Living at DU

Support & community

Our students make up the heart of DU's campus, collaborating with faculty, staff and each other to ensure they have a community that reflects and honors their diversity. They enjoy access to meals that meet all their dietary needs, as well as health and academic support that allows them to flourish. Set in a vibrant residential neighborhood with access to all Denver has to offer, you'll experience the benefits of a tight-knit liberal arts school and a big-city university at the same time.

You'll build friendships with students from around the world in student housing. Our academic support services ensure you have expert help on a huge range of topics. Professional on-campus health and counseling services will help you stay healthy and comfortable in your new home.

Our dining hall provides made-from-scratch meals using local and sustainable ingredients, covering cuisines from Mediterranean to Chinese. Abundant vegetarian, vegan and allergy-friendly options ensure everyone has plenty of choices.

Food options mere steps away from campus range from pizza to Thai and Lebanese, and with the rest of the city a bicycle or train ride away, you'll have the the opportunity to take advantage of Denver's growing and diverse cultural scene. Whether your tastes run toward taco trucks or tasting menus, thrift stores or boutiques, museums or mosh pits, Denver offers excitement and inspiration.

Our students' passion and involvement make our community truly special. From the moment you're welcomed to campus, you'll contribute your thoughts and your voice, blazing a trail that will help lead our dynamic and diverse community into the future. We look forward to you joining us.

Campus Features

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    Classic Beauty

    Our buildings date back as far as the 1890s, with construction from the 1930s, 1950s and early 21st century all meshing to create a gorgeous and unified campus.

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    Modern Design

    We've opened 19 new academic, residential and administrative buildings since 1997.

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    Environmental Commitment

    We reduced our carbon footprint by 27 percent between 2006 and 2015, even as campus square footage grew by 9 percent. 

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    Originally designed as an arboretum, our tree-lined campus offers extensive space for outdoor activities.

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    The Newman Center for the Performing Arts hosts more than 400 theater, music and dance performances a year, from student plays to internationally touring musicians.

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    Participate in sport and fitness activities at the Ritchie Center, which serves as a venue for many of our club and intramural sports. It also houses the Coors Fitness Center, where swimmers and ice skaters can take advantage of the Olympic-sized pool and the Joy Burns Arena.

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    Our dining halls offer made-from-scratch meals that can be customized to meet any dietary need.

Green Room Certification for a Sustainable Campus

Housing & Dining

First- and second-year students live on campus and have meal plans for their first two years. It's one of the most memorable parts of the DU experience. More than a place to sleep, residence halls provide the perfect setting for developing friendships and building communities with students from across the globe.

That community building often happens over meals at our dining hall and variety of retail dining options. With a commitment to responsible sourcing, scratch cooking and dietary sensitivity, we provide food that's not just delicious, but that takes into account the health of individual students and the planet. Our chef will gladly confer with any student about their dietary needs, making sure to address any concerns before that student arrives on campus.

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You can't think on an empty stomach

We have many on-campus dining options.

Our Dining Options

Transportation Options

We're centrally located in the city of Denver, with easy access to its colorful and lively neighborhoods by foot and bicycle. Quality public transportation makes exploring other parts of the city a breeze. Some students also choose to bring their cars to campus.

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Public Transportation

Denver has an excellent public transportation system that connects DU to the entire city. Of central importance is the light rail, which has a stop adjacent to campus. The light rail offers easy access to destinations all over Denver, from downtown to the airport and suburbs. Plus, the city's extensive bus system covers all of Denver and offers options to travel as far as Boulder, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.

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Bicycling & Walking

DU's neighborhood is perfectly suited for walking and biking. The variety of nearby resources means you can often find what you need a brief walk from campus. We also have a thriving bike-share program and supporting services, including student bike mechanics, bike fix stations and even showers for bicycle commuters.

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Cars on Campus

Parking is available on campus for those who choose to bring their cars. If you don't bring your car but want access to a vehicle for occasional use, we have several car share options, some offering discounts for students. We also have options to set up carpools with other students.

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Everyone's Safety Is A Priority

Learn about campus safety at DU

Campus Safety

Health & Counseling Services

Physical and mental health problems can derail a student's college experience. We combat that by providing physical and mental health services through our Health and Counseling Center. The center offers integrated and inclusive healthcare so students can maximize their opportunities at DU. Health and Counseling Center services are available to all students.

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Medical services offered by the Health & Counseling Center include:

  • Routine care
  • Urgent care
  • Travel health
  • Immunizations
  • Women's health
  • Pharmacy

We provide counseling to help students cope with many issues, including depression, substance abuse, grief and academic motivation

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Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Empowerment

The Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Empowerment (CAPE) supports survivors of gender-based violence by advocating for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment. Services include:

  • Education on options and resources
  • Assistance with reporting and navigating University, medical, criminal and legal systems
  • Help arranging academic accommodations
  • Referrals for individual and/or group counseling

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Disability Services

We're dedicated to giving students with disabilities the opportunity to participate in our programs, courses and activities. We provide accommodations at no cost to students with documented disabilities. Services include:

  • Test accommodations (examples: extended time, minimal distraction)
  • Alternate format texts and materials
  • Early registration, course substitutions and classroom changes
  • Note takers, sign language/oral interpreters
  • Referrals to other services and programs

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Anderson Academic Commons

The 154,000-square-foot Anderson Academic Commons is home to our main library and doubles as headquarters for our academic support services. The Academic Commons holds nearly eight linear miles of library collections and provides access to hundreds of databases. With plentiful group study rooms, computers and the Front Porch Café, Anderson serves as the center of our academic life.