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College West Student Housing Appeals with Modern Revamp

College West, one of the original residence buildings at the University of Regina main campus, has been completely renovated and will re-open for occupancy spring and summer 2018. Transformed into modern student living spaces, the renovation marries College West charm with modern upgrades.

Homey and spacious, with lots of storage room, and the perfect range of accommodations from cozy two-bedrooms to two-story, seven-bedroom apartments, College West is sure to become a very coveted place for students to live while they complete their studies.

The design is intended to promote both student interaction and student health. Bright colours abound, and light wells have been strategically placed to ensure lots of natural sunshine. Collaborative and private study spaces are plentiful, and there are plenty of options from which students can choose to do solo or group work.

But as any student can tell you, a large part of university life is the social aspect. 

College West Kitchen

College West, one of the original residence buildings at the University of Regina main campus, has been completely renovated and will re-open for occupancy spring and summer 2018. Transformed into modern student living spaces, the renovation marries College West charm with modern upgrades.

Homey and spacious, with lots of storage room, and the perfect range of accommodations from cozy two-bedrooms to two-story, seven-bedroom apartments, College West is sure to become a very coveted place for students to live while they complete their studies.

The design is intended to promote both student interaction and student health. Bright colours abound, and light wells have been strategically placed to ensure lots of natural sunshine. Collaborative and private study spaces are plentiful, and there are plenty of options from which students can choose to do solo or group work.

But as any student can tell you, a large part of university life is the social aspect.  

“The amenity spaces are phenomenal,” says Ben Slowski, Manager of Housing Services, referring in particular to the community kitchen that connects to a multi-use room. “Students tell us they love spending time together, creating and sharing meals. Now they have upgraded, spacious, and contemporary spaces to do so.” The theatre room will be a popular place to gather, with comfortable seating, and the laundry room is open concept so that even chores are done in an upgraded and welcoming space.

Stairway

While the shared spaces are amazing, every student is going to be interested above all with what will be their own home. “The finishes are beautiful. Open riser staircases, quartz counter-tops, and fully furnished suites are sure to appeal to discerning students,” explains Ben. “The private spaces needed to be top notch so that students have somewhere fantastic to go. The team has really created beautiful homes for students to live and learn.”

Ben explains the concept of Living-Learning Communities (LLC’s), which are organized by academic or interest based markers, meaning that like-minded students live together on particular floors and participate in programming designed specifically for their community. With 274 spaces for students available on a first-come, first-served availability, these living-learning communities are sure to be a draw. “We know our residents have many shared interests and areas of study” Ben says. “LLCs create a common ground for them to get to know and support each other.”  The benefits of surrounding yourself with like-minded people from diverse backgrounds also facilitates great friendships, which is an important part of living on campus.

Student Amna Choudhry recalls College West prior to the renovations and remembers an outdated residence space that nonetheless promoted a great sense of comradery amongst its occupants. “College West is a great place to build connections with your peers, because the layout is so conducive to that,” she says.  “But I’m really looking forward to seeing the renovation as an upgrade was definitely necessary.”

(Article included in AlumniConnect enwsletter Janaury 2018.)