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Alvernia and DoubleTree by Hilton Reading have announced a partnership to expand student housing into downtown Reading.

“Our partnership with the DoubleTree not only helps with de-densification efforts but also affords resident students the first chance to experience downtown Reading as the Reading CollegeTowne initiative continues to evolve,” said Alvernia President John R. Loyack.

“With DoubleTree Reading continually recognized as the top-ranked hotel in the chain for guest services, we know our students are in good hands.”

Thirty upperclassmen residential students moved into the DoubleTree Aug. 30.

Students staying at the DoubleTree are provided shuttle service to and from campus, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, 24-hour security, as well as dedicated study rooms and meal spaces.

“We are so excited to be collaborating with Alvernia University during the pandemic to assist their students with social distancing as we look for unique partnerships to increase our occupancy,” said Craig Poole, general manager and chief operating office of the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading.

“We look forward to hosting the Alvernia students, sharing information about safe recreation activities in the area and begin to learn their interests in restaurants, shopping and other entertainment as we look forward to the exciting future of vibrant student life in downtown Reading as part of the CollegeTowne initiative.”

On August 28th, the university welcomed its largest incoming class of nearly 550 students.

Last year, Alvernia unveiled Reading CollegeTowne, a strategic model for economic development in downtown, acquiring the building at 401 Penn Street on June 30 to serve as the university’s downtown location, which will include student housing.