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NEW student housing, dining and Learning Commons



Beginning Dec. 2019 and opening in fall 2021 when the first students move in, the CU Denver neighborhood on the Auraria Campus is getting a whole new look.


A portion of the recreation field along Larimer Street, between 11th and 12th Streets, is being transformed into a new student housing, dining and Learning Commons facility.

The City Heights Resid​ence Hall​ will be home away from home to first-year students looking for an affordable housing option, but the project scope goes far beyond that.


This space creates a communal heart for the entire campus community. The gathering areas, dining options and student access to academic support, as well as a variety of co-curricular success services, are designed to support all students and help them build new connections with each other, faculty and staff.


The recreation field and the area around it is a very busy place. Behind the fencing, construction crews are building a three-winged structure with two residential wings and a three story Learning Commons. There's plenty of heavy equipment and activity on site, restricting pedestrian and vehicle access as needed.

Then, before we know it, the dust will be gone, the new spaces will be ready to welcome the campus community and the transformation will be complete.

Details, Details!

Under one roof

Finding housing in Denver can be tough. And, expensive! The new residence hall aims to take that stress off of first-year students by offering them a modern, safe and affordable space. Located in the heart of the CU Denver neighborhood and connected to the new Learning Commons, students will be closer than ever to services, amenities and classrooms. Welcome to your new hub for student residential life.

Live and learn

Imagine study spaces, tutoring rooms and some of the most frequently visited academic support and student success services all in one location. The new Learning Commons is the place. It’s a spot built to bring our entire campus community together, designed to support the growth and development of both students and faculty. Gather, study, learn, socialize. This is the one central place to do it all.

Designing the future

The residence hall features personal living areas, gathering spaces, inviting corridors and common amenities. There will be 555 beds available in double and triple occupancy rooms with Resident Assistants on each floor. Rooms include moveable furniture, storage and a personal work surface. The three-story Learning Commons wing provides easy access to student support services.

Got questions?

Have concerns about the project’s overall impact? Wondering about timeline, budget, why we’re building another residence hall or the impact it will have? Fear not! We went directly to the source to get your questions answered by people in the know. Our key project stakeholders include architects and project planners and they lay out all of the specifics here, giving you the details you’re looking for.

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.