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In the past several weeks Emmanuel announced it was evaluating its future off campus housing needs at CityView Apartments, located in Mission Hill. Emmanuel has now confirmed the school has entered into an agreement with the Fenway Triangle Trilogy building, located on Brookline Avenue, for the Fall 2015 semester.
Beginning this fall, Emmanuel’s apartment offerings will include twenty one two-bedroom units at CityView as well as four two-bedroom units at Trilogy.
“Emmanuel College’s Department of Residence Life and Housing strives for continuous improvement. It seemed to the professional staff in Residence Life and Housing that students would appreciate an off-campus option in the Fenway neighborhood,” said John Byrne, Associate Director of ResLife and Housing .
Although Trilogy is a newer facility than CityView, the unit sizes are comparable and the Trilogy units will be furnished identically as the CityView units are. The amenities are generally similar in both apartment buildings with the exception of lounges in Trilogy.
Emmanuel will incur some cost moving the furniture from CityView to Trilogy, but for the upcoming semester, the same rates will apply for CityView and the Trilogy apartments. The CityView rate already advertised for next year will be $6221 per person per semester plus optional meal plan – either 5 meals/week at $533 per semester, 8 meals/week at $840 per semester, or 15 meals/week at $1415 per semester.
As for when the anticipated move will be complete Byrne says “We are in the process of working with the management of CityView – with whom we have had a strong relationship since the fall 2011 semester – and with the Trilogy management to finalize those arrangements.”
How are students reacting to the possibility of moving out of CityView apartments and onto bigger and better things?
Colleen Donovan ’16, a resident of CityView for the 2014-2015 academic year had this to say, “Living at city view definitely had its ups and mostly downs. My roommates and I had gotten bed bugs and it took almost two months for them to be fully gone. It was a really frustrating first semester, and the disconnect in communication between the city view staff, Emmanuel, and my roommates and I didn’t help. However, there have been students who have lived here for two years and never had any bug issues. So I guess it’s a luck of the draw kinda thing.”
Despite Donovan’s unfortunate bed bug situation she feels the transition to Trilogy Apartments is beneficial. “I think it’s important to allow places for kids to live if they can’t handle monthly rents but don’t want to be coddled in a dorm. I don’t know much about the new off campus apartments, but all I do know is it’s a step in the right direction because CityView has a lot of work to do on their own before I would ever recommend a student to live here. So, kudos to Emmanuel for finding a new, and better option.”
Kyla Burke is a staff writer and editor of The Week’s End. Follow her on Twitter at @kkb_ .