by Melanie Takefman
Concordia will accommodate 185 additional students in its residences by
2004 due to the acquisition of the Loyola Jesuit residence and the conversion
of the HB wing of Hingston Hall.
The expansion will relieve
a pressing need for housing at Concordia. Three hundred people are currently
on a waiting list for Hingston Halls 144 beds, according to Laurel
Leduc, of Residence Administration.
The purchase of the Jesuit residence was part of Concordias 10-year
plan presented to the city of Montreal that included the construction
of the Loyola Science Complex and the new John Molson School of Business
The Jesuit residence will accommodate 54 students while the HB block of
Hingston Hall has space for approximately 131 beds, with shared bathrooms.
Since the Jesuit residence already contains living quarters, its
easy to convert for our students, said Martine Lehoux, director
of Facilities Planning and Development.
As for the Communications, Journalism and Mathematics and Statistics Departments
that are currently based in the HB block of Hingston Hall, they will move
to the Sir George Williams campus.
Both the Departments of Journalism
and Communication Studies will move into the Drummond Building and the
Mathematics and Statistics Department will move into parts of the Vanier
Library that will be vacated by the Faculties of Fine Arts and Engineering
and Computer Science.
While Lehoux hopes that the
residence expansion will be completed in time for the beginning of the
fall 2004 semester, nothing is confirmed.
Its a domino effect. Everything is dependent on other projects,
Leduc said that she is excited about the increase in residence space because
it is so difficult for new students to find housing, particularly international
students. In Montreal, housing vacancy is 0.7 per cent.
Twenty spots are presently reserved for international students at Hingston
Hall. The rest are open to first-year students only, on a first-come first-serve
The mix of people makes for a melting pot environment, Leduc
People must learn to deal with each others foibles and the seductive
freedom of living away from their parents for the first time.
Its its own little community. [The residents] look out for
each other, Leduc said.