Some students at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus will be able to wake up and walk to class this academic year, now that a cottage development targeted to students has opened up off of Thurmon Tanner Parkway.
University Commons’ first residents are moving in Saturday. The neighborhood will have 18 cottages, each with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Developer Bill Stark said there is a need for UNG student housing in Oakwood.
“(There is) walkability to this campus, and we’ve always known there’s been a parking issue at the campus. … It just seemed like it would be natural to do something that would benefit the school,” Stark said.
The homes will rent for $1,650 a month, or $550 per roommate. Stark said residents are encouraged to get a group of roommates together, but property management can also help them find someone. The neighborhood will be managed by The Simpson Co.
University Commons, located at 2988 Frontage Road, is across from the Thurmon Tanner Parkway entrance to UNG, next to the Hayes Chrysler car dealership. It is part of a boom in housing in Oakwood targeted toward UNG students.
In February, the Oakwood City Council approved a 488-bedroom complex, with 122 four-bedroom “pods” in four five-story buildings. The development will be off Atlanta Highway, near Lanier College and Career Academy.
Stark said University Commons will likely continue to contribute to that growth, and there are plans for a second phase that could have five more homes. Stark said his company, Bill Stark Properties, is also interested in doing more work in Oakwood near UNG.