Student housing boom continues around UofL

The Clubhouse is actually three five-story buildings that will accommodate UofL students.
The Clubhouse will actually be three five-story buildings for UofL students.

More new student housing is going up in neighborhoods adjacent to the University of Louisville, as builders capitalize on UofL’s continuing desire to enhance the campus life experience.

The newest attraction next fall, according to a WDRB-TV report, will be “The Clubhouse,” consisting of three five-story buildings to accommodate up to 758 UofL students. They will include furnished apartments with walk-in closets, granite countertops and amenities like a courtyard pool, movie theater and hammock lounge.

Construction is currently under construction on the north side of Eastern Parkway at Crittenden Drive, across the intersection from Denny’s Restaurant.

Construction of The Retreat is expected for the Fall 2015 semester.
Construction of The Retreat is expected to be completed in time for the Fall 2015 semester.

“The Retreat,” a development consisting of 157 detached cottages, is on the way on the opposite side of the campus on Second Street. The cottages each will be shared by two to six students, and will include amenities like saunas and a resort-style pool.

A number of other privately-funded housing developments are under consideration, so the boom will continue into the foreseeable future.

“We have 30% of the full-time student body living in University and University affiliated housing,” said Shannon Staten, Director, Housing and Residence Life at UofL.

Staten noted that the University plans to replace three older buildings in an area known as The Complex with a new, larger residence hall facility to open in fall 2016. In addition, a new living/learning focused residence hall on the edge of campus will open in fall 2017.

Students enrolled during the fall semester after high-school graduation must reside for two semesters in one of the on-campus residence halls. The number of students living on campus has grown from 1,725 in 1998 to more than 5,000 in 2015.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.