Dorm-style living is now an option for female college students wanting to live close to home, but not at home with their parents.
A 3,500-square-foot brick house located at 118 Hayes Street in Whitesburg has been renovated into dorm-style living, which could house eight to 10 students. The structure, which was previously a dental office, has been divided into living space and study space.
Randall Day, owner of Black Mountain Properties, said plenty of space exists for students to sleep while others study or watch television.
The house is fully furnished and includes appliances.
“All they have to do is bring toiletries, clothing and bed sheets,” said Day.
Rent will run $400 a month per student, which includes utilities, water, garbage and Wi-Fi.
“It’s ideal,” said Day. ““The key, I guess, is it is real economical for them. This is for someone who wants a place to live and an education. They must be enrolled in school.”
Day, who has owned an apartment building in downtown Whitesburg for two years, said there wasn’t any student housing in Whitesburg.
“A lot of these girls want to move out on their own and still live here,” said Day.
The house is in walking distance to Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.
“Less than five minutes they can be at the college,” said Day. “Less than a minute they can be on Main Street.”
Day has furnished bicycles for the students to ride around town.
He said the renters could also attend the University of Virginia at Wise, Hazard Community and Technical College, Alice Lloyd College or the University of Pikeville.
The property includes plenty of parking spaces.
Day, who says he won’t tolerate foolishness, said a curfew of about 10 p.m. will be implemented and visitors will be issued visitor cards.
“Their mom and dad will know they are safe,” said Day. “It’s a nice environment. It’s good, clean and safe.”
One or two of the renters will serve as resident advisors and will see a discount on their monthly rent.
“I think it is going to be quite successful,” said Day.
An open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on June 23 and 24. Call 634-1279 or 634-5766 for more information.