Luxury Living on Campus?


The apartments of South Campus Gateway usher in a new era of on-campus living with amenities you wish you had as a student.

For many Central Ohioans and Ohio State University alumni, living on campus resurrects memories of crowded residence halls, dilapidated houses and aged apartments in between.  Modern conveniences, let alone modern luxuries,, were nowhere to be found in a campus area dwelling.

Today, however, in our ever-changing city, living on campus is a little different than it used to be, thanks in great part tothe completion of the South Campus Gateway project.  The entertainment, retail and dining district developed by Campus Partners and managed by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) opened to the public last fall and continues to wow the area with new additions.  What the general public probably doesn’t know is you can actually live in this magnificent portal to The Ohio State University.

Studio, one and two-bedroom apartments, as well as three-bedroom town homes blend with retail and entertainment on the nope?, take it back out street level to create a new and dynamic urban neighborhood.  Restaurants, nightspots, a bank, bookstore, personal services and a new organic grocery store (Sunflower Market) to open next month, are all within walking distance of the modern apartments found in the new Gateway. 

These new apartments, managed by Towne Properties, are rare luxuries in a sea  of living units in the campus area.  Brand spanking new is a big selling point, but how about high-speed Internet, 70+ channels of cable and local phone service — all included with monthly rent?  These features sound like those of the new downtown properties or suburban developments, not campus living. 

The amenities do not stop there.  Residents also receive secured parking, keycard controlled building access, a clubroom and fitness center.  Kitchens in most units are spacious and include a refrigerator, range, microwave and dishwasher.  And a stackable washer/dryer unit is located in the foyer closet.  Did your campus apartment have any of those luxuries? If you say so, you are most likely lying your ass off.

In the two-bedroom unit, guests enter into the foyer, which is covered in blonde hardwood floors.   Home to a graduate student at OSU, this top-floor apartment features extra high ceilings, oversized windows (blinds included), premium kitchen countertops, upgraded carpet and higher-end finishes. 

Contemporary furnishings, such as a large armoire housing the 42-inch plasma television grace the living room area, which makes for less-than-boring study breaks.  The galley kitchen provides a large amount of counter space, just in case the restaurants below don’t fulfill cravings.  Beautiful views of south campus are seen outside the kitchen window, with views from the living area looking east.

Adjacent to the study, the master suite is comfortably decorated with a cozy queen size bed, full-length mirror and chest of drawers.  The master bath, like the entire residence, provides the owner with plenty of closet space, not usually found in urban dwellings, and virtually a joke in campus offerings

Even though this grad student’s apartment is decorated in minimalist style, it is very stylish, comfortable and definitely not the norm for campus living.  This unit and the many others in the Gateway complex begin a new era of campus living, soon to become the envy of all  OSU students.  Better late than never.