By Johanne Adam
The University is adding an innovative new residence to its housing roster that is geared to the preferences of upper-year students.
The design of the new building, at 45 Mann, was based on results of a recent survey conducted to gather feedback from students in second year and above living off campus and, in particular, to get information on their accommodation preferences in terms of type and location.
Approximately 385 students will call the new residence home as of September 2016. The new residents will have all the benefits of living in a University-managed residence in addition to the lifestyle afforded by living off campus.
The fully furnished units will offer from one to four bedrooms, so students can choose to live on their own or with other students. The units will feature a private bathroom for each bedroom as well as stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, washer and dryer. The building will also offer a state-of-the-art fitness room, shared study spaces, a computer lounge, a games room and bike storage.
“The level of service will be different from what we typically find in residences,” says Michel Guilbeault, director of Housing Service. “Students at this stage in their studies are more independent and don’t require the same support services, oversight and so on. For example, we won’t need a residence community advisor for each floor. Students will, however, still have full access to the mentoring service and any of the professional services they may need.”
This innovative joint partnership with the private sector will give students a lifestyle better suited to their situation.
“We’re always looking for ways to meet our students’ needs,” says Guilbeault. “This means that we’re open to creating partnerships with the community and the private sector in order to create additional residence spaces close to the campus.”
The Mann residence is the fourth uOttawa residence project to get under way in the past 24 months. With the completion of this residence, the University will have increased the number of residence spaces by approximately 47% (from 2,985 to 4,398 places) in just two years and will be better placed to meet the accommodation needs of its upper-year students.