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Cottage living introduced at Southern Adventist University

To combat growing student housing needs, Southern Adventist University has begun plans to develop Southern Mountain Cottages.

Rendering of the Southern Mountain Cottages at Southern Adventist University

On-campus housing looks a little different than the dorms we remember.

Rendering by Dwayne Gardner via Southern Adventist University

Southern Adventist University in nearby Collegedale has unveiled plans to add on-campus housing with a new development — Southern Mountain Cottages.

In response to growing student enrollment numbers, the university has partnered with Wind River Built to construct 26 modular + eco-friendly cottages on the northeast edge of White Oak Mountain (off Colcord Drive). Let’s take a quick peek at what these 600-sqft units — designed to house four students each — will feature.

  • A mixed rustic + modern design
  • Loft-style beds with study areas, a bathroom, a kitchen, a living area + laundry facilities
  • Walkable distance to campus
  • Paved + gated parking area
  • Landscaping like blueberry bushes + flowers
Southern Mountain Cottages Interior with the kitchen and living room area

“Southern is doing something that is so innovative and out of the box that we have been approached by other universities interested in doing similar developments,” — Associate Vice President for Business Operations Justin Moore.

Photo provided by Southern Adventist University

Half of the cottages are anticipated to be open to rising upperclassmen (dependent on meeting certain criteria) for the Fall 2024 semester.

Note: Southern Adventist University will reevaluate the needs of the units in the future with possibilities of opening them up as guest lodging.

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