around this building since it opened,” says Director of Residential Life Marianne Luther. “Everyone is enjoying the new space, especially since this is a totally new type of housing for Rhodes to offer.”
Mary Reed ’14 is one of the residents of West Village, and lives with five of her friends in a room with six singles. Like the other rooms, Reed’s has a spacious common area, and new features like bathroom cabinets and multiple sinks. Reed says she has already taken advantage of the large kitchen downstairs, and is enjoying the fact that there are laundry facilities on each floor, a feature totally unique to West Village.
“I have heard people say it reminds them of a hotel,” says Reed. “The central location is great, and I love having six people to a room because you can always find someone to study and eat with. Having a building like this makes me a lot more inclined to live on campus. You get to have the apartment feeling while still having the safety of living on campus.”
The 52,000-square-foot building houses upper classment in 6 and 8 person apartment-style suites. Nearly 63% of the building is occupied by sophomores, with the rest being juniors and seniors.
West Village, along with Catherine Burrow Refectory, Moore Moore Health Center and Glassell residence hall create a new grassy quad, which students have already utilized for recreational and organizational purposes. At the beginning of the semester, the Junior Class Council hosted its Welcome Back BBQ on the lawn along with a “Screen on the Green” movie night sponsored by Residence Life.
“I think that having this dorm is going to mean good things for Admissions in the future,” says Reed. “It really creates an ideal living situation and one that a lot of students have been missing.”