"The new halls will have a real sense of community. Students will have so many common areas to interact and learn from each other" -Arooj Rana
As many of you have heard, Qatar Foundation is building some new residence halls. But these aren’t just ANY residence halls. These halls were designed to reach Platinum LEED certification (that’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - LEED) from the US Green Building Council. The photos below were taken on 10 October 2012!
What’s so great about that you say? Well, these halls will have a zero-carbon footprint. They will use cutting edge technology to reduce energy and water use (and misuse) while producing part of their electricity by solar panels, helping lower our dependence on fossil fuels. AND they will have amazing social and study space, 600 single residence hall rooms with private bathrooms (300 for males and 300 for females), as well as more than 150 state of the art apartment spaces for one or two students in each apartment for each complex, a dining facility at each complex and a Community Learning Center with all of the technology needs for students to work and study in a mixed-gender environment.
The vision for these new residence halls is to seamlessly blend the out-of-classroom learning experience with the in-class academic experience. Students will be able to monitor energy use with a focus on how behavior impacts the natural environment. In addition, Housing and Residence Life will be able to undertake new and innovative programming and living-learning communities to help students combine their academic focus with the residential environment.
So when will these incredible facilities be available for occupancy??? Soon. But not right away. You can see the female site peeking over the construction walls across from the QF Headquarters building (the male site is out past the Student Center and is also peeking over the walls there). We anticipate they will be available for occupancy sometime in Spring 2013. We are looking forward to the many exciting changes we have in store for the coming years!
We will be posting more pictures and important updates as well as answering your questions below. Please send your questions relating to the new housing complex to and we will do our best to publish these with the responses.
How much will living on campus cost?
There will be 4 different unit types available, subject to availability, and each will cost a different amount:
Residence Hall Room = QAR 8,240 per semester
2 Bedroom Apartment = QAR 8,840 per student per semester
Studio Apartment = QAR 9,440 per semester
1 Bedroom Apartment = QAR 9,940 per semester
When will the new residence halls open?
Right now we are hoping that the halls will be ready for occupancy sometime in Spring 2013. However we will keep students updated with more information as we get closer to the time.
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