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Design & Floor Plans

Three wings, including two residential wings with 555 beds in double and triple rooms, dining, small lounges, study spaces, common areas and an attached three story Learning Commons wing packed with some of the most-visited student success and academic support services on campus.

Starting fall 2021, first-year students will experience an entirely new on-campus CU Denver resident experience in the City Heights Residence Hall.

Gross square footage (GSF)

  • Residential floors - 126,182 GSF
  • First floor: Dining - 6,904 GSF
  • First floor: Administration - 8,950 GSF
  • Learning Commons - 36,000 GSF


You can't miss it! Rising as high as seven stories, the new first-year student housing and Learning Commons complex sits at the intersection of significant pedestrian, bike and bus routes that run along Larimer Street through the CU Denver neighborhood. Positioned between the Tivoli Quad open space on one side and the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center and the Student Commons Building on the other, the City Heights Residence Hall site will provide multiple opportunities for campus community-building and engagement.



First-year student residents can choose either a double or triple room with moveable furniture, storage space and a personal work surface.

Double and Triple Floor Plan 

Communal “spa” restrooms

Designed as an extension of the student living space, the communal bathrooms on the residential floors provide both privacy and space for social interaction. Private facilities include a shower and toilet. Sinks are located in the common restroom area.


Common spaces and gathering places

Live, study, learn, relax, make new friends. The common spaces, gathering places and shared amenities on the residencial floors will enhance all facets of the student resident experience providing a sense of place and pride in this home away from home.

  • Large shared lounge
  • Small study lounges equipped with technology
  • Active communal engagement spaces
  • Micro-kitchens
  • Entertainment and game rooms
  • Laundry areas
  • Inviting, activated corridors, small seating nooks

Dining terrace

Learning Commons

This attached three-story wing of the project will house a number of the most-visited academic support and student success services on campus, as well as resources for faculty. From Peer Advocate Leaders (PAL) and First-Year Experiences to Learning Resources, the Writing Center and the Center for Faculty Development, it welcomes the entire campus community on a daily basis and is just steps away for the student residents.

Floor Plans (click to view)

1st floor

2nd floor

3rd floor

4th floor

5th floor

6th floor 

7th floor​

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.