VSU to house some upper classmen in Chester

Virginia State University (VSU) has worked out its housing issues by placing students in area hotels. The difference from earlier plans is that freshmen will not be housed in the hotels.

According to Thomas E. Reed, director of university relations for VSU, all entering freshmen will be housed on campus. The university has partnered with 13 properties – a mix of apartments and extended stay hotels – in the Tri-cities to provide nearly 680 beds for students and Resident Educators who otherwise would reside on campus. VSU is confident that all such students will be accommodated.

In Chester, students will be housed at the “Quality Inn, Hyatt Place and Candlewood Suites,” Reed said. “All are already zoned for extended stay.”

VSU will be partnering with James River Bus Lines to provide shuttle service, and the VSU Department of Police and Public Safety will provide security at these properties in conjunction with local authorities.

“The University is proud to be working with our neighbors in Chester, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Prince George to alleviate this [housing] issue,” Reed said. “We are looking forward to a successful 2011-2012 Academic Year and enthusiastically welcome our new and returning students.”

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 22.


How did this happen?

I am a resident of the Chester/Enon area and live within a few minutes of each of these hotels.

Why did Virginia State accept more students than they could accommodate? And, why are they busing students past several large, new hotels in the Colonial Heights to come to Chester?

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