Housing & Dining

Find your home

We've worked hard to build a campus that invites you to play hard and study harder, starting by crafting a comfortable and supportive living environment for all students. Living on campus means you'll have access to dining halls, communal spaces and study areas, all on our pleasant, tree-shaded campus.

We built our housing options with the student experience in mind, meaning you'll live in comfort knowing all the resources you'll need are just outside your door. Off campus, you'll find extensive living options and a vibrant neighborhood mere steps from your classes.

 

Residence Halls

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Johnson-McFarlane

J-Mac, as it's affectionately called, sits on the south end of campus and houses two students per room. It's seated right next to a large grassy area known as J-Mac Beach, where students gather to play frisbee and soak up the abundant Colorado sunshine.

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Centennial Halls

Our largest first-year residence building, Centennial Halls is located near our campus light rail station and the Coors Fitness Center, our campus gym. Rooms in Centennial Halls house either two or three students, depending on your room assignment. Plus, there's a dining hall inside the building, so you won't have to go far for something to eat.

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Centennial Towers

Towers is shared by first- and second-year students and is our only first-year residence open during winter break. Each suite includes two bedrooms, a shared bathroom and a small kitchen, so you can be self-sufficient and independent. Because Towers is close to our light rail station, you'll have access to downtown Denver from your doorstep.

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Nelson Hall

Devoted to second-year students, Nelson offers suites of two or four bedrooms with shared bathrooms and large kitchens on several floors. The communal lounges are set up with comfortable furniture and large screen TVs if you want a cozy place to study or a spot to relax with friends. Plus, there's a dining hall inside the building.

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Nagel Hall

Equipped with a food court on the ground floor, Nagel is LEED Gold Certified for sustainability. You can choose a two-bedroom suite or an apartment with four bedrooms and a shared kitchen, and there's a food court on the bottom floor if you're hungry and your fridge is empty.

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Apartments

We have six apartment buildings for students, most of which are already furnished. These units are located close to campus and include kitchens and individual bathrooms. They're usually prioritized for third- and fourth-year undergrads.  

There are plenty of places to live off campus, too

Find your housing options!

Off-Campus Housing

  • Dorm

    An oasis of urban calm, our campus is set on 125 acres with hundreds of trees and plenty of green spaces.

  • Housing

    Our scenic campus provides ample opportunity for scenic walks that calm the mind.

  • Student in dorm

    Our students find time to relax and study in our various residence halls.

  • Hanging out

    We have three dining halls and various on-campus retail food options, along with neighborhood restaurants featuring cuisines ranging from Vietnamese to cheesesteak.

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Grab a bite to eat on campus

Learn about the dining halls, coffee shops and cafes conveniently located on campus!

Dining Options

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  • Neighborhood restaurants

    Our campus sits in an urban neighborhood dotted by a wide variety of restaurants. You'll find authentic cuisine from around the world just on our doorstep—Thai, Mediterranean, Japanese, Mexican and many others are located within a few blocks of campus. Other popular spots—The Pioneer, Crimson and Gold, and Asbury Provisions—offer pub fare, big-screen TVs broadcasting DU hockey games and places to meet other students.

    Venture just a bit further off campus and you'll find even more options, from the famous Sushi Den on South Pearl to trendy spots like Linger and Root Down in Denver's Highlands, both of which are easily accessible on public transportation or a short car ride. If you're more into the artsy, casual side of things, the Historic Five Points and South Broadway neighborhoods are about 10 minutes from campus. Denver has some of the nation's best food, and no matter your preferences, you're sure to find something appetizing.

    Check out our restaurant guide for more great options!

  • Meal plans

    Meal plans at DU are designed to accommodate your needs as a student and include $200 of meal plan cash per quarter. Here's a rundown of our four options:

    Unlimited: You'll have free access to the Nelson and Centennial dining halls, and you can use your Pioneer ID card to swipe for meals at the Nagel Hall market. It's designed for students who like to eat smaller meals more often, so you'll be able to grab food from the dining halls whenever you want.

    125 Meal Plan: You get 125 meals per quarter in the Nelson and Centennial dining halls, plus late night options. It's designed to provide you with about 12 meals per week, and it's useful if you plan to stay on campus during the weekends.

    100 Meal Plan: This plan gives you about 10 meals per week, with a total of 100 per quarter. You'll have access to all of the dining options offered by the other meal plans.

    Commuter Meal Plan: The most economical choice, this plan provides 50 meals per quarter and is designed primarily for students who don't live on campus. It's available only for commuter and upper-class students.

    DU Dining and Meal Plans

  • Special dietary options

    We gladly accommodate all dietary needs, and we encourage students to arrange a one-on-one meeting with our dining managers and nutritionists to ensure we're providing quality food that meets your nutritional requirements.

    Read more about allergy information and scheduling meetings.

Contact

 

Office of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence