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College Purchases St. Augustine Riverfront Hotel for New Residence Hall

Jun 26, 2023

Flagler College added its newest residence hall this spring with the purchase of a St. Augustine riverfront hotel that has been named Sebastian House.

The Sebastian House Dorms

The Sebastian House Dorms

The 95-room property near the entrance to downtown is less than a mile east of campus.

Sebastian House also includes grab-n-go dining options, an exercise room, a pool, 102 parking spaces and other dorm amenities. A continuous shuttle runs back and forth to campus for students. The College started leasing rooms in the former hotel last year as it began its multi-year comprehensive improvement plan for the Flagler campus that included renovations in Ponce, Lewis and Abare Halls. With work continuing on Ponce Hall East and Abare, and because the hotel proved to be popular with students living there, the College decided to purchase the property and convert it into a full residence hall.

The property sits on 2.25 acres near the Ponce de Leon Boulevard/U.S. 1 and King Street intersection, and it overlooks the San Sebastian River with views of Flagler’s historic towers. This will increase the total number of dorm rooms for campus and allow the College to meet the increasing need for additional student housing.

The College has also agreed to work with the city of St. Augustine to develop a riverwalk along the east side of the San Sebastian River that runs in front of the new residence hall and connects to downtown for walking and biking.

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