Powhatan Apartments

Students playing volleyball at Powhatan, 1990s

The Powhatan Apartments complex is an apartment-style dormitory complex located off Powhatan Avenue on the west side of the Old Dominion University (ODU) campus. The complex is made up of two areas, Powhatan I and Powhatan II, each made up of several houses where each apartment houses four students.


By the mid-1970s, there were only two residence hall on campus, Rogers Hall and Gresham Hall, causing an on-campus housing shortage. As a result, ODU was forced to place students into local motels. In 1978, to meet the flexible needs of both single and married students, the university opened the Powhatan Apartments (Powhatan I) with 96 units to house 384 students. Another complex (Powhatan II) was added in 1982 to keep up with the demand for more student housing. Today, the complex consists of 177 apartments that house 706 residents.


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