Campus View’s off-kirk blends activity with family atmosphere
A family approach is an emphasis at Campus View Apartments and Townhouses located within a stone’s throw of Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus.
Located at the intersection of Pierce St. and 42nd Ave., Campus View has been serving students since 1967 when current owner Brian Gardner’s father opened it. Today, Campus View is run by Gardner, his wife Lynn, and their children and feature many activities for residents to participate in.
“We are the only apartment complex with a full-court, hardwood basketball court,” Brian Gardner said. “We also offer a swimming pool, hot tub, an 18-hole Frisbee golf course, and a workout room for residents to use.”
For students who prefer indoor activities, Campus View offers a movie room that features a 128” high-definition projection screen, a video game loft with a 55” plasma screen, and a game room with Ping-Pong, foosball, air hockey, and pool tables. For residents looking to use the activities, there is a one-time activity fee that can be paid at the same time as the first rent payment, and residents can bring friends over to use group study rooms.
A major goal of Campus View is to help make the transition from on-campus living to off-campus living as smooth as possible. Gardner said they accomplish that by offering more to do than other apartment complexes, by being closer to campus than any other apartment complex and even some on-campus housing, and by caring for each resident.
Erica Gordon is a GVSU student who has lived at Campus View since May 2011 and felt that the atmosphere and the people are what separate them from the others.
“The people are great and the atmosphere makes staying here great,” Gordon said. “There are a lot of things to do here from the pool to the rec center. Sometimes I don’t feel like going back to campus so I just go to the center.”
Gordon also said that along with everything there is to do, the prices of Campus View remain competitive.
Campus View offers apartments that are fully furnished that start at $285 a month per person. The townhouses offer private bedrooms and bathrooms and start at $335 a month per person with residents having the option to self-furnish the unit.
For students looking to get to campus, Campus View offers the Campus View shuttle, which Gardner said runs from 7:45 a.m. to noon and drops students off in front of the Kirkoff Center.
As Campus View continues to strive to offer the best in off-campus housing, they will be doing so while continuing to update apartments to ensure each unit has state-of-the-art facilities for each and every resident. From laundry amenities to the gaming aspect, Campus View has the tools to make each resident’s transition smooth and easy.