University secures interim housing for 2020-2021 school year

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Nearly 8 months after an explosion rocked the University of Nevada, Reno, damaging two student dorms, the university has secured two interim housing facilities.

Canyon Flats located at 661 North Center Street

University officials announced Tuesday, February 18, 2020 that they signed contracts to house students at Uncommon Reno, located at 1669 North Virginia Street, and Canyon Flats, located at 661 North Center Street.

Canyon Flats will house about 506 university students, and residential staff, and Uncommon Reno will house approximately 330 university students and residential staff.

Nye Hall, which was damaged in the July 5, 2019 Argenta Hall explosion, will reopen in August 2020 offering an additional 530 beds to students. Argenta Hall will remain under construction and is on track to reopen in August 2021.

“Our entire Wolf Pack community will forever be grateful to Eldorado Resorts for working with us so quickly to help us provide a comprehensive University residential life experience to 1,300 students after the events that unfolded last July,” Shannon Ellis, vice president for the University’s Division of Student Services, said. “Given how well it worked to lease and operate an entire building as our own, we set out to find spaces that could accommodate a similar need for a smaller group of students. We are excited about the housing options for the next school year and believe students and their families will be as well.”

The combined payment under the lease agreements for Canyon Flats and Uncommon Reno will cost approximately $10.1 million for the 2020-2021 academic year. This amount will be paid primarily from insurance proceeds. Housing rates will remain consistent with the University’s currently published rates.

Canyon Flats and Uncommon Reno will offer apartment-style units with housing options ranging from studios to four-bedroom apartments. All apartments are furnished, and limited free on-site parking is provided under the lease agreements.

Both housing facilities will include a full-size washer and dryer in each unit, live-in academic mentors offering tutoring hours and resident assistants on each floor, and designated study areas, among other things.

The university says students interested in applying for housing, including Canyon Flats and Uncommon Reno, can indicate their residence hall choices in one of two ways: The first is by order of preference via a supplemental application for students who already applied to housing that will be sent directly to them; the second, students who have not yet applied to housing can indicate their choice when they sign up on While there are no cut-off dates for housing, students are encouraged to apply by May 15, 2020.

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Uncommon Reno located at 1669 North Virginia Street