Living on Campus

Learn & Engage, Get Social

Ready for a campus life experience that fits your goals, expectations and interests? At UNC, you’ll find your home-sweet-home and favorite study spots, and you’ll make lifelong friends and get to know an eclectic community that reflects your deepest interests.

Residential Learning Communities

Living with others who share your interests and goals can help you broaden your horizons and perceptions, gain academic depth and build connections that will enrich your education. UNC’s learning or interest-based communities offer you these options and unique residential programs:

Interest-Based Communities
Academic-Based Communities
Faculty-In-Residence Program

Learn about other cultures while fostering your interest in the global community or connect with students who share your leadership goals. Selecting an interest-based community can deepen your campus living experience and offer rich opportunities.

Global Village

Focus on international living and exploring college experiences with a global lens. You’ll live with domestic and international students interested in studying abroad, and explore culture through food exchanges—and you’ll create connections that last a lifetime.

Spectrum

This safe zone is a supportive community that engages in an open dialogue about identity and is supported by the GLBTA Office. Spectrum is a safe space for students who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Queer and Questioning, as well as other identities and their allies.

First Generation

The First Generation residential learning community builds a bridge from home to a university academic experience for first generation students, with a small student-to-staff ratio, intentional programming, mentoring and leadership development.

Women’s Community

Reserved for all women, this community allows students to form a support network and explore women’s issues. You and your peers will form study groups, create long-lasting relationships and find support by partnering with the Women’s Resource Center.

Transfer Community

You and other transfer students can connect with each other, will have access to campus resources, develop networking skills, and can easily seek assistance in major selection or other career advice.

Pet-Friendly

Going to college doesn’t necessarily mean leaving your favorite four-legged friend behind. Check out our pet-friendly community, one of the first to gain national interest for a pet-permitted campus community.

Leadership

Got leadership? If leadership is your passion, this learning community gives you the opportunity to connect with other leadership students and faculty, and access to clubs and organizations that are invested in community. Students living in this community have the option to be co-enrolled in LEAD 100.

Academic-Based Communities allow you to develop relationships with students with similar academic interests and majors. You’ll interact with faculty outside of the classroom, form study groups and develop your academic skills. In many of these communities you’ll have the unique opportunity to take a course or more with people living on your floor.

Biology

Here you may have the opportunity to help with research, meet faculty for mentoring outside the classroom and have access to tutoring. Students living in this community will also be co-enrolled in BIO 110.

Honors, Scholars and Leaders

This community provides students who are in the Presidential Leadership Program or the Honors Program to live together in a small tight-knit community. Students in this community will be co-enrolled in HON 100 and have a great connection to honors faculty members all across campus.

Pre-Nursing

Declared pre-nursing majors who want to live in a cooperative learning environment will be co-enrolled in BIO 110, which will make it easy to form study groups. Students will have opportunities to volunteer in the community and form closer relationship with nursing advisors.

Pre-Health

If you’re a pre-nursing major who wants to live in a cooperative learning environment, you’ll want to consider this community. Your co-enrollment in BIO-110 makes it easy to form study groups, offers opportunities to volunteer in the community and helps you form closer relationships with nursing advisors.

Cumbres

The Cumbres program allows students exploring education with an ESL endorsement special access to advising and other support services. You must be enrolled in the Cumbres program to participate in this residential community. Students are co-enrolled in multiple courses determined on a semester-by-semester basis.

Monfort College of Business

If you’re a declared business major, or you’re considering a business degree, you’ll live with students who want to explore a variety of business experiences, develop connections with student clubs for business majors, and form relationships with faculty mentors outside of the classroom. Students in this community will be co-enrolled in BA 150.

Elementary Education

Students with the major of ISET/Elementary Education form connections with other future teachers and are co-enrolled in EDEL 198, MATH 181, and a GEOG 110/100 Course. You and your peers will have the chance to form study groups and volunteer in the community while having special access to elementary education professors and advisors.

Sustainability

This hybrid interest and academic community allows for students to develop their interests in environmental sustainability. Focused on developing a high quality experience for all students while keeping the environment in mind, this community enrolls students together in ENST 100, which allows them to explore the academic focus of their interest.

Performing & Visual Arts

This community has no formal co-enrollment, but students often share similar course schedules. Students explore the arts in many different ways, with their common interests in the arts.

