CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - It's the first day of classes for Coastal Carolina university students, and many students are starting the year in brand new residence halls.
Tradition Hall and Chanticleer Hall are the two brand new buildings open for first-year students. Together, they make up 650 new beds on campus. CINO Hall and Teal Hall are set to open next year, totaling the four buildings to 1,274 beds.
The University has traditional suites and apartments, but the idea behind these new residence halls, was to create a "community," feel, especially since it houses first-year students.
They're different from your average dorm. Tradition Hall has a market, kitchen, and laundry room. Each floor has groups of suites with its own RA, lounge and study room.
From the hallway, you swipe a card to get into the suite, each one has about four to five bedrooms, with two students in each room. Those suite-mates share a bathroom.
The community has more growth on the way.
"The Phase 1 construction crew will still be around finishing up a pavilion area, sand volleyball court, a basketball court with lights and as those things finish up and connect that final walkway onto campus; it's gonna look fantastic, we're excited for it," CCU Director of Student Housing Steve Harrison said.
CCU has 10,053 enrolled, surpassing its goal for this year. These new residence halls help support this growth.
The goal with these new buildings is to keep current students around and give others a reason to become a Chant.
"My hope is that as they come through and they see this building and they see other residence halls what they see is lots of different options that if they want a private room, we have that, if they want shared spaces, we have that," Harrison said.
These halls are especially important because students are required to stay on campus the first two years.
"The concept for us is something that as we see over the next year or two and watch retention numbers, we're hoping will help campus a great deal," he said.
When the second phase of housing is complete next school year, the campus will have more than 4,600 beds.