Global Village

Housing, commercial complex gives RIT new look




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A. Sue Weisler

Students enjoy the fire pit and outdoor seating area at Global Village.

Global Village, RIT’s residential and commercial complex replacing a portion of River Knoll Apartments, provides upper-class students a state-of-the-art global living experience and community.

In addition to suite-style housing with lounges, community kitchens, meeting spaces and laundry rooms, the complex, which officially opened Sept. 30, also features a number of services just a few feet away.

These services include the HUB Print Center and Post Office, Global Village Cantina and Grille, The Market at Global Village, Shear Global Hair Salon and Shop One² Arts & Gifts.

The complex also boasts a beach volleyball court and a mixed-use plaza offering year-round activities including heated outdoor seating, a small stage for concerts and student programming and a fire-pit area that transforms into an ice rink during the winter months.

By the numbers

  • Cost: $57 million
  • Project size: 182,271 gross square feet
  • Number of residential beds: 414
  • Retail space: About 24,000 square feet of commercial and retail space
  • Academic areas: Study Abroad and Fellowships, Global Initiatives and Programs, Native American Future Stewards Program and the Entrepreneurial Center
  • Commercial locations and other points of interest: Global Village Plaza; Shear Global Salon; Shop One²; The Market at Global Village; Cantina and Grille at Global Village includes Salsarita’s, Global Grille, Oishii Sushi; Better Me Wellness Center; HUB Print Center and Post Office. Coming soon is a sports outfitter.
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A. Sue Weisler

Students enjoy the fire pit and outdoor seating area at Global Village.

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A. Sue Weisler

Students browse in Shop One2 Arts & Gifts in Global Village.