University General Course Catalog 2016-2017 
    Oct 06, 2022  

Residential Life, Housing and Food Services

Living on campus can be a very special and rewarding part of your experience at the University of Nevada. By living on campus, students can enjoy the convenience of being only minutes away from classrooms, the library, and food service. The Residential Life, Housing and Food Service office provides students with a variety of living options, including seven residence halls and a graduate/professional student apartment complex.

Nevada Dining - (775) 784-1113

The Downunder Cafe offering all you care to eat meals and the D-C Store convenience store are on the west side of Virginia Street below Argenta Hall. The Overlook is located in the Jot Travis Building by Manzanita Lake and offers Starbucks specialty coffees, pizza, burgers, sandwiches and other popular foods such as sushi. Other locations include Las Trojes Express Mexican restaurant in the Ansari Business Building, The Works a Steampunk Cafe, in the Fitzgerald Student Services Building, Bytes Cafe featuring Peet’s Coffee in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Elements Cafe in the Davidson Math and Science Center, BoDawg’s Hot Dogs behind the Virginia Street Gym, and Deli NV is on the main floor of the Pennington Student Achievement Center. Students can also have Domino’s Pizza delivered to their residence hall by using their FoodBucks account. A variety of meal plans is available for both on and off campus students. For more information on meal plans, FoodBucks, or other dining services visit the Residential Life, Housing, and Food Service office in Juniper Hall, call us at (775)784-1113, or visit us online.

General Housing Policy

All admitted, full-time students are eligible to live in university residence halls. Students may apply for on-campus housing after applying for admission to the University and receiving their NSHEid#. Students do not have to be formally admitted to the University to apply for housing as assignments are made in the order the application is received. The demand for on-campus housing often exceeds the space available. Information for on-campus graduate and professional student housing is available at .

Emphasis on Academic Success

On campus housing provides an environment for students to live together, study and interact. We value student success and have the following expectations for members of our academic community:

  1. Successful completion of full time course work each semester is required to maintain housing.
  2. A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduate and 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduate students is expected of all on campus students.
  3. All students are expected to attend classes.

Living Learning Communities

For those students who qualify to live in these communities, residents enroll in a core group of classes together, receive personalized attention from their instructors, receive additional academic support, study and socialize as a group to help them gain the maximum benefit from the college experience.

Residence Halls

The residence halls are administered through the Residential Life, Housing and Food Service Office. On-campus living provides an environment which encourages academic pursuits and personal growth. There are seven residence halls on campus, with many options and types of facilities including:

Argenta Hall - This coed residence hall is composed of large triple rooms, each with a private bathroom. Each room has individually controlled heat and A/C. Laundry, TV, and study rooms are located on each floor. Argenta can be quiet yet social at the same time. Lounges are often busy and provide students with the ability to meet in large groups.

Juniper Hall - Adjacent to Manzanita Lake, Juniper is organized by suites; it houses men and women in double- and single room suites. Each single-sex suite contains a common dressing room with closet area and washbasin. Juniper has an active, social atmosphere. Students know their suitemates thanks to the common area. The main lounge is the social hub..

Nye Hall - Nye Hall houses a total of 544 men and women in single-sex, double rooms. Nye Hall features individual floor lounges and a large central laundry room. It traditionally has a lively, social atmosphere that enables residents to meet people and make new friends.

The Nevada Living and Learning Community is the home of nine different first-year living and learning communities. It houses up to 320 students in 4-6 person suites. Each suite has a common bathroom area with a vanity, separate showers and toilets, and two or three bedrooms. Designed specifically to enhance the living learning community experience, each floor has extensive common area space dedicated for academic and social pursuits. The ground floor includes 4 classrooms and 12 faculty offices. In order to reside in the building you must also complete the separate Living Learning Community application and be accepted into one of the communities.

Peavine Hall - Peavine Hall is our newest residence hall, housing students in triple rooms. Room options include six-person, 2 bedroom suites with shared bathroom or triple occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. Peavine Hall has a large outdoor courtyard for relaxing, an indoor recreation room, and TV and study lounges on each floor. This wellness-themed hall offers programs and activities focusing on the development of the whole student.

Canada Hall - Canada Hall houses 223 residents in spacious, apartment-style suites. Each suite has three large bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen area.  Suites have individually controlled heat/air conditioning in each bedroom. Canada Hall offers returning and transfer students a great, low-key living environment. It’s the ideal transition for those students ready to move beyond the traditional residence hall while remaining on campus.

Sierra Hall - Sierra Hall features four different living options. The hall is single-sex by room, and each has it’s own bathroom and shower. The second floor lounge offers weekday breakfast for meal plan holders. Its quiet floors provide an ideal atmosphere for academics.

How to Apply for Housing

On-campus housing assignments are made for new students by date, in the order in which their housing license agreements and initial payment are received. For the best chance of being assigned to the hall of your choice or with a requested roommate apply by February 1. Application received after April 1 may be assigned on a space available basis.

For additional information, visit our website at or email or write to the University of Nevada, Residential Life, Housing and Food Service, Juniper Hall / 0060, Reno, NV 89557, or call (775) 784-1113.

Graduate and Professional Housing

Ponderosa Village is a community designed for the dedicated graduate or professional student who desire a quiet, studious environment and wants to live near classrooms, the library, and other University buildings. It is a walkable community whether you are heading across campus, to the recreation facilities, or downtown.

The community offers one- and two-bedroom apartment homes and a variety of features and amenities:

  • High speed wired and wireless internet (included in the rent)
  • Water, trash, sewer (included in the rent)
  • Pet friendly*
  • Side by side washer & dryer
  • Privacy locks on bedroom doors
  • Full size GE energy Efficient kitchen appliance package
  • Maple wood shaker-style cabinets
  • Granite inspired counter tops
  • Furnish unit options through Cort Furniture
  • Wood plank vinyl flooring
  • Bicycle racks
  • Two Bedroom units can be rented by the unit or bedroom

Other Housing Options

After the residence halls, students may want to consider renting space in university-owned properties managed by the Real Estate Office. Properties available include single-family-style houses and an apartment-style building.

For listings, call (775) 784-4180 or visit the Real Estate Office website.

Need Help with a Landlord?

ASUN offers undergraduate students access to legal advice through its Legal Services program.

Private Housing is available off-campus

While living in campus residence halls is usually the best option of Nevada students, it is important to note that off-campus housing is readily available around the University and in the larger Reno-Sparks area.

Students and parents may use the alphabetized list of search engines and listings websites available at

All rental agreements are made between the parties involved and the University does not assume responsibility in this area.