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Notre Dame Campus as Alternative Living Space

In case you’ve missed the many different flyers, signs, emails, and portal announcements recently, it is about time to apply for housing for the 2014-2015 school year!

You may be seeing an unfamiliar preference on your housing application: the Notre Dame Campus, which will officially open as a residence hall this fall.

Located at 17 Highland Park Street in Roxbury, Emmanuel purchased the Society of St. Margaret’s Convent in 2012, a 1.65-acre property, including four buildings. One of the buildings is the William Lloyd Garrison House, the previous residence of Boston’s most well-known abolitionist, which is considered a National Historical Landmark.

The campus will be able to serve as a residence hall for just thirty-two students and will be geared toward those who demonstrate a desire to engage in community service throughout the academic year. Dubbed a “Living and Learning Community,” the Notre Dame Campus will revolve around spirituality and engagement and will give students an opportunity to live with others who share their interest in a service-based lifestyle.

Associate Director of Residence Life John Byrne says that he feels like the campus is “a version of what many students wish to do after graduation” and that the experience could be “very beneficial.”

Students living on the Notre Dame Campus will be expected to complete four hours of community service each week and Byrne is hoping to put some sort of monthly reflection activity in place for students to discuss their experiences at their various service sites.

Due to the small amount of students that will be housed on the Notre Dame Campus and the spirituality and engagement focus, there is a more intensive application process for this housing option than others. Students should choose the ‘Notre Dame Campus’ on the standard housing application, which will lead them to a separate application. Students will also be required to submit two letters of recommendation.

It’s important to note, that just a mile and a half away from Emmanuel’s main campus, the Residence Life department is hoping for a shuttle to transport students to and from both campuses. Further, things like dining options are still relatively up in the air.

Byrne explained, “the whole year will be a work in progress, but we feel like we’re putting together a good foundation.”

The residence hall has also been newly carpeted and furnished with new furniture that is typical of all Emmanuel housing. Most of the rooms are singles, set up so that two rooms can share a bathroom.

Additional features of the other buildings on the property include a chapel, library, conference center, residence space, dining/kitchen facilities, and meeting and office spaces.

If you think the Notre Dame Campus experience is something you’d be interested in, applications are due Friday, February 28th to Director of Housing, Susan Benzie. Byrne let us know that the decisions will be given by March 7th, so that if students are not chosen to live on the Notre Dame Campus, they will have the ability to apply for housing on the main campus prior to the deadline.

And after staying a night at the Notre Dame campus for the 1804 Society Retreat this past weekend, I have to agree with John Byrne when he says “there is just a sense of serenity when you walk in. It’s a great atmosphere.” The campus is truly beautiful!

Chelsea McDonnell is a staff writer for The Hub. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @chelsea_lynn_

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