The student living options are taking wing at the University of Oregon as recent years have seen the opening of new halls with more to come in the near future. The first piece of this growth was DeNorval Unthank Jr. Hall, which opened for the 2021 academic year. Named for the first Black graduate of Oregon's college architecture program, the hall includes a full slate of modern amenities such as private bathrooms, floor lounges, laundry rooms on each floor, music practice rooms, and a community kitchen. It hosts the PNW Market, which has nine different dining options. It also supports a variety of academic programs. Hall residents are members of academic residential communities for Women in Science and Math and Sustainable Cities and the Public Good programs as well as the First-Generation Community and the First-Year Explorers Community. These programs include faculty-in-residence as well as faculty fellows.
Unthank Hall is also home to the campus's Student Welcome Center. This is where campus tours begin and also includes three different built-to-scale residence hall rooms for potential students to experience. There is also a virtual reality headset room that lets students see 360-degree photos of additional room types and amenities.
Two more halls, as yet unnamed, will round out the updated student neighborhood when they open later this year. One of the halls will house approximately 700 students in a traditional residence hall format with a mix of double and triple rooms, each with a private bathroom. It will be the home to the Performing Artists Collective and the Clark Honors College academic residential communities. It will also host the campus's package locker delivery center. The other hall will be apartment-style and house approximately 400 students in their second year and above. It will include a mix of four-bedroom apartments and some single-occupancy studio units.
— James A. Baumann