Over the summer, Georgetown broke ground on construction projects and opened new spaces on the Hilltop.
In May, the university began demolition on Henle Village, kickstarting a three-year project to transform the residence into a state-of-the-art apartment-style complex. At the same time, university leaders unveiled a new center that aggregates student services into one central hub, students tended to a new garden, and a new tap room opened its doors.
Learn more about what’s new on campus this fall.
A New Henle Village
Over the summer, Georgetown began demolition on a transformative new project: redeveloping the 47-year-old Henle Village into a larger, greener and more accessible apartment-style residence for undergraduates.
The new facility will include 780 beds; in-unit kitchens and bathrooms; 15,000 square feet of student lounges, yoga and exercise rooms, wellness spaces and study rooms; and common areas and green spaces that are open to all community members. The previous complex housed 468 students in apartment-style housing.
“The transformative redevelopment of this residential community underscores Georgetown’s commitment to sustainability while meeting the demands of our 20-year campus plan reflecting the university’s academic and housing goals,” said Dave Green, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “The new and improved residential village will be a dynamic on-campus hub for Georgetown students to study and build community together.”
Construction on the residence began in May, and the space is anticipated to open for fall 2025.
Georgetown Hotel Conversion
To accommodate student housing during Henle Village construction, the space formerly occupied by the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center has been converted into a residence hall.
This summer, the space was renovated to house 292 students and include a new laundry room and kitchen, lounges and a study workspace for the fall semester.
Centralizing Student Services
In August, Georgetown opened a new Student Services Center to provide students with a one-stop shop for financial and administrative services.
Located in the lower level of White Gravenor Hall, the center offers a centralized hub for student services related to class registration and transcripts, billing & payment inquiries, student financial aid & employment, I-9 completion, and, soon-to-come, student health insurance services.
Students can request services online or visit the physical location, where they’ll be directed to the right support via an iPad station.
The center opened on Aug. 14 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A New Tap Room on Campus
In September, a new restaurant and bar opened in the Healey Family Student Center: the Hilltop Tap Room.
The space, formerly called the Bulldog Tavern, had been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tap room is now open under the management of Hilltop Tap Room LLC, which was co-founded by Georgetown alumnus, Ben Sislen (L’10) and his business partners, and will serve pub fare ranging from chicken sandwiches to burgers and pizza.
Among other updates, Georgetown refreshed the lobbies of four student residences: Darnall Hall, New South, Copley Hall and Ida Ryan & Isaac Hawkins Hall; and renovated the Robert and Bernice Wagner Alumni House, which provides a space for alumni to connect, and the student townhouses in the Georgetown neighborhood.
As part of the university’s commitment to creating inclusive, equitable and accessible learning and working environments, Georgetown has added a new layer to its interactive campus map so that community members and visitors can find up-to-date accessible routes throughout campus. The university has also recently launched a new elevator outage notification system, and community members can subscribe to receive email alerts.