The Apartments on Grace (or the Grace Street Apartment) complex was added to the JMU community in 2014, and doors were opened in 2015. They have since grown in popularity and demand.
The $55 million Apartments on Grace offer so many amenities. Each apartment typically houses four people, with two people sharing a room. Each room has it’s own bathroom, so you only have to share that with one person! The apartments also each have their own kitchen with a stove, oven, microwave, fridge and freezer. Each floor in the Grace Street Apartments has a pool table, ping-pong table, laundry room, and study lounge. But these great facilities come with a price, an extra $500 for room and board per semester.
Living in Grace Street is determined through a lottery system. The sooner you sign your 2nd year housing contract, the better your chances are of getting into Grace. So if you know for sure that you want to live on-campus again, go ahead and sign that contract!
As a current resident, I thought I would interview past residents to give potential future residents a better look into the option/opportunity to live in Grace Street.
Past resident Noah Peloquin said,
“Grace Street was like a baby step into apartment life from dorm life. The location was incredible, too. The only thing I can think of that was weird was not having as much interaction with my neighbors as I did in my freshman dorm…If I could give one piece of advice to current residents it would be to not eat too much Subway, because your money [will be gone] very fast!”
It’s true! Grace Street has Subway built into the first floor.
I also thought I would interview current residents to see how they’re liking Grace Street.
Corinne Gilbert said,
“I love having a kitchen. I have the 50 block meal plan and I think it works great with living on-campus and having access to a kitchen. I use the kitchen at least twice a day.”
The 50 block meal plan was developed for residents in Grace Street, to cater to the availability of the kitchen while also having punches for on-campus locations.
Current resident Emily Slayton stated,
“The proximity to campus is incredible, and especially convenient for an art major…Having lived in the village just last year without AC, Grace has really been a step up. I love Grace but I’m going to live off-campus next year, to experience something a little bit more independent.”
Oh, did I mention that Grace St. also has its own basketball and volleyball courts?
Grace Street also is offering students the opportunity to retain their rooms for the following year. I am still deciding whether I want to retain my room for next year or if I want to move off-campus. But Grace Street is basically next door to Duke Hall, my major/minor building and it’s a 4 minute walk to the quad. That’s hard to beat!
If you’re still not sure where to live, don’t worry! Office of Residence Life can answer any other questions you may have. I hope you found this article helpful in your decision to live in Grace Street. Go Dukes!