Improving student retention and success is a key element of CU Denver’s Strategic Priorities. So, when students expressed a desire for a residential college experience, university leadership listened. Opening fall 2021, the new residence hall for first-year students will offer a completely new feel to the CU Denver neighborhood.
Studies have shown that students who live on campus stay in school, matriculate faster, perform better and feel more connected to their faculty and fellow students, tying them to the university in powerful and life-changing ways. Paired with the Learning Commons, along with the Student Commons Building and the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center, the residence hall will create a whole new community and hub for services in the CU Denver neighborhood.
With 555 beds available, this housing, dining, and learning complex will help combat the rising rents in Denver and place first-year students in the heart of campus, seconds away from classrooms, support services, amenities, and downtown Denver. Accessible housing for first-year students will be an attractive option for domestic Colorado and non-Colorado resident students as well as international students, helping to ease their transition to a new culture.
The new residence hall sits at the intersection of significant pedestrian, bike and bus routes. It will feature two dormitory wings, one six stories and the other seven stories, and will include double and triple rooms. Along with the Learning Commons wing, it will be a highly visible and prominent addition to the CU Denver neighborhood offering a central gathering place that connects and interacts with the university and the greater Auraria Campus.
Disclaimer: Design is an iterative process and all images shown are representative of the design progress at a specific moment in time. The final design will continue to evolve and may vary from the images shown.