LEAP

Learning through Engaging and Authentic Practices (LEAP) brings together students interested in pre-health majors. A two-week summer bridge program provides a research-intensive experience combined with a cohort living and learning experience, strong academic advising and professional development designed to promote long-term success. Students living in this community will be co-enrolled in BIO 110 and Chem 111.

UNC’s Faculty-in-Residence program allows faculty to live in residence halls and sponsor activities with students, such as ski trips, Avalanche hockey games, baking cookies and international film nights. It’s a great opportunity for both students and faculty to build understanding and strengthen academic aspirations.

Learn more about UNC' Faculty-in-Residence program

Residence Halls

Choose a residence hall that reflects your academic goals or interests, with great amenities, opportunities, events and activities. And don’t be surprised if you choose to live on campus throughout your college experience. UNC even offers a hall that allows pets (seriously cool).

UNC’s residence halls offer an apartment-style vibe, great amenities, interest- and academic- based communities and close access to classes. Living on campus allows you to build a support system of peers and get involved, and it’s big factor in a first-year student’s success.

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Central Campus

Central Campus residence halls accommodate from 28 students to 282 students. This is where you’ll find historical architecture that’s been fully renovated. Central Campus residents are close to Tobey-Kendel Dining Room, the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, Skinner Music Library and the University Center.

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Note: the housing contract for the 2017-18 academic year will open December 1, 2016.

West Campus

Located west of the University Center, residence halls on West Campus accommodate more than 2,000 students who have easy access to Holmes Dining Hall, the Campus Recreation Center, Frisbee golf area, intramural playing fields, Michener Library and Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

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Note: the housing contract for the 2016-17 academic year will open December 1, 2015.

Dining On-Campus

Your on-campus dining options feature meals prepared by four award-winning chefs and their cadre of 50+ supporting cooks, catering to dietary needs that range from vegetarian to food sensitivities.

There’s Tobey-Kendel (aka, TK) Dining Room, Holmes Dining Hall and the University Center Food Court which includes retail dining options Einstein Bros® Bagels, Subway®, Munchy Mart, Bears Mo’Jo Coffee Co., Sushi with Gusto® and Bears Bistro. And you’ll find handy Coffee Corners in three locations across campus.

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MEET Matthew Doyle, Registered Dietitian

A healthy lifestyle is key to being the best you can be at work and play. A healthy eating plan helps you get the most out of life.

Looking for healthy options? Check out The DASH, a special line in both Holmes Dining Hall and Tobey-Kendel Dining Room. In addition to offering healthy choices, it’s also free of the most common allergens.

We also offer students the ability to look up nutrition labels for most of the items we serve in the dining rooms, as well as online menus and special themes and offerings.

And, if you have a dietary need or question, we can help. Contact our Registered Dietitian, Matthew Doyle at (970) 351-1961 or matthew.doyle@unco.edu to make an appointment.

Chef Aran Essig

UNC’s Executive Chef for Dining Services/Catering was honored Monday, January 21, 2008 with the Culinarians’ Code award from the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association (ACFCCA).

Your Feast

Prepared by four award-winning chefs

Whether you’re grabbing a morning mocha before class, or you’re sitting down to dinner with friends, you’ll find lots of options without eating up a lot of time and money. Our dining halls offer feasts fit for a Bear—from pizza to pasta and salad to sushi.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

At UNC, Blue and Gold = Green, and you’ll love how Bears care for the earth.

UNC has been named a Tree Campus USA and is one of four recipients of the City of Greeley’s first Environmental Stewardship Awards, which recognize individuals and businesses for outstanding efforts and strategies for protecting the environment. Check out Sustainable UNC for more information about UNC’s commitment to green housing and sustainable living.

  • Blue combination bins for plastic and aluminum recycling, trash disposal, and paper recycling on campus
    Since 2001, UNC has increased its recycling of paper, cardboard and other items from 103,000 pounds annually to more than 521,000 pounds.
  • Multiple unlit incandescent bulbs hanging by electrical cord accompanied by one lit compact fluorescent light
    The campus has cut its natural gas and electricity consumption by more than 15 percent since 2002 through the use of energy-efficient equipment and energy-conservation practices.
  • Illustration of the world with a blurred horizon in the background with butterflies and tree leaves
    To learn more about how you can become more environmentally friendly, read the publication “20 Ways to Go Green @ School & in Life.”