Argenta Hall

Emergency housing after the Argenta Hall explosion: Ongoing updates

In response to the explosion that occurred Friday, July 5 that damaged Argenta and Nye Halls, we are relocating summer housing to Peavine Hall, until further notice. Any Argenta Hall summer residents can report to Peavine Hall. Housing assignments for Fall 2019 are delayed at this time. Student Services is continuing to work diligently on getting these assignments completed as soon as possible.

A list of frequently asked questions about the event can be found on Nevada Today. Check back for regular updates.

Argenta Hall lounge

Civic engagement in Argenta Hall is all about being actively involved in enhancing the immediate campus community and greater Reno community in a way that makes residents part of something bigger than themselves.  It means taking a step back from your own life and using your privilege to improve the lives of others in the community through service.  While making a direct impact on the community around them, residents have the opportunity to learn more about themselves through self and group reflection.  While living in Argenta Hall, residents can become part of a community that gives back and inspiring their peers to do the same.

This civic engagement themed residence hall is composed of large triple-occupancy rooms, each with a private bathroom, as well as individually controlled heat and A/C. Each floor is equipped with laundry facilities, televisions, and study rooms. Lounges provide space to accommodate large groups and programs.

Three features that make Argenta Hall different:

  1. The Argenta Hall Civic Engagement - themed community provides residents with an opportunity to place a priority on service and becoming involved in their campus and/or regional community.
  2. Each resident will participate in service in the campus and/or regional community based on their personal passions and interests.
  3. Many of the programs and activities in the building will provide students with opportunities to interact with and provide service to one of the building's community partners.

Hall Features

  • Seven (7) floors, housing up to 750 residents
  • Main lounge on Mezzanine Level
  • Television and quiet-study lounges on every floor
  • Laundry and vending facilities
  • Front desk open 24 hours/day during academic sessions
  • Wireless internet in all rooms and common spaces (wired options in each room)
  • Downunder Café located on the ground floor

Room Layouts & Features

  • Same-gender rooms, coed floors
  • Bed to Bathroom Ratio of 3 to 1 (1 bedroom with 3 beds) and one bathroom to be shared by all 3 students
  • Each resident has a single oak bed with 80" long mattress (beds may be bunked)
  • Each resident has a desk, chair, and dresser
  • Two bookcases
  • Window coverings on all windows
  • Wastebasket

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.) Do I have to participate in the civic engagement theme if I live in Argenta Hall?

  • Yes.  Argenta Hall is reserved for students wanting to focus on Civic Engagement, so it is a community expectation that all residents take part in a service opportunity for the campus and/or regional community

2.) If I am already doing community service...will that count?

  • Yes.  Our goal is to have every student in Argenta Hall involved in some form of community service.  How they complete their community service is an individual choice.  Some ways that it may be completed include:
    • Participation in a hall-sponsored program or activity with one of the Argenta Hall community partners.
    • Participation in service a student completes for a class or club they are involved in.
    • Participation in service the student does on their own.

3.) What if I don't want to participate in the civic engagement theme?

  • Participation in the civic engagement theme is a community expectation for all Argenta residents. if you do not want to participate, please consider living in one of our other wonderful residence halls. 

4.) Who checks to make sure that I complete my service?

  • Professional and student staff will work with you throughout the year to help you achieve your civic engagement goals.

5.) What if I don't achieve all of my civic engagement goals?

  • We hope that students challenge themselves enough that they may not be able to accomplish their goals.  The hall staff will support and challenge you to continually re-evaluate your goals and consider new experiences throughout the academic year.

6.) Are there required programs to attend?

  • Monthly community meetings are required in all of our halls, but there are no specific civic engagement programs that require attendance.  However, we hope you will take advantage of many of the programs and activities that will be offered within your hall.

7.) What are some examples of service projects that Argenta Hall residents have done in conjunction with their community partners?

  • Kiwanis Bike Club
    - Residents helped teach children how to ride a bike.
  • Food Bank of Northern Nevada
    - Residents sorted food to be distributed across the state for citizens who are food insecure.
  • Nevada Humane Society
    - Residents created tie-blankets to be donated to the animals in the shelter.
  • Children's Cabinet
    - Residents made Christmas cards to be distributed to youth living in poverty.


Room and furniture dimensions

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Layout of Argenta Hall rooms

Layout and sizing of Argenta Hall rooms

Argenta Hall floor plan

Argenta Hall floor plan

Meet the Argenta Hall Staff!

Explore Argenta Hall

Argenta Hall front
South side of Argenta Hall
Students hanging out in Argenta Hall room and bathroom area
Argenta Hall lounge
Students eating at the Downunder Café

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