Liberty University students move from the Residential Annex to the Residential Commons II

by Caroline Stimpson, Dec. 11, 2015

Liberty University’s Residential Annex will be shut down January, with students relocating to the Residential Commons II for the spring semester.

The roughly 600 to 700 students who live on the Annex are expected to make the move to the Commons Jan. 25 and Jan. 27 for the C and B Buildings, respectively. The move is in preparation for the closing of the Annex, which Liberty University will repurpose after the students move out.

“First, we have to wait for the Commons to be done,” Alayna Johnson, a Resident Assistant on the Annex, said. “So they need to continue moving in furniture and finishing the building and making all of the finishing touches on that. And then here at the Annex, we’ll have to pack all of our stuff, and then they’re going to have University Assistance to move us next semester.”

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A view of the Annex

According to Johnson, each student will be provided with three boxes for packing, which University Assistance will have transported to the Commons.

The Commons rooms bear some similarities to those on the Annex, such as a personal bathroom, but they are smaller, with common areas and more people on each hall. Students will be provided with microwaves and refrigerators, with a restriction on personal appliances due to wattage control.

Though the details have yet to be confirmed, halls are expected to stay together, minus three halls that are being dissolved. Only eight Resident Assistants will be moving to the Commons as opposed to the Annex’s thirteen, with the remaining Resident Assistants either graduating or being relocated to other parts of campus.

“The halls that are being dissolved will be kind of dispersed on the other four halls,” Johnson said. “But the halls that are currently together, with the RAs who are staying, are going to be together as much as can be done.”

Boys will move to floors one through four, while girls will move to floors five through eight.

Due to the inconvenience of the move, Liberty University is charging students with the Annex price as opposed to the Commons price.

Holly Smith, a sophomore who will be making the move January, admitted that most people on the Annex are looking forward to the location of the Commons, but that they will miss the large, soundproof rooms, the community and the off-campus feel of the Annex.

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A view of the Annex

“Here, everybody pretty much knows each other,” Smith said. “We see the same faces every day. Also, we’re able to go to the Minirot together, travel as a hall, and we also talk to each other on the way to the rooms.”

Students first received official information about the move Dec. 9, about a week before the end of the first semester.

“It’s been very nerve-wracking,” Smith said. “Especially since we don’t know about roommates or what room we’re going to have, where we’ll be, if there’s a room. It’s nice to finally know where we’ll be living and when we’ll be moving.”

During their first week, students will remain in their rooms at the Annex.

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Liberty University students say goodbye to the Residential Annex

by Caroline Stimpson, Dec. 11, 2015

Liberty University plans to shut down the Residential Annex and relocate students to the Residential Commons II for the spring semester.

The move will take place Jan. 25 for the C Building and Jan. 27 for the B Building, with roughly 600 to 700 students making the move.

Though the Annex and the Commons share certain features, such as a personal bathroom, they differ in many ways:

• The Commons provides microwaves and refrigerators; the Annex does not.
• The Commons has common areas for each floor; the Annex does not.
• The Commons is located on-campus; the Annex is located off-campus.
• The Annex has a pool and a private dining hall; the Commons does not.
• The Annex has large, hotel-style rooms; the Commons does not.

According to Holly Smith, a sophomore who will be making the move January, students who live on the Annex are both excited and nervous about the move, as they are looking forward to being on-campus in the Commons, but they will miss the large, soundproof rooms and the off-campus feel of the Annex.

“I think we all pretty much feel the same,” Smith said. “We’re excited for not having to travel thirty minutes every single day, but we’re also upset because we’re going to lose this community vibe.”

Smith explained that the Annex feels like a community due to the fact that the students live together off-campus, with dorms opening to the outside.

“We see the same faces every day,” Smith said. “Also, we’re able to go to the Minirot together, travel as a hall, and we also talk to each other on the way to the rooms.”

Students received official news about the move Dec. 9, roughly one week before the end of the fall semester. They will remain on the Annex during the first week of the spring semester.

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This January/ Liberty University students say goodbye to their old dorms as the Residential Annex is shut down and students moved to the Residential Commons II// According to Resident Assistant Alayna Johnson/ the move will take place in late January// “We currently have information from housing that’s saying that we are going to move January twenty-fifth/ and that’s for C Building/ and then B Building is going to move the twenty-seventh//” This will be roughly one week after the start of the spring semester///

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All pictures and video were obtained by the author.
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