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June 11, 2024

UConn eyes student housing at another satellite campus

Contributed An event was held Tuesday at UConn Avery Point to disscuss the future of the Groton-based campus.

UConn’s Hartford campus may not be the school’s only satellite location to get student housing. 

School officials said this week they are eyeing enhancements to UConn’s Avery Point campus, including the possibility of student housing. 

Hartford Business Journal in March reported on the possibility of new student housing at the school’s Avery Point campus, which is located in Groton. 

UConn administrators and board members gathered Tuesday at Avery Point to discuss possible expansion plans, including student housing. 

 It’s part of a broader initiative under UConn’s recently adopted strategic plan, which includes a focus on offering academic and research programs at regional campuses that build on the unique attributes and strengths of each location.

UConn is currently working with the city of Hartford and Capital Region Development Authority on a plan to build downtown student housing in the Capital City. The state Bond Commission recently approved $10 million in funding to help make that project a reality. 

With about 450 students on its 72-acre campus, UConn Avery Point offers programs in marine sciences and maritime studies that can be completed in four years on-site, along with four-year majors in English and general studies.  

UConn said there is currently no university or state funding available to support building a residence hall at the Avery Point campus, so alternative approaches will be explored. 

UConn has implemented various strategies to add housing at its satellite campuses in Waterbury and Stamford, including partnering with a private developer. 


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