New Campus Residence Halls Welcome Students Home

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The fall 2021 school year ushered in the completion and opening of suite-style residence halls Loggerhead Hall and Terrapin Hall, new housing for freshmen and sophomores. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Aug. 16. Sandpiper Hall and Pelican Hall, pod-style residence halls for first-year students, opened in the fall of 2021. The residence halls replace the former University Apartments, which were demolished after sustaining insurmountable damage from 2018’s Hurricane Florence.
The idea for the new units, as well as their unique names, was developed under the leadership of the late Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Pat Leonard and supported by campus leadership. The goal was to build a new residential quad not only to provide rooms for students, but to build on the first-year experience that makes the collegiate experience special.
“By adding modern spaces for incoming first- and second-year students, we are creating a two-year, residential experience like no other,” said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “These buildings may be new, but the Seahawk spirit that has inspired generations of students is very much a part of this place.”
Students enjoy numerous benefits when they live on campus. The Student Housing Village offers more than 430,000 square feet of space, including a success center where students can find academic, advising and career assistance; two classrooms and two makerspaces; dining venues on a vibrant market-like street and a connecting path that guides students to Chancellor’s Walk and the academic heart of campus.
-- Caroline Cropp

Aerial image of new residence halls

An aerial image of the new Student Housing Village and connecting greenspace.