Students are lining up to  become the first residents of LightHouse Commons, Edison State College’s new on-campus, 164,000-square-foot residence hall for students scheduled to open in August 2012. The new 400-unit facility, currently under construction on the west side of campus, offers students the full “college experience” with the benefits of living on a collegiate campus. The residence hall will feature spacious living quarters with two floor plan options to include a two-bedroom, two-bath floor plan and a four-bedroom, two-bath floor. Modeled after apartment-style housing, the units feature private bedrooms, full kitchens with quality cabinets and fixtures, washers and dryers in each unit and stylish furniture. Meal plans will be available also in combination with leases.

Freshman Ashley King, 18, is the first official student to apply and to be accepted into LightHouse Commons. The North Fort Myers, Fla. resident is studying biology and hopes to become a veterinarian.

“I want to become more involved in sports, student government and all the activities that Edison State College has to offer its students,” says King. “Right now, I have an hour commute every day. Living on campus will allow me to fit more courses into my schedule while also getting to experience the full college-life atmosphere that I always envisioned for myself.”

Residents of LightHouse Commons will enjoy an on-site recreation room, fitness center, mail center, two-story lobby and sitting area, conference room, computer lab and study room on each floor, and a private parking lot with parking available for each resident. The residence hall will also provide secure access to students living in the facility with key card access and a security officer in the lobby 24/7. A full-time Edison State College staff member will live in the facility, as well as eight resident advisers (RAs) to provide service to the students as needed.  Residents of the new hall also will have access to a campus volleyball court and basketball court.

“The amenities are amazing and the rooms are more like apartments than dormitories,” says King. “The price is very reasonable considering all that is offered. I’ll have my own kitchen and even my own washer and dryer. I’m looking forward to living at LightHouse Commons.”

Edison State College conducted research with students enrolled in the college to assess the demand for on-site student housing. Key points of the data presented in September 2010 revealed that most students would consider living on campus, pending the affordability of the housing. Many students desired a shorter commute to campus, and they expressed difficulties in finding apartments near campus due to a high volume of seasonal residents competing for occupancy.

In addition to participating in the research study, students contributed to the interior design process by providing input on color selection, as well as the name.

“Lighthouse Commons is modern and sophisticated, and unlike any other college dormitories I’ve seen,” says Sean Howard, a student at Edison State College in his sophomore year. “With full-size beds, a front-load washing machine and a community fitness center, it feels more like apartment-living than a traditional dorm. While the name reflects the tradition of our campus community, the colors, style and design are quite contemporary.  It’s exciting, and LightHouse Commons is sure to attract new students to Edison State College.”

The 400-bed facility is available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a space students need to put down a $100 reservation fee, which will be applied to their first payment. According to Amy Teprovich, Ed.D., director of student life, fall 2011 enrollment is projected to be approximately 12,000 students, with 64 percent between the ages of 18-24 years old.

“The increased enrollment of younger students, coupled with the competitive pricing, amenity-rich residences and increased ‘campus life’ activities strategically positions the project for success,” says Teprovich.

Parents and students can find out more information about LightHouse Commons at Edison State College and reserve space for fall by visiting the Student Life office on the Lee Campus or by calling 239-489-9316. Learn more about Edison State College by visiting http://housing.edison.edu.