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The newly opened residence hall at UMass Boston
The newly opened residence hall at UMass Boston
The newly opened residence hall at UMass Boston
The newly opened residence hall at UMass Boston
The newly opened residence hall at UMass Boston

First-ever residence hall opens at UMass Boston

Sept. 4, 2018
$120 million complex has been built to accommodate 1,077 students.

For the first time in its history, the University of Massachusetts Boston has opened residence halls for its students.

WBUR-Radio reports that the university's first student housing officially opened today after students were allowed to move in over the weekend.

The $120 million, 260,000-square-foot residence hall will accommodate 1,077 students at UMass Boston, which opened 54 years ago as a commuter campus.

"This is a new UMass Boston," said sophomore Eriq Gassé, a resident assistant. "We are not the same as we were before."

Prices for housing range, depending on the unit, from $8,703 to $12,213 for an academic year. With a mandatory meal-plan, room and board amounts to about $16,000. The bright, modern tower also hosts community kitchens and laundry facilities, as well as a dining common on its first floor.

However, adding a residential hall to a commuter school where affordability is a key factor in attendance has drawn pushback. During the tower's ribbon-cutting ceremony last week, protesters complained that raising fees and cutting costs have made it more difficult for UMass istudents who commute.

MORE: YouTube Video of new student housing.

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