Student housing at UH has come a long way, from the corrugated spaces that housed returning veterans in the 1940s to the innovative learning communities offered today. Living on campus is tied to academic success.
"One of the things we know is that proximity matters. If you're spending a lot of your time driving to and from campus, you're not going to be able to use that time studying, getting involved with organizations or meeting friends for a study group," said Don Yackley, Executive Director for Student Housing and Residential Life. "Living on campus helps raise the level of involvement in academics, organizations and events on campus."
Yackley says with the addition of two new residential facilities—Cougar Village II and Cougar Place—a possible 8,000 students may live on campus.
"Residential experiences will be available to more students than ever before," he said. "That means opportunities to live in closer proximity to their classes, closer proximity to their advisors, to student success services, student affairs services, and student enrollment services."
Yackley says the two leading factors for student success are interacting with other students and interacting with faculty and staff.
Artist's rendering of the new Cougar Place
"There are some theme communities and learning communities in the residences, for example, the Honors' Medicine and Society program," he said. "Those students choose to live in proximity to each other in the complex. They're taking similar courses together and studying for similar exams."
"So we do all we can within the facility to encourage student interaction and student success. We're kinda proud of it," Yackley said.
Living on Campus is part of what's happening at the University of Houston.