Another way that students can benefit from living on campus is to participate in a UNM/RLSH-sponsored Living Learning Community. The Living Learning Program includes 15 Living Learning Communities for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. These communities offer students the opportunity to learn and grow within a specialized community that focuses on a particular area of interest or study. To learn more about the Living Learning Program, click here.
*Benefits of living on campus are determined by an annual satisfaction survey. Results of the 2011 Residence Life and Student Housing satisfaction survey indicate that a significant majority of residents experienced the above benefits of living in the Residence Life and Student Housing residence halls.
Students that live in on campus residence halls benefit from the many conveniences that the university offers: easy access to classes, food, recreational facilities, programs and activities. Studies from universities across the nation show that students that live on campus at any point during their post-secondary education are more involved in campus life and are more likely to complete their education.
Statistics gathered from 2006 to 2010 by UNM Enrollment Management show that overall, student residents did perform better than those that chose to live off campus (see findings below). The overall GPA for freshmen living on campus was 2.69, compared to 2.61 for off-campus freshmen. Sophomores scored higher, with on-campus residents achieving a 3.18 overall and off-campus sophomores scoring a 2.90.
Students credit their higher GPA’s to a sense of community, class connection and the shared experience with other students living and attending classes on campus. When asked what role living on campus had in her success as a college student, one resident said, “I think that convenience does play a big role, but I think it is more the integration into the greater UNM community; I feel like I am more invested in my education.” Living around other students keeps residents more focused and motivates them to study more.
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*A drop in GPAs in the Spring semester for freshmen over the five consecutive years of data is believed by UNM CAPS staff to be attributed to the freshman tendency to enroll in easier classes in the fall in order to qualify for Lottery Scholarships. They then enroll in harder classes in the Spring which results in a slightly lower GPA. This trend was found to be the same for all freshmen, regardless of where they resided.
Students living in the University residence halls have access to the following services and amenities at no additional charge:
Several of the free services and amenities listed above are available 24-hours, every day of the week (including holidays). This includes the following:
In addition to the free services and amenities listed above, residents have access to three recreational areas where students can hang out, play games and more. These areas include the Cellar in Hokona Hall, the Underground in Coronado Hall, and The RVA Hut.
The Hokona Cellar hosts several pool tables, in addition to video and gaming accessories. The Cellar AV system include the following: blue ray disc players, HD projectors, XM radio, cable, and stereo surround speakers.
The Coronado Underground is equipped with surround sound, leather seating, X-box gaming system, DVD player and cable. It also has a pool and ping-pong table available.
Our residence halls are conveniently located near amenities both on and off campus. The following services and amenities are within a 10-minute walk of all the residence halls: