We realize students and their families are navigating a lot during this pandemic and may have additional questions. Residential Life, Housing and Food Services staff are available to help alleviate possible concerns and the help answer questions. Contact us at housing@unr.edu or by phone at (775 784-1113.


Enhanced health and safety measures

Across our facilities, we are implementing the following to increase health and safety of residents and staff.

  • Barriers in public spaces. Barriers at public facing spaces (e.g., front desks).
  • Hand sanitizers. Hand sanitizer in all building entrances.
  • Common areas and social distancing. Common area furniture spaced and thinned out to maximize social distancing.
  • Face coverings. Staff are provided the required face masks to wear when interacting with others.
  • Social distancing signage. Additional signage in all common areas to reinforce social and physical distancing.
  • Quarantine spaces. Designated quarantine spaces for students who have nowhere else to go should they be diagnosed with COVID-19.

Janitorial and housekeeping services

The University has hired a service to deep clean all residence halls prior to new students moving in. Enhanced touchpoint cleaning will be in place with more frequent, CDC-recommended cleaning agents.

High touchpoint areas in include the following:

  • door knobs and handles
  • faucet handles
  • elevator buttons
  • soap dispenser levers
  • paper towel dispenser controls
  • light switches

Additional touchpoint areas in dining facilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • surfaces and edges of tables 
  • handrails and backs of chairs
  • condiment pumps
  • water spigots
  • cereal dispensers
  • refrigerator and appliance handles

Our cleaning processes have been evaluated and are in line with recommended best practices to address this virus.

Cleaning rooms

If and when a student is sick, they will be relocated to another space until they can get tested for COVID-19 by the Student Health Center.  When the student returns to their space (after testing negative for COVID) or transitions off campus or to a quarantine space (after testing positive for COVID), the room where they were residing will be cleaned and disinfected with chemicals approved by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The same will be the case for quarantine rooms when vacated.

In addition, our janitorial staff will utilize a Victory Electrostatic Gun to disinfect the space. This electrostatic gun is designed for janitorial staff not to touch or wipe surfaces (dependent on solution spraying). This provides a fast and effective application method, thoroughly covering surfaces while using less solution. This equipment uses VIