Another apartment building is popping up on University Avenue, and although it’s situated right next door to University Place in the area so dominated by the University right now, this complex isn’t owned by WVU.
U Club Sunnyside, owned by the national housing company American Campus Communities, is planned to be completed in time for students to move in for the fall 2016 semester. The apartments are fully furnished and include all utilities, and the complex plans to include perks like a fitness center, rec center, and a pool.
Sounds perfect, right? Well, the complex does have some downfalls. For one, The floor plans are laid out pretty weird. There’s only two options available for rent–four bedroom private, or two bedroom, two bathroom shared.
That’s right, if you choose the second option, you share a bedroom and a bathroom with another person, just like a dorm. It’s a pretty cheap option, starting at $399, but you give up a lot of freedom for the price.
But the biggest problem U Club Sunnyside has is its next-door neighbor. University Place is dominating Sunnyside now with the recent completion of the new parking garage and new businesses moving into the retail spaces at the bottom of the complex. How is it going to compete with the driving force behind the majority of Morgantown?
I reached out to several different people involved with U Club Sunnyside several times to inquire about the complex, and no one chose to comment.
|U Club Sunnyside||University Place|
|Floor Plans||4 br. or 2 br. shared||2-4 br. studio, 2-4 br. Apartment, 2-3 br. townhome|
|Parking||Available but not Included||Available but not included|
|Security||On-call staff||Patrol officer, on-call staff|
U Club Sunnyside has been doing some great advertising (I know everyone has seen the driving billboard around town), and they’re even giving away a $25,000 (!) scholarship that you can enter to win after you take a tour of their model apartment. But I just don’t know if it’s good enough to compete with the University. Some people have peace of mind by renting in University apartment complexes. Sure, the shared bedroom thing is different, but it may not be a good thing. U Club Sunnyside needs something unique (and beneficial) to set them apart from their next-door neighbor and competitor.