Students enjoy the outdoor living space at the Student Apartment Village.
The Student Apartment Village, located atop the crest of the Hollins campus, is the university’s latest addition to a vibrant and diverse mix of housing options. The village will eventually offer 10 home-style residences, single and double bedrooms along with communal living spaces, kitchens, private bathrooms, washers and dryers, and wrap-around front porches overlooking a shared outdoor space.
Designed to bring more students into the main heart of campus – close to classes, dining options, extracurricular activities, and athletic events – the village is being built incorporating environmentally sustainable practices while complementing the bucolic beauty of a historic campus.
Phase I was completed and opened for students in the fall of 2019, offering four houses and accommodating 40 students. Phase II continued with three more homes for 28 students which opened for students in the fall of 2020, with the final three homes to be added in the near future.
Phase II: Completing the Village
This incredible addition to the Hollins campus experience is thanks entirely to donations and support from alumnae/i and friends of the school. As noted below by the students, the Hollins community is incredibly grateful for these gifts.
Funding is still being secured for the final three homes of Phase II, and naming opportunities are available for interested donors. If you would like to support this bold and forward-thinking approach to supporting the next generation of Hollins students, please contact Vice President of External Relations Suzy Mink ’74.
The Student Perspective
“The Student Apartment Village will bring contemporary housing to the Hollins campus, enhance the already beautiful scenery, and provide a space that embraces both community and nature.”
Epa Cabrera ’20
“Everyone is discussing who will be living in the new student apartment village. It is such an exciting time to be a student at Hollins! Our class is looking forward to being a part of history, as we will be the first class to live there. We are so thankful to the alumnae/i who have helped enrich our living experience at Hollins.”
Monica Osborne ’20
“I am thrilled to see Hollins providing new, modern housing, which will foster a greater sense of community and build upon our beautiful campus. Thank you to all of the generous donors who have made this milestone possible.”
Casey Mahan ’20
There are many opportunities to support the construction of the student apartment village and establish an endowment to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the amenities of apartment-style living for many years to come.
The Suite Life
The new apartment village offers a variety of suite-style living options that are popular with today’s students. The units include single and double bedrooms, communal living spaces, kitchens, private bathrooms, laundry machines, spacious front porches, and shared outdoor areas.
Monica Osborne ’20 shares how the new student apartment village has already helped to cultivate community.
Phase I Complete!
Thanks to the outpouring of support from generous donors, Phase I of the new student apartment village is complete—and students were extremely excited and thankful to have moved in this fall! See below for opportunities to support Phase II, including a $400,000 challenge grant awarded by the Cabell Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.
Here’s a glimpse of the building of Phase I of the Student Apartment Village.
View of Student Apartment Village from above.
Students Excited for Fall 2019 Occupancy
With an aggressive schedule and significant progress being made, Phase I was ready for residential students in fall 2019. Leading up to the housing lottery for the 2019-20 academic year, students were very excited about the possibility of securing a spot in what has quickly become the most desirable housing option on campus. Students moved in before the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.
Support for Phase II
We are pleased to announce that The Cabell Foundation of Richmond, VA has provided a grant of $400,000 to support the Phase II construction of the new student apartment village. The grant required a 3:1 match, and we successfully raised an additional $1.2 M to receive the grant in June 2020.
Williamson Road Apartments
As the student apartment village will replace the Hollins-owned student apartments that are located across Williamson Road near the main entrance to the Hollins campus, the Williamson Road apartments closed in late summer. Hollins is exploring options for redevelopment of the land where the apartments are located that will support the campus as well as the surrounding community and businesses.