Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Record Update First

UM-Flint residence hall reaches capacity; hotel housing students too

One year after opening, UM-Flint’s First Street Residence Hall has again filled all 300 beds, according to housing officials.

Patrick Silvex of Washington D.C.(center) begins the process of moving into his residence hall at UM-Flint. (Photo by Mel Serow, U-M Flint)

Returning students moved in Tuesday and new students came Wednesday. The residence hall is the first student housing to be built on the Flint campus. It helped attract students from across the country and dramatically increased the number of international students.

Last year UM-Flint had a record high enrollment of almost 7,300 undergraduate and graduate students. More than 100 current students, faculty, and staff volunteered to help the new arrivals.

The move-in on the Flint campus coincides with one at the new Riverfront Residence Hall. The former Hyatt Regency Hotel has been transformed into student housing and is accepting students from all Flint colleges.

The first phase of the Riverfront project will provide 243 beds, and eventually a total of 550 will be created in the 16-story facility. The nonprofit Uptown Reinvestment Corp. bought the building earlier this year with a loan from the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation.

In January 2010 another housing project currently under construction is expected to open with 93 apartments. The old Durant Hotel is undergoing a $30-million renovation by a private developer.