The University of Denver's welcoming and vibrant on-campus community regards its strong bonds and active lifestyle as an important part of its mission to guide students to positions of leadership and success. For this reason, living on campus is an important part of the University experience and students are required to live on campus and have a meal plan for their first two years. It's your chance to enjoy life in an around-the-clock academic community that values learning, sharing and diversity.
Experience Residential Life
Most undergraduates are in class for about 16 hours each week. That means you spend 90% of your time outside of the traditional learning environment. In the residence halls, you have the chance to use that time to challenge yourself in new ways, to integrate learning into your life.
Our Dedication to Diversity
With a two year live-on campus requirement for all incoming students, we recognize that our residence halls play an essential role in helping to shape and advance the DU community. We work hard to foster an environment that encourages intellectual and social development beyond the classroom and promotes the best kind of learning experience: that which we gain from each other. As such, our department has a staff that is committed to upholding the values expressed in our Diversity Statement and creating a culture that respects those ideals. Read more here.
Our Commitment to Sustainability
During the 2010-2011 school year, our department created a professional staff position focused on sustainability issues and other special projects. Through that position, we've been able to start many new programs and initiatives and to build partnerships across campus, to focus on and improve our sustainability efforts, and to increase awareness and educate our community about the importance of sustainability.
We are always looking for ways to improve our facilities, educate our students and staff, and ensure that we are creating an environmentally and socially responsible living environment on campus. We hope you will join us in making our residence halls as sustainable as possible. Read more here.
Our Devotion to Staff Development
We are committed to providing training and resources to the staff with the highest standards of ethics and integrity as espoused by the University of Denver, and more specifically Housing and Residential Education (HRE), in their values, mission and vision. We are responsible for aiding in the lifelong learning and development of leaders and change agents, which in turn will enhance our community (staff, faculty, external community, and most importantly, students) to reach its full potential. Through our vision, which includes our two year professional development plan, we aspire to aid HRE staff in their development and growth on all levels, whether inside or outside of our institution, by providing opportunities to build skills integral to student affairs professionals. Read more here.
Our Focus on Student Development
The University of Denver Department of Housing and Residential Education believes that student support is a core value of our residential communities. We strive to offer students a quality and meaningful experience and want students to value and grow from their residential experience. Students will encounter an educational conduct process where personal growth opportunities are fostered and responsibility to the community is valued. Through educational and social programming our residents will be exposed to new opportunities, new challenges, new communities, and new ideas that will enhance their education out of the classroom. We aim to have student organizations that are student lead, student focused and provide leadership opportunities for all residents. Housing and Residential Education believes students are at the core of our work and we seek to actively cultivate a collaborative and caring environment where students lead the way.
An Active Residence Hall Association (RHA)
Residence Hall Association (RHA) leaders assist in shaping and developing the greater University of Denver residence hall community. Getting involved with RHA will give you the opportunity not only to make great friends and to develop your leadership skills and abilities but, also, to assist in planning campus-wide events, programs, and community service projects. Attendance at meetings gives students the chance to give input on residence hall policy issues, budget expenditures, and community development efforts that impact the 2700 students in the residence hall system. Read more here.
The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Chapter at DU
National Residence Hall Honorary is an on-campus organization that recognizes leadership and achievement in the residence halls. We are here to promote recognition of people who are involved in making DU a great place to live. Read more here.
All our buildings share a few common characteristics:
- Convenience-All the halls are right on campus, with short walks to classrooms, the athletic center, and light rail.
- Safety Precautions-You need a keycard to get into the residential parts of our buildings, and the halls have front desks staffed 24/7.
- Room for fun-Our halls have big main lounges for watching TV or playing pool, and lots of small, comfortable lounges for studying and hanging out.
- Learning oppurtunities-Living and learning communities, theme floors, and classrooms in the residence halls make learning a part of day-to-day life.