Innovation: Recognizing, Celebrating, & Empowering

The Colonnades neighborhood, named for the Elon literary magazine first published in 1937, is the place where students from all class years, first-year through senior, “create connected communities” in five buildings that surround the geothermal field adjacent to the Koury Business Center.

The Colonnades Commitment

The foundation of Colonnades stems from our commitment to sustainability and innovation.  We approach our commitment with a three-pronged philosophy in which social, environmental, and economic factors intersect. While sustainability and innovation are at the heart of Colonnades, it is stewardship that elevates Colonnades to a community focused on creating connection. We are the stakeholders. Together, we are the pillars of our community.

The Colonnades Neighborhood Plan for 2020-2021

The Neighborhood Plan is an educational roadmap for integrating Colonnades residents’ academic, social, and residential experiences. Plans for the 2020-2021 academic year are currently being finalized to align with the university’s guidelines in response to COVID-19. Please check later for an updated plan.

Neighborhood Student Population

  •  419 students
  • 41% first-year
  • 33% sophomore
  • 19% junior
  • 7% senior

Facilities and Amenities

All buildings are mixed gender. The rooms include closets, sinks, and moveable furniture. Each building has printing stations, lounges, community kitchens, and suite-style baths. The Colonnades quad is perfect for outdoor activities in the warmer months. There is a hammock hangout area as well as a grill and picnic table. The Colonnades Neighborhood is committed to sustainable living. Download the Sustainable Living Guide to find out more. The Clohan Dining Hall is conveniently located in our Neighborhood.

The neighborhood includes five residence hall style buildings: Story, Moffitt, Kivette, Staley, and Colonnades E.

  • Spacious double rooms sharing bathrooms for first year students
  • Sophomore pod suites with two single rooms, a bathroom and a small living room
  • Stand-alone singles for juniors and seniors with stackable washers and dryers and private bathrooms

Get a 360-degree view of a single in Colonnades:
Room In Colonnades

Academic Connections

Linked Courses

There are  residentially linked course sections of First Year Foundations Courses, COR 110: The Global Experience and ENG 110: Writing, Argument & Inquiry for first-year students taught in or near the neighborhood. Download the complete list of fall 2020 linked course sections, time slots, and linked neighborhoods.

Live-in Faculty

Dr. Terry Tomasek, the Faculty Director, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood.

Dr. Nina Namaste, the Faculty in Residence, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood.

Residential Learning Communities in Colonnades

Living Learning Communities in the Neighborhood

Signature Programs, Traditions, and Experiences

  • Kick off the academic year with First Night ‘Nades to welcome first-years!
  • Partnering with Belk Library and the GLC on the Human Library
  • Enjoy an outdoor movie on the Quad
  • Partnering with the Office of Sustainability in the Party for the Planet
  • Partnering with the Danieley neighborhood for a variety of events and activities
  • Kick start your creativity in the University’s “Maker Hub” located in Colonnades E
  • Connect with the neighborhood weekly in our T-room located in Staley Hall. The T-room is a place to informally interact with the Faculty Director and other faculty or staff guests

The T-Room

Community Partnership

The Colonnades Neighborhood partners with the Village Project to support student engagement in our surrounding community through volunteer service. After being trained, interested residents will serve as reading tutors working with one child and a parent or guardian to develop the child’s reading skills. Tutoring takes place on Elon’s campus.