When University Courtyards apartments opens its doors in August, student housing at UNCP will never be the same.
Located across University Drive from campus, University Courtyards will offer 98 apartments to 334 students. The apartments offer attractive features like:
- Fully furnished with two and four bedroom options
- Dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer
- Phone, cable TV and Internet connections
- Monitored intrusion security system with card-entry, panic button in bedrooms and on-site security
- Fire sprinkler system in every room
- Outdoor pool, volleyball and basketball courts and barbecue grills
- Clubhouse with a computer lab, game room and fitness center
"This is the future of student housing - study hard, live easy," says Craig Kennedy, property manager for the Ambling Company. "This is not just a place to live - we serve the total student.
Ambling, which operates 19 other student apartment complexes across the nation, began site preparation in November 2000, and construction has proceeded smoothly toward an August opening date, Mr. Kennedy said.
The idea to bring private housing to the university was initiated more than two years ago by Chancellor Allen C. Meadors.
"Today's students have diverse housing needs," Chancellor Meadors said. "In University Courtyards, we have a solid company which will offer our students a first class off-campus residential experience."
If early indicators are on target for UNCP's surging enrollment, the additional housing space will be welcome at a growing university this fall.
"We are planning for our second consecutive record freshman class and a record number of transfer students," he said. "A mix of public and private housing will meet demands for student housing now and in the future when enrollment is considerably larger."
For Ambling's part, the company is pleased with the initial response from students.
"Interest has been high," Mr. Kennedy said. "We are working hard to plan an exciting opening."
University Courtyards is planning a "Splash Bash" to coincide with the opening of the new Track and Soccer Complex, also on University Road.
"It is a bit of luck that both facilities on this side of University Drive will open at the same time," Mr. Kennedy said. "I get a great feeling for the future of UNC Pembroke."
At $355 per person for four bedroom apartments and $440 per person for two bedroom apartments, the rent is affordable, Mr. Kennedy said. All utilities - electric, water, sewer, phone, cable and high-speed Internet connections are included - are included.
"When we sit down and crunch the numbers, the price is quite reasonable," he said.
University officials are understandably enthusiastic about the new student housing opportunity.
"It's exciting," said Admissions Director Jackie Clark. "It gives a new definition to the term commuter student."
Ms. Clark and others believe that University Courtyards gives students more housing options and may bolster student satisfaction. It also makes a positive statement about the direction the university is headed.
"It is tangible evidence of a growing, successful university," she said.
Visit University Courtyards on-line at www.universitycourtyard.com