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Residential Living Presents Proposals for the Future of Housing

Georgetown is committed to creating a more residential, student-centered living and learning campus with at least 90% of students eventually living on campus. As we work toward this long term goal, Residential Living is setting a direction for a stronger and more dynamic residential community. We are seeking student feedback on ideas and proposals related to the five areas below. Specific proposals are in each section below and we invite you to share your feedback on these proposals. We will incorporate feedback into final recommendations in early April.

  1. Policies and their impact on the student living experience
  2. Opportunities to further integrate learning into the residential experience
  3. Priorities for renovating existing facilities and adding new amenities
  4. Explore housing policy changes including student housing guarantees or requirements
  5. Renovation of the former Jesuit Residence in 2015, temporary housing in current facilities in 2015, and the completion of the Northeast Triangle in 2016

1. Student Living Experience and Policies

  • Engage how Georgetown provides attractive opportunities for students to socialize while honoring student concerns related to noise, vandalism, safety, and trash
  • Establish meaningful programming for upperclass students
  • Continue to promote inclusive communities

Proposal: Explore the option of expanding the current “small gathering” policy. This policy currently stipulates that alcohol can be consumed by of-age students at the grills in Village A and Henle Village.

Proposal: Including community development funds in the current housing rates rather than Resident Assistants collecting money upon move-in. (approved for 2014)

2. Integrated Learning with the Residential Experience

  • GUSA’s Student Life report and Associate Provost Randy Bass have both identified Living and Learning Communities as a significant and positive high-impact student experience
  • Increase and enhance the Living and Learning Community program
  • Design additional opportunities for student and faculty engagement in the residential communities

Proposal: Explore opportunities to expand presence and role of Living and Learning Communities including First-Year student LLCs, retreats, and co-hosting events

Proposal:  Expand faculty integration with the student living experience

Proposal: Perform a space audit to repurpose space toward community development and academic engagement

Proposal: Create classes associated with Living and Learning Communities

Proposal:  Provide structure and resources to manage and administer LLCs through both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs

3. Renovations to Current Housing Facilities

  • A key part of Georgetown’s master planning process is taking a long-term look student housing, including new construction and renovations to existing housing
  • Renovate current facilities to offer attractive housing for upperclass students
  • Prototype renovation of Henle 83 shows possibilities for renovation that are financially feasible
  • On March 24th from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Leavey Program Room, we will host a student forum on renovations of Henle Village to further refine recommendations specific to Henle.

Proposal: Engage students to develop priority renovations and additional amenities for current residence halls

Proposal: Move offices out of residential lobbies creating areas for student engagement

4. Housing Policy Considerations
Maximizing residence hall capacity is an institutional priority.  To guide the decision-making, we are:

  • Evaluating the current selection, eligibility, and waitlist processes
  • Exploring potential housing policy changes, including student housing guarantees or requirements

Current housing data:

  • Georgetown housing includes 1,816 apartment beds and 3,237 residence hall beds totalling 5,053 beds on campus
  • All first-year and sophomore students are required to live on campus
  • Approximately ¾ of the Juniors and ¼ to ⅓ of Seniors live on campus
  • Students studying abroad fall semester are not guaranteed housing spring semester
  • Out of the 2182 rising Juniors and Seniors who applied for eligibility last year, 387 rising Seniors were placed on the waitlist
  • Over the past 10 years, all waitlisted students received a housing assignment

Future housing data:

  • Beginning Fall 2015, the University will add 385 beds, bringing total on-campus housing to 5,438 beds.
  • We are examining the merits of a series of options: junior year housing requirement, third-year housing guarantee, third-year housing requirement

Proposal: Solicit feedback from students on policy options to guide an institutional decision on housing guarantees or requirements.

Proposal: Enact policy and programming changes regardless of decision to institute a third-year housing guarantee or requirement.

5. Current and Future Residential Projects

Former Jesuit Residence (2015):

  • Renovations will begin this summer and will continue throughout academic year 2014-2015  for opening Fall 2015
  • 160 students will have the opportunity to reside in the former Jesuit Residence

Status Update: The first student forum on the former Jesuit Residence will be Wednesday, March 5th from 1-2:15 p.m. in the Leavey Program Room. Students and staff are meeting to discuss both renovations and programming for the former Jesuit Residence.

Temporary housing in current facilities (2015):

  • For one academic year (2015-2016), a portion of the Leavey Center hotel will be converted into student residential space and portions of current student facilities will be renovated to increase capacity

Status Update: Renovations have not yet begun. We will engage students on the progress and impact of these renovations.

Northeast Triangle (2016):

  • The Northeast Triangle is an 8-story residence hall, housing approximately 225  students – primarily sophomores – in suite style housing
  • The building will include new outdoor and green space; study space and active floor lounges; and an open first floor with flexible spaces to support student collaboration and social life.
  • Construction will begin in late spring or summer 2014

Status Update: The University is presenting the latest designs to the Old Georgetown Board on March 6. We will continue to work with the campus community on construction and design as the project progresses.

Future Residence Halls:

  • Additional residence halls will help fulfill the long term vision of a more residential campus
  • Possible sites include Kober-Cogan and Harbin patio

Status Update: No updates on other new residential buildings at this time. Planning 203, the next master planning forum, will be in April.

Get involved in the conversation
Student input is essential for developing a student-centered living and learning campus, and we invite all students to share their input and ideas by:

  • responding to this document via the feedback form
  • posting and commenting on the master planning website
  • participating in the student housing survey underway
  • attending one of the upcoming forums
  • connecting with student leaders including GUSA and InterHall
  • sending an email with your ideas to


6 thoughts on “Residential Living Presents Proposals for the Future of Housing

  1. Thanks for these proposals; most look really good! Here’s my comments:

    * For me personally, a third-year housing requirement seems a bit draconian. I pay less and get higher quality housing off-campus than I did in an on-campus apartment. Also, I think we’ll have less issues off-campus with the one-two punch of more lax on-campus party rules and zealous policing near campus.

    * When looking to create upperclassmen housing, please focus on apartments. With the exception of SEAL’s (Seniors Eating at Leo’s), basically no one wants to be stuck in a dorm their last two years.

    * Also, Henle needs a higher-capacity trash disposal system. The chute inevitably overflows almost every weekend.


  2. Seeing that one of the proposals in the consideration of a third-year housing requirement is to “Solicit feedback from students on policy options to guide an institutional decision on housing guarantees or requirements,” I hope ResLife is willing to let that question guide discussions during upcoming forums on master planning.

  3. The ratio of beds in residence halls vs. beds in apartments will continue to diminish as NET and the OJRP come online. It is important to provide the OJRP with features of apartments that upperclassmen appreciate- private kitchens and living spaces and greater independence and privacy.

  4. I definitely think expanding apartment options will be the key factor in attracting upperclassmen to stay on campus, provided that the apartments include private kitchens and adequate living spaces. I would even be supportive of apartments with tiny, individual rooms that share a larger common living area.

    Another idea to attract students to living on campus would be to design these new buildings in a way that intentionally fosters community. The central common rooms in Darnall are a great example of this but there is much more that can be done including LLCs and dorm programming. Furthermore, the residential college system is an interesting option for creating a community that will encourage seniors to invest in on campus living.

  5. As opposed to enforcing a third-year housing requirement, I think a natural and much less controversial solution to address this issue would be to implement a third-year housing guarantee and to disallow sophomores from living in apartments, especially when the JesRes and Northeast Triangle dorms are fully functional. This will provide sophomores with a plethora of other options for sophomore year, and once Henle is renovated, juniors will have a myriad of incentives to stay on campus for an additional year.

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