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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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.

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Dimond Family Residential Village

The Dimond Family Residential Village will be opening in the Fall of 2020 as a new first year student residence hall at the University of Denver. Each room in the Dimond Family Residential Village accommodates two students, with furniture and closet space for each. Large bathrooms are shared by each floor.

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Centennial Towers

Centennial Towers is home to many of our second-year students. 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. 

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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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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.  

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There are plenty of places to live off campus, too

Find your housing options!

Off-Campus Housing

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

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

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

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    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

Dining options

  • 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 $300 of meal plan cash per quarter. Here's a rundown of our four options:

    175 Meal Plan: You'll have access to 175 meals per quarter at the Nelson dining hall, and you can use your Pioneer ID card to swipe for meals at the Nagel Hall market. This plan is 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.

    150 Meal Plan: You get 150 meals per quarter in the Nelson and Centennial dining halls, plus late-night options. It's designed to provide you with about 15 meals per week, and is useful if you plan to stay on campus during the weekends.

    125 Meal Plan: This plan gives you about 12 meals per week, with a total of 125 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, and comes with $300 in meal plan cash. Students also have the option of purchasing a 10-meal commuter plan from the ID card office. 

    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.