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2010.01.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

New Student Housing at UNO Approved at Jan. 22 Regents Meeting

Omaha - The University of Nebraska Board of Regents today approved a new student housing development at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), scheduled to open by the fall 2011 semester.

The new facility will provide housing for 480 students and be built on UNO’s Pacific Street campus. It will consist of four, three-story facilities south of Scott Village. The project is estimated to cost $23 million and is expected to have significant private donor support.

“As the University of Nebraska at Omaha continues to develop during its second 100 years of service, it’s critical to provide student housing opportunities,” said John Christensen, UNO chancellor. “Our community continues to recognize and support how important student housing and student life issues are for UNO. Having that support is critical for our state’s metropolitan university.”

A new parking lot is also part of the construction project, adding 248 stalls for the facility’s student residents. Students will also park in lots shared by Scott Village and Scott Hall.

UNO currently has four student housing developments, totaling just over 1,600 beds: Scott Residence Hall (168 beds) and Scott Village (480 beds), at UNO’s Pacific Street campus; and University Village (576 beds) and Maverick Village (384 beds), at UNO’s Dodge Street campus. About 10 percent of UNO’s 15,000-plus undergraduate students live on campus. Adding 480 beds will bring the percentage of students who live on campus up to 13 percent. Most metropolitan universities provide housing opportunities for 15 to 20 percent of their student population to live on campus.

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