Ridiculously amenitized student-housing towers are nothing new in Atlanta. But a recent entrant to the building category near Georgia State University is aiming to take the deluxe collegiate lifestyle up a notch.

Now fittingly called Reflection, the glassy 25-story tower where downtown meets Sweet Auburn has recently topped out and launched leasing efforts for the fall 2022 semester.

Located at the southeast corner of Courtland Street and John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, the project is being marketed as the closest off-campus housing option for GSU students, roughly five minutes away.

The 25-story building from John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

Atlantic Capital Properties and Gateway Ventures—the same partnership behind the 8West project in West Midtown—are developing the $87-million tower. It’s sited on the former home of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, which is the Reflection project’s architect.

Construction is scheduled to wrap this summer, with 247 apartments (742 beds total) that come fully furnished with stain-resistant furniture, 55-inch televisions, and individual lockers for each kitchen.

Projected look of the building's exterior just west of the Connector. Livereflection.com; designs, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

But the real selling point for coeds could be the amenities. Those include a temp-controlled pool with a Jumbotron that’s 16-feet wide. A gym with True Fitness equipment and a yoga studio. A podcast studio, club room, two lounges, and the real kicker: an e-gaming room with 12 televisions and, yes, a glassed-off space for spectators.

The temperature-controlled pool will offer what's touted as a "stadium-style swim experience" for student tenants. Livereflection.com; designs, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

This latest student tower is diagonal from the One12 Courtland student housing building that helped usher in the trend of upscale off-campus living when it opened several years ago. Less than a block away stands 25-story The Mix student residences, too.

Rents for the Reflection student apartments have yet to be published.

Fifteen percent of units will be reserved for residents earning 80 percent of area median income, translating to rents ranging from about $1,100 to $1,900 monthly, per Central Atlanta Progress.

Gateway Ventures’ portfolio includes another 25-story Atlanta building, Square on Fifth at Tech Square, which was among the first in a flurry of Midtown high-rises to provide new off-campus living options for Georgia Tech students.

GSU now counts an enrollment of more than 51,000 students across its seven metro campuses, with the bulk of them attending classes downtown.

Another tower aiming to capture the GSU student demographic is rising a block from Centennial Olympic Park. That venture by Landmark Properties and AECOM-Canyon Partners, called The Metropolitan, will stand 32 stories. It's expected to open in 2023. 

For further proof these buildings ain’t your daddy’s dorms, head up to the photo gallery.

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