Design and Floor Plans

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

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.

Common Spaces and Gathering Places

Live, study, learn, relax, and make new friends. The common spaces, gathering places, and shared amenities on the residential 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
FYSH-Dining Terrace

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

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.


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

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Floor Plans


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 Housing Site Plan
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.