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Student Lodging gives students more independence, less driving

Shenks Hall is one of two residence halls that Student Lodging owns.  While the building is technically off of campus property, Shenks has all the same rules as the campus dormitories, but with a quieter environment for living.  Suites at Shenks can accomodate two to four students comfortably.  IMAGE COURTESY STUDENT LODGING, INC.
Shenks Hall is one of two residence halls that Student Lodging owns. While the building is technically off of campus property, Shenks has all the same rules as the campus dormitories, but with a quieter environment for living. Suites at Shenks can accomodate two to four students comfortably. IMAGE COURTESY STUDENT LODGING, INC.
As we approach that time of year where most of us have to think about where we are going to live next year, the dormitories do not limit the multiple possibilities that the Millersville’s Student Lodging Inc. (off campus housing) has to offer.

There are four main places of residence one can look into for the 2010/2011 school year. These options are, but not limited to Brookwood Court Apartments, Healthy Living Apartments, Shenks Hall, and Reighard Hall.

Everyone is looking for something different when it comes to living at school, and different people require different amenities. These different housing options will help you decide what suits you best and hopefully will help you see why it might be good for you to get out of the dormitory and into a different environment.

Brookwood Court Apartments and the Healthy Living Apartments (referred to most as Wellness) are two housing options that allow students to branch off and grow and accept responsibilities for paying monthly rent and utility bills. Shenks and Reighard Hall are more along the lines of dormitory style living with the exception of a 24-hour quiet policy. The main reason why most students choose to live in one of these four off-campus residences is for the privacy, quietness, and the security cameras that surround the properties to ensure proper safety.

Brookwood Court Apartments are located five minutes off campus. These apartments have two options: A three bedroom and a two bedroom. These two types of apartments also have a living room combined with a dining room and a kitchen.

The apartments all come equipped with gas heating and hot water, air conditioning, a refrigerator, stoves, and a garbage disposal. There is a common laundry area for all Brookwood residences, as a washer and dryer are not in the unit. All of these amenities are great to have and help to increase privacy.

Healthy Living apartments (Wellness) are located just off campus. The apartments are large enough to have four to five bedrooms while each bedroom allows for one student. Each apartment contains one full bath per two students, a kitchen, and a living room. Wellness provides the student with everything one could imagine.

The student gets access to their own washer and dryer, refrigerator, stove, sink with garbage disposal, microwave, and dishwasher. Also, every apartment has their own semi-enclosed porch and the students who do live here have a 24 hour emergency service available. There is no sharing of common laundry areas or bathrooms, which makes Wellness the most private of all the living quarters.

Shenks Hall, which is located just off campus next to Wellness and Reighard Hall, has three different housing options. There are two main differences between the options; two options accommodate four students, and the other style of accommodates just two students. Each room here allows one bathroom per two students and is
provided to the student as fully furnished. The larger rooms that accommodate four students have a living room combined with a dining room.

The Healthy Living apartments offer 12-month leases to students intersted in living close to campus, but not in a dormitory environment.  Apartments at Healthy Living have four or five bedrooms, allowing students to live comfortably while getting their education.  IMAGE COURTESY STUDENT LODGING, INC.
The Healthy Living apartments offer 12-month leases to students intersted in living close to campus, but not in a dormitory environment. Apartments at Healthy Living have four or five bedrooms, allowing students to live comfortably while getting their education. IMAGE COURTESY STUDENT LODGING, INC.

One downside to these apartments is that they do not come with a kitchen. The students here are provided with free cable television along with free local calls and internet access.

Shenks seems to be more focused toward allowing the students to be more socially occupied as they have community study lounges and television lounges. There is a community laundry area and each apartment is provided with a mailbox.

Reighard Hall is located in between Shenks Hall and Wellness, and directly behind the Student Memorial Center. Each room houses two students and has just a living area and a bathroom. All the units in Reighard come completely furnished with free cable television and a TV, a mini-fridge, and a microwave. Each student is provided with free internet access and free local calling, and mailboxes which are assigned on a per-room basis. Each student who lives here has access to the study lounges and television lounge.

There is no housing option that is better than the others. Each option offers something a little different than the next, and it comes down to personal preference. This cornucopia of housing allows for the students to live at school the way they prefer and can change to a different housing option, in some cases, from semester to semester.