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Spring 2008

All the Comforts of Home

Residential Living Takes On A New Meaning

Gina Caldwell
Associate Editor

Upscale aparment living Upscale apartment living

A swimming pool, home theater, game room, and private bathrooms – if these amenities don’t seem to fit the standard list of offerings for campus residential living, think again.

These are just some of the benefits that nearly 1,000 Longwood students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) are enjoying as residents of three university-managed apartment complexes – Longwood Landings, Longwood Village, and Lancer Park.

By providing our upper division students with the opportunity to live in university-managed apartments, we are giving them the opportunity to adjust to the realities of cooking, cleaning, confronting neighbors, and balancing a budget in a community with trained professional and student staff members to help them along the way," said Larry Robertson, executive director of residential and commuter life. "In my opinion, this is an effective and creative way to provide our students with more fashionable and exciting living experiences without losing respect for Longwood’s history and mission."

 

Longwood Landings

Bookstore Longwood's Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Longwood Landings, the newest of the three communities, opened in August 2006 and is located within walking distance of campus. The residential village includes four, four-story buildings (with elevators) with the top three floors dedicated to student housing and the ground floor devoted to leased retail space. The complex is centrally located to shops, restaurants, and Longwood’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore and includes a 4,000 square-foot recreation lounge. Longwood students occupy 96 four-bedroom and 24 single-bedroom apartments. Each apartment includes a washer / dryer, deluxe furnishings with full-size beds, dishwasher, garbage disposal, high-speed Internet, cable television, and individually locked bedrooms.


Longwood Village

Longwood Village Longwood Village

Longwood Village is located two miles south of campus and offers a variety of amenities including a movie theater, fitness center, swimming pool, hot tub, game room, and computer / study room. Longwood juniors and seniors who live at Longwood Village enjoy private bedrooms and baths in each three-bedroom apartment along with complete furnishings, dishwashers, washers / dryers, and high-speed Internet connection. A free shuttle service is available to transport students to and from the Longwood campus.


Lancer Park

Lancer Park Lancer Park

Lancer Park offers two- and four-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom townhomes. Located within walking distance of campus, the complex includes a new clubhouse with an exercise room and game room, a pavilion with picnic tables and grills, and lighted volleyball and basketball courts. The units are fully furnished and include washer / dryer, Ethernet connection in each bedroom, and cable television.

Longwood is also in the process of renovating several of its traditional residence halls in order to provide the latest amenities and services for those students who want to remain on campus. Wheeler Hall, a residence hall that opened in 1960, reopened in fall 2007 following a complete renovation and now features elevators, air conditioning, bathrooms with ceramic tile and new fixtures, contemporary study rooms with modern amenities, and a common area with an outside terrace. Cox Hall is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen in fall 2008.