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 our five buildings which surround the geothermal field adjacent to the Koury Business Center.

The Colonnades Neighborhood

The Colonnades Neighborhood encompasses our five residence halls: Story, Moffitt, Kivette, Staley, and Allen, which are home to 430 students. In the Fall of 2024, we welcome our community of 41% first-years, 33% sophomores, 19% juniors, and 7% seniors.

As of Fall 2024, the EcoVillage at Loy Farm LLC is also home to the Colonnades Neighborhood, and will welcome 12 students who are sophomores through seniors to experience this unique, sustainability-focused style of living.

Facilities and Amenities – EcoVillage LLC at Loy Farm

More information on the EcoVillage at Loy Farm can be found here. 

Each house is home to two individuals within the EcoVillage LLC, each having a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, and a shared bathroom. Each house is adorned with its own unique eco-friendly and sustainability-centered amenities. Residents of the EcoVillage LLC can enjoy a communal gathering space at the EcoVillage Commons. Residents are also a short walk from the Loy Farm and a short half a mile walk or bike ride from main campus.

Facilities and Amenities – Colonnades

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 neighborhood offers spacious double rooms sharing bathrooms for first year students; sophomore pod suites- our two-person pod with two single rooms and a shared living room and bathroom, or our 4-person pod: four single rooms with two shared bathrooms and a shared living room. There are also a limited amount of stand-alone singles for juniors and seniors with stackable washers and dryers and private bathrooms.

Clohan Dining Hall– One of Elon’s three dining halls is located within the neighborhood, a short one to three minute walk from any of our Colonnades residence halls, for when you want a convenient bite to eat.

Firepit on the Colonnades Quad– is an evening social hub in the evenings and a necessity for our monthly Firepit Nights.

The Maker’s Hub– located in Colonnades E, Allen, is free to all Elon students and encourages students to embrace their innovative and creative ideas, with 3D printers, sewing machines, sticker makers and more!

The Colonnades quad is perfect for outdoor activities in the warmer months, with our firepit, outside of Allen – Colonnades E, serving as a social hub in the evenings. There is a hammock hangout area and a grill located between Allen and Moffitt.

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

Neighborhood Leadership

Carley Strausser, the Community Director, lives in the neighborhood and leads the residence life aspects of the neighborhood.

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

Dr. Khirey Walker, the Faculty in Residence, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood.

Living-Learning Communities in Colonnades

Living-Learning Communities in the Neighborhood

Neighborhood Programs & Traditions

Tea Room: The legacy of a previous Colonnades Faculty Director, Terry Tomasek, is continued on with our monthly Tea Room event. Now led by our current Faculty Director, Nina Namaste, and Faculty in Residence, Khirey Walker, this event is located in the lobby of Staley and allows students to engage informally with their peers, faculty, and neighborhood community while enjoying coffee, tea, and a sweet treat, and board games or activity.

Firepit on the Colonnades Quad: Once a month, students are invited to make s’mores at the Colonnades firepit and engage with their hallmates, RAs and Community Director. There will be opportunities for LLCs to have there own special night at the firepit, as well as guests from various offices on campus such as SPARKS, Kernodle Center for Civic Life, Sustainability, and Academic Success.

Taste of Alamance Supper Club: By building/ RSVP, residents will have the opportunity to learn about and eat local cuisine (for free), support local businesses within Alamance County, and build rapport with their hallmates and Neighborhood Leadership Team at our once a month Taste of Alamance Supper Club.

Restaurants visited in the 2023-2024 school year: Dixon’s Jamaican Taste, Smokehouse Steve’s.

Sundaes: Previously known as Sundaes on Sunday, this once a month event has now moved to Thursdays and includes an opportunity for residents to make meaningful relationships and take a study break to enjoy a wide array of icecream and toppings in the Colonnades E, Allen, lobby.


Students sitting and engaging in the Tea Room, located in Colonnades D

Students enjoying the Tea Room with previous Faculty Director, Terry Tomasek.