Kennesaw State, Georgia State dorms among most 'luxurious'

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(WXIA) - Traditionally, dorm rooms are considered to be Spartan accommodations, with a bed, a desk and a cabinet.

More modern dormitory buildings have been showing up on college campuses across the nation, which some critics have likened to mini-hotel. The accommodations in some cases are complete with big-screen or flat screen televisions, private showers and bathrooms, microwave ovens and kitchenette facilities.

At some urban schools, skyline views that private residents pay thousands of dollars for along with private off-street parking are perks that students gain by living in campus housing.

The Fiscal Times looked at dormitory facilities across the nation, and found that Georgia State University's University Commons and Kennesaw State University's University Village Suites - both with primarily freshmen students - made the list of the most luxurious dorms in the US.

Georgia State's University Commons complex (141 Piedmont Avenue, downtown Atlanta), is a more than 4-acre complex of four buildings ranging from eight to 15 stories just off the Downtown Connector. It was constructed in 2007.

Residents live in suites of two to four fully-furnished private bedrooms. The suites have fully equipped kitchens, plus high-speed Ethernet, high-speed voice links and cable television. The complex includes mail delivery, an on-site health clinic, an on-site convenience store and 24-hour security.

And the views? Atlanta's downtown skyline sits just outside the windows.

Kennesaw State's University Village Suites (3805 Canton Place, Kennesaw) is the first traditional "suite style" dormitory on the KSU campus, built in 2008.

Like GSU's University Commons complex, the KSU complex has individual bedrooms for their residents and provide the option to have a private bathroom. Each of the suites has a common area that includes a mini-fridge and microwave. The rooms have internet and cable, and the complex has its own art gallery, restaurant and café, a coffee shop and convenience store.

Both the GSU and KSU complexes primarily house freshmen at the schools.

Here's the full list of the nation's most "luxurious" public university residence hall facilities in no particular order:

  • Penn State University - Eastview Terrace
  • University of Michigan - North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex
  • Georgia State University - University Commons
  • University of Cincinnati - Campus Recreation Center Housing
  • Purdue University - First Street Towers
  • Colorado State University - Academic Village
  • Montclair State University - The Heights
  • Kennesaw State University - University Village Suites
  • Mississippi State University - Hurst Hall
  • East Stroudsburg University - Hemlock Suites