SELINSGROVE — College students in Snyder County have some new digs this semester.
Susquehanna University bought a low-income housing complex last year and converted the apartments into student housing.
Once former residents of Pine Meadow Apartments moved out, renovation work started.
Crews have since turned the place around, making it a new home for students who want the feel of living off-campus while technically being on-campus.
Lauralee Bent is back at Susquehanna University for a new semester. Her uncle helped the Georgia native unpack and move into the university’s new 18th Street Commons.
“Awesome, feels like I was here yesterday, not too different, these homes are great,” said Bent.
Bent is one of nearly 300 SU students who will call the apartments home. She said it is nice to have a furnished place considering she has a long way to travel from Georgia.
“It’s harder for me to get sofas, get all that extra stuff. It comes with furniture and all that stuff, that’s why I chose that,” she said.
The apartment buildings are named after cities around the world and students are moving in before classes begin next week. The remaining 2/3 of these apartments will be renovated by the end of this school year.
Senior Katsuhiko Kayama gave a tour of his place at 18th Street Commons. The apartments have all these college kids need including a cleaning service.
“You feel just as if you’re living off campus, you feel a lot of freedom, not really anybody watching you. You have privacy,” said Kayama.
Work is still being done on a common building where students can do laundry. It will be home to campus public safety as well.
Students said they already feel right at home at 18th Street Commons.
“You still get the feel you’re living off campus, not on campus in a dorm room, this is nice, feeling like you’re on your own,” added Bent.
The rest of those nearly 100 apartments at Susquehanna University should be complete by next Summer and will house nearly 300 students.