By Karen Morfitt

DENVER (CBS4)– The University of Colorado Denver is adding to their campus with the addition of a first-year student housing building. An on campus residence is the one thing current students say is missing from the urban campus.

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“This is a huge commuter campus, especially having three colleges here in the same space it is hard to get that community feel,” one student said.

“Being a transfer student from out of state it was really hard to find housing it was very stressful to commute as well,” Sophie Storey said.

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With a vote of approval from the CU Board of Regents, planning officials will soon break ground in the middle of the downtown campus.

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Cary Weatherford, the director of institutional planning for the University of Colorado Denver says by the year 2021, a portion of the athletic field on Larimer Street will be home for their new students.

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“You’re going to see a 550-bed first year residence hall with dining,” said Weatherford.

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The student housing the school offers now is away from campus and Weatherford says fits better for students a few years into their education.

“First year is a really important time for our students and getting a first year housing building right in our neighborhood is going to get them off to a good start it will help them build that community,” he said.

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While current students will not benefit from the addition, it is not keeping them from celebrating for those who will.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for new students,” Storey said.

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Karen Morfitt