University General Course Catalog 2018-2019 
    Dec 02, 2021  

Residential Life, Housing and Food Services

Living on campus can be a very enriching 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 eight 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 food truck near the Pennington Student Achievement Center, Pathways in the Center for Molecular Medicine, and Deli NV 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 are 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.


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 NSHE ID#. 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


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

  • Successful completion of a full-time course load each semester is required.
  • A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduate students is required.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduate students is required.
  • All students are expected to attend classes.


Students who qualify to live in these communities 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 gain the maximum benefit from the college experience.


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 eight residence halls on campus, with many options and types of facilities including:

Argenta Hall - This civic engagement themed 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. Civic engagement in Argenta Hall is all about being actively involved in enhancing the immediate campus community and greater Reno community in a way that makes residents part of something bigger than themselves. It means taking a step back from your own life and using your privilege to improve the lives of others in the community through service. Residents have the opportunity to learn more about themselves through self and group reflection, while making a direct impact on the community around them. While living in Argenta Hall, residents can become part of a community that gives back, while inspiring their peers to do the same.

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. Juniper Hall has the largest number of single rooms.

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 - This wellness-themed hall offers programs and activities focusing on the development of the well-rounded individuals. It also features Gold LEED design. Single sex room options include 4 or six person, 2 bedroom suites with shared bathroom or triple occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. Double occupancy rooms may be available as well. Peavine Hall has a large outdoor courtyard for relaxing, an indoor recreation room, and TV and study lounges on each floor. 

Great Basin Hall - Great Basin Hall is a STEM-themed community promoting academic success within the following disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This residence hall is designed with primarily suite style living arrangements. The majority of these suites can accommodate four residents in two bedrooms, with a common bathroom. Building amenities include a computer lab and innovation lab/workspace for project designs. Eligible students for Great Basin Hall must be enrolled in a STEM focused academic program.

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 its own bathroom and shower. The first floor offers a conference room, recreation room, and TV lounge. The second floor lounge offers weekday breakfast for meal plan holders. Its quiet floors provide an ideal atmosphere for academics. Sierra Hall is a great choice for upperclass and transfer students.


On-campus housing assignments are made for new students by date, in the order in which their housing license agreement 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. A wait list will begin when applications exceed available spaces. 

For additional information, visit our website at, 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.


Ponderosa Village is a community designed for the dedicated graduate or professional student who desires 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
  • Furnished unit options through Cort Furniture
  • Wood plank vinyl flooring
  • Bicycle racks
  • Two-bedroom units can be rented by the unit or bedroom