IU Residence Hall Latest In 2020 Housing Improvement Plan

Rose Avenue Residence Hall is IU-Bloomington’s latest plan to renovate student housing by 2020.

  • Students moving in

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    Students move into Rose Avenue Residence Hall on Wednesday.

  • McRobbie greeting students

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    IU President Michael McRobbie greets new students and their families at IU's newest resident hall, Rose Avenue.

  • Parents dropping off students

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    Thousands of new freshmen moved into student housing this week. This year's freshman class is the biggest its ever been with more than 7,600 students.

  • IU's newest dorm building

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    Rose Avenue Resident Hall is the newest student housing building on campus. Its features include music practice rooms, solar panels for electricity, kitchenettes on every floor and a basketball court outside.

The Rose Avenue Residence Hall welcomed its first inhabitants Wednesday—a diverse group of new and returning students who were drawn to the $38 million dorm’s contemporary style.

The building includes practice rooms for music students, a coffee shop in the dorm’s lobby, kitchenettes on each floor and a variety of room styles.

Bloomington native and IU Freshman Rachel Thickstun chose to live in Rose Avenue over other dorms that are more conveniently located because it offered everything she was looking for in a place to live.

“It’s super eco friendly and had all the little extras,” Thickstun says.

In the past several years, IU has upgraded many of its residence halls, in addition to building new ones. University officials plan to continue those improvements until all the residence halls are either renovated or replaced by new buildings.

IU President Michael McRobbie stopped by Rose Avenue to meet with its new residents. He says the residence hall is a great example of what student housing at IU is going to look like as the project continues.

“This project will be completed by the [Indiana University] bicentennial in 2020 and then we will have decent quality student accommodations for 11,000 plus students on the Bloomington campus,” McRobbie says.

IU officials expect nearly 12,000 students to live on-campus this year—up from 11,000 last year. The freshman class is also the biggest on record at more than 7,600 students.

Claire McInerny

Claire McInerny is a reporter/producer for WFIU/WTIU news. She comes to WFIU/WTIU from KCUR in Kansas City. She graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas where she discovered her passion for public media and the stories it tells. You can follow her on Twitter @ClaireMcInerny.

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