The time for residents to fly the nest and join us at one of Campus Living Villages’ sites is fast approaching, and with it the launch of their brand new Village Life programme.
Village Life is their revamped (and completely free) approach to enhancing resident life – it puts Campus Living Villages’ ethos into practice and makes student experience the very core of their business. The programme replaces vplus, last year’s take on village-based activity, which required residents to pay an annual fee for a more limited range of events and experiences.
The change in their method to improve resident life was inspired by a better understanding of the behaviour of the next generation of university goers. A cohort who were born into the digital age, they have grown up with the world, quite literally, at their fingertips. Using technology as a crucial means of connecting and communicating with others, not just as a distraction to pass their time, means this generation can find it hard to take a break from their device in order to make the most of their real world experiences.
Using technology as a crucial means of connecting and communicating with others, not just as a distraction to pass their time, means this generation can find it hard to take a break fromtheir device in order to make the most of their real world experiences
With the aim of replicating the informality and diversity of their digital interactions, the company have created a programme that supports their residents as they meet people, make new friends, learn new things and just have fun. To kick start Village Life this September, their six week Settling In calendar of events will see residents across 15 of their villages benefit from the increased engagement with everything from cookery demos, to city-wide treasure hunts, to international karaoke being on offer.
However, Village Life is about more than just free food and movie marathons. The company’s excellent relationships with their university partners mean they know exactly who to refer their residents to with any problems, not to mention their great village teams being on-hand to provide advice on a range of problems from financial worries, to what to do when feeling a little homesick.
They hope, with their ongoing support throughout the year, their residents will immerse themselves in their village community and truly feel at home with Campus Living Villages.
Village Life is more than just a resident life programme – it’s part of Campus Living Villages’ DNA. It’s what they do.