Wayne State University Housing and Residential Life has big plans for the next few years. With the ever increasing number of students looking to live on campus, housing is undergoing an expansion. The new plan will bring some much needed accommodations to campus.
The new Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments and renovated Chatsworth Tower will provide living space for approximately 1,000 students. Construction will take place in three phases, beginning in May 2017 and ending in the fall of 2020.
Phase one will start in May 2017 and end in the fall of 2018 with the opening of the 11-story tower of the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments. Phase two will also begin in May 2017 and end in the fall of 2019 with the opening of the rest of the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments. Phase three will begin in May 2019 with the demolition of the Helen L. DeRoy Apartments and end in the fall of 2020 with the opening of the renovated Chatsworth Tower.
The Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments and renovated Chatsworth Tower are the next step in fostering student learning and success by creating more places for students to engage in an intentional living-learning community. At the completion of this project in fall of 2020, students will have a modern, yet comfortable, setting to grow in self-awareness and cross-cultural understanding.
The new and renovated buildings will boast spacious lounge areas, additional green space, homey living spaces, retail shops, and so much more. Each new area has been designed to enhance the student experience. These new communities will be a place for residents to practice social and group development as members of a diverse group of Wayne State learners.
The New Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments
- The Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments will have efficiency (studio), one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and four-bedroom units.
- The new apartments will be furnished units, including a full kitchen, common space, and individual bedrooms with full-size beds.
- Each floor will have multiple lounge areas, including study space, hangout areas, game rooms, and even a dance studio.
- There will be two large community rooms on the first floor.
- The first floor will be home to retail space. More to come as vendors are secured.
- There will be three courtyard areas. One will be open and the other two will be fenced in.
- The new Campus Health Center will be located on the first floor.
Why is campus adding more housing and building the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments?
A market-demand study was completed with independent consultants to evaluate the housing needs of Wayne State students. Information was gathered from current students, admissions data, Midtown housing, and nation trends to evaluate WSU’s housing program. Through the study it became clear that Wayne State needed additional housing capacity with more variety in our housing options.
When will construction begin on the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments?
Construction began in May 2017 with the groundbreaking ceremony starting the two-phase project.
When will Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments open?
The first phase will open in August 2018. The first phase is the center 11-story building with room for nearly 400 residents. The second phase will open in June 2019. The second phase are the two wings north and south of the central tower that are 6 stories and the 8 stories that add room for an additional 400 residents.
What type of apartments are in Anthony Wayne Drive?
There are studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and four-bedroom units available in the new Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments. All bedrooms are single occupancy. Residents will be assigned to a bedroom within a unit similar to how the furnished apartments are assigned in the Helen DeRoy Apartments.
Are the apartments in Anthony Wayne Drive furnished?
Yes, they are fully furnished. Each bedroom will have a full-size bed, dresser, desk, and wardrobe. The living room will have soft seating, a coffee table and a TV table. The kitchen includes a dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and stove with oven.
Are there private bathrooms?
Yes, each apartment unit has a private bathroom shared by the occupants. The four-bedroom units have two bathrooms in the unit.
How long is a license agreement for in Anthony Wayne Drive?
There will be 9-month and 12-month license agreements available that are designed to fit your unique academic career needs.
What is the cost of living in Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments?
Campus housing continues to be one of the most affordable housing options for WSU students in Midtown. The new Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments will range from $1100-$1500 per person/per month depending on the unit type. Rent includes heat, air conditioning, water, electric, video streaming, and internet connections.
Who can live in Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments?
All second-year freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are welcome to live in the apartments. All residents of the apartments must be enrolled full-time Wayne State University students.
Can I pick my own roommate(s) in Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments?
Yes, you can room with other Wayne State students of your choice. If you do not select roommate(s), they will be assigned to you.
Why should I live in the new Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments instead of off-campus places?
The new Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments (AWD) are steps away from classes, the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center, the Student Center, athletic events and other campus life events! The AWD apartments have live-in staff and are close to campus resources that support your success as a student at Wayne State in a state-of-the-art apartment building Your monthly rent payment includes everything you’ll need including utilities, video streaming and internet. To request more information about this and other buildings, join our mailing list.
Will the new buildings be connected to Parking Structure 2?
The new apartment buildings will not be connected to Parking Structure 2 (PS2). PS2 will not be included in the project, but traffic has been redirected during construction. PS2 will remain a 24/7 facility with space reserved for campus residents.
Will Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments require a meal plan?
A meal plan will not be required while living in the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments. Voluntary meal plans and Warrior Dollar plans are available for purchase at dining.wayne.edu.
Will Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments have a Dining Hall?
No, but the apartments are a short walk from Gold ‘n’ Greens and Towers’ Café. Additionally, there will be several retail locations on the first floor of the buildings that offer food options.
What will happen to DeRoy Apartments?
In May 2019, Helen DeRoy Apartments will be demolished Keast Commons will also be closed and updated to create more campus greenspace.
What will happen to the Campus Health Center?
The Campus Health Center will move across the street to the new Anthony Wayne Drive apartments on the 1st floor. For more information about Campus Health Center offerings, visit health.wayne.edu.
What will happen to Chatsworth Apartments?
In May 2019, Chatsworth Apartments will be closed and the entire building will be renovated and turned into suite-style living options. More information will be available on this page as design and construction details are available.
What is the future of unfurnished apartments on campus?
After May 2019, University Towers will be the unfurnished apartment offering on the campus.