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UNC Aims To Make Campus Living More Attractive To Upperclassmen

Posted December 30, 2003 7:55 a.m. EST

— College dorms and suites are not meeting the needs of today's students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, so administrators have a new plan to study.

UNC student Adrienne Holz just moved in to an off-campus apartment. The senior gave up dorm life because she did not want to share a bathroom anymore.

"This has a full shower. You had to wait your turn and they weren't always as clean as you'd want them to be," Holz said.

Just a small percentage of juniors and seniors live on campus. UNC is hoping to turn that around.

Instead of offering dorms or suites to upperclassmen, the university wants to offer a more mature environment to its most mature students.

"When they get to be 20 or 22 years old, the notion of continuing to share a room or a bathroom with 40 or 50 of their closest friends starts to get a little out of date," said Dr. Dean Bresciani, Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs.

The school now has plans to build on-campus apartments for 1,000 upperclassmen.

Senior Nathan Cox said he would gladly give up his off campus frills.

"It's a lot more expensive and [having] a commute is a bigger problem for me," he said.

It is a plan for privacy many students give passing grades to.

The new $65 million apartments will open in 2007. One complex will be built behind the Craige parking deck. The other will be located behind a high-rise dorm on the South Campus.