Taylor James

(Rock Hill, S.C.) — A new student housing complex — which will feature two, three or four-bedroom options — will open this fall near the Winthrop University campus, to the excitement of many students.

Construction on The Nest at University Center began in early 2020 and will be finished late this summer, as it will open its doors this August for residents.

This newest off-campus housing option is located adjacent to the Winthrop campus, at 300 Technology Center Way in Rock Hill.

There are “plenty and lots of amenities we offer,” said property manager Josh Ragland. “We’ll have a resort-style pool, obviously with a terrace area, so there will be hanging plants, tables to sit at (and) tanning ledges.”

Ragland said the complex will have two state of the art gyms, one with a cardio focus and one for strength and weight training.

All of the apartments will come furnished with “stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and premium, brand new furniture,” he said. The units also feature washers and dryers and Plasma Air filtration systems, which Ragland said attacks 99 percent of all airborne contaminants.

The new complex has drawn the interest of many students, including Corde Weeks, a senior political science major, who has already signed a lease with The Nest.

He said he is most excited to have his own washer and dryer.

“I wanted to be somewhere that would have all the outstanding amenities that I saw at other universities like, big study rooms, pool space and a game room and The Nest had all those amenities,” said Weeks.

Nest Model Bedroom
The Nest’s leasing office, located on the edge of the Winthrop campus, has a full-sized model, complete with the furniture that will be present in all of the units for visitors to see (photo: Taylor James).

The new complex will allow pets that are under 50 pounds, but fees and breed restrictions apply. However, there are no restrictions on service animals.

Janice Bunz, a freshman special education teaching major, said The Nest would be her top choice for off-campus housing after she becomes eligible to move off campus her junior year, so she can keep her dog, because Winthrop’s dorm policies only allow service animals.

“I couldn’t get through college without my best friend,” said Bunz. “But at The Nest, I wouldn’t have to.”

A number of other students have also taken to the internet to express their excitement about the new housing option. For example, there are currently 20 five-star reviews on Google, with many students commenting on the smooth leasing process and their anticipation for moving in.

“The lease was easy to complete, and they also allow you to use financial aid to pay for the apartment that comes fully furnished,” said one reviewer.

“Looking forward to moving in and seeing what the final product is this summer,” said another reviewer named Kiarra.

“I just signed the lease and the people were very helpful!! I’m very excited,” said reviewer Christy Stowe.

The Nest is now accepting leases, with three and four-bedroom apartments, starting at $700, currently available.