The Blinn College District and the Brenham community celebrated the grand opening of a new Brenham Campus residence hall Tuesday with rooms for more than 500 students.

Various officials from Blinn College, the City of Brenham and the state gathered Tuesday to mark the grand opening of Prairie Lea Hall, a new residence hall on the Brenham Campus.
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The ceremony commemorating the opening of Prairie Lea Hall included remarks from Chancellor Mary Hensley, Board of Trustees Chair Jim Kolkhorst, Sen. Lois W. Kolkhorst, and Mayor Milton Tate, among others.

“At Blinn, we know that building a supportive, engaging college community plays a key role in student success,” Hensley said. “In addition to providing our students with a comfortable and welcoming home away from home, Prairie Lea Hall was designed with spaces for students to meet and collaborate with their peers as they build new friendships and pursue their academic goals.”

Consisting of two buildings – Buildings A and B – Prairie Lea Hall features several unique attributes. Building A includes a communal kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, oven, and stove, and plenty of counter space to allow students to cook their own meals when the mood strikes them.

In addition to the indoor gathering spaces for students, Building B has a large patio space designed specifically to accommodate outdoor events.

After the ribbon cutting for Prairie Lea Hall, guests were invited inside the residence hall to see its amenities.
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Each suite in Prairie Lea Hall will include two bedrooms, with two students per bedroom. Suites include ethernet and wi-fi internet access, a mini fridge, and a microwave.

Each floor includes free laundry machines as well as community spaces where students can gather to play games, lounge, and watch TV. At the corner of each floor is a study room complete with monitors for sharing digital content with a study group.

Blinn’s fall semester begins Wednesday, Aug. 24, and students still have time to apply for campus housing. For more information, visit

(Story courtesy Richard Bray, Blinn Information)

Blinn Chancellor Dr. Mary Hensley addresses the crowd at Tuesday's grand opening ceremony for Prairie Lea Hall.
(courtesy Blinn College)
Blinn Board of Trustees Chair Jim Kolkhorst speaks Tuesday at the grand opening of Prairie Lea Hall.
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  1. I have posed this question twice on this website, and no one has ever either chosen to answer it or was able to answer it: with living space for 500 students, where are these students going to park their vehicles? To my rough calculations, this is going to entail about two (2) acres of parking, and there’s not anywhere near that much parking around the building.

    1. This is a great question that Blinn considered in constructing the new residence hall and adjoining parking lots. Historically, slightly more than half of campus residents bring cars to campus. With the capacity of Lots Z1 and Z2 at Prairie Lea Hall as well as Lot B across the street on 5th Street, we anticipate having plenty of student parking to accommodate the residents of this new hall.

      If you visit our campus map at, you can see Prairie Lea Hall (#42 at the bottom) as well as the three student parking lots near the new hall. Thanks for the question!

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