Spacious Rooms with a View

Melissa Brown begins settling in at the University's new residence hall, as Nicole Chatigny carries some of her belongings past the restored Modern Theatre facade.

9/8/2010

The University’s newest residence hall opened to rave reviews, as nearly 200 students moved into a building that rises 10 stories above Suffolk's Modern Theatre in downtown Boston.

"Oh my gosh. Look at this view,” said Madeline Casey, one of the many freshmen who moved in to the new residence hall at the Modern Theatre over Labor Day Weekend. “This is amazing.”

The 197-bed residence hall is the first portion of the Modern Theatre project to open. The University also has restored the facade of the historic theater and will open a state-of-the-art, 184-seat, jewel box theater in the building later this fall.

Students marveled at the spacious suite-style rooms, the flat-screen TVs in the common rooms, and the location in downtown Boston.

"I came here for the music scene because I want to be a music journalist. I'm really excited to be right in the middle of all these theaters,” said Rachel Allen, a freshman.

Said Neal Fraser, a sophomore transfer student: "There is so much room, especially coming from my last school's dorms, which were like a tiny box compared to this. I can see the buildings of the Boston skyline. It really is a pretty view."

Students access the new residence hall – the University’s fourth – through the entrance to the adjoining 10 West Street residence hall. In all, nearly 470 students will live in the two buildings.

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