239 students can now live on-campus at Shoreline Community College

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

7000 Campus Living residence hall
at Shoreline Community College
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Shoreline Community College to celebrate the opening of 7000 Campus Living, the on-campus residence hall.

Cutting the ribbon are (from left) Gabriel Grant, Principal Spectrum Development Solutions; Senator David Frockt 46th District; SCC President Cheryl Roberts; Dr. Douglass Jackson, Vice Chair Shoreline CC Board of Trustees. Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A large number of Shoreline Schools' graduates attend Shoreline Community College and many live at home but the college also draws students from all over Washington, as well as many countries around the world.

Officially open!
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Finding places to live for students has been a challenge, so a residence hall was a high priority.

The residence hall features on-site laundry, a communal kitchen, study space, event space, a courtyard, and five floors of furnished apartments with full-sized kitchens. The apartments come as 4 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and studio units.

The PUB, with all its services, is right across the street
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Aside from its convenient location next door to the student union (PUB) building, on-campus living provides a whole host of benefits, including a richer college experience, built-in community, and a higher graduation rate.

“It’s kind of the safe space between being away from home for the first time and really living on your own,” said Sundi Musnicki, Director of Student Leadership and Residential Life. 
“You can be in a welcoming, supportive community while learning how to adult. That in turn helps students feel more engaged and empowered both academically and personally.”

Dr. Jackson stands in a hallway
at the residence hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson 
Resident Advisors (RAs), who live on-site, will oversee activities programming - game and movie nights, trips to Seattle attractions - to help residents connect with fellow students.

Built-in programming will also nurture students’ development, Musnicki said. 
“We’re exploring programming for the residence community that’s aimed at bolstering success like tutoring, leadership development opportunities, and more. Our hope is to really provide wrap–around support for students so they can reach their version of success.”

Though residence life is a new venture for the College, it has already received a wealth of support from the larger campus community.

“What’s been super great is the number of campus offices that have reached out to Residence Life about how they might integrate into our programming,” said Musnicki. 
“From faculty members offering to lead cooking sessions in the community kitchen to International Education exploring cultural sharing opportunities, it’s been really fun to see the enthusiasm and think about the possibilities.”

Sen. David Frockt D-46 helped secure state funding
for new buildings on campus
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Campus living offers another benefit to students: access to resources.

 “When you live on campus, everything you need for success is right outside your front door,” said Musnicki. “We can’t make it any easier to ask for and receive help, to get to class, to succeed. Living on campus eliminates 90% of barriers — you really just need to walk outside.”

Many rooms have a view of the campus greenery,
like this studio apartment.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The building achieved a Silver LEED rating for its energy and environmental design.

It is currently at 92% occupancy, which includes apartments for five formerly homeless students provided by private fundraising.

There are still a few spots available. Learn more on the leasing website. The only requirement is that residents must be full-time students at the college.

Fall quarter classes began on September 25, 2019. Learn about programs here.


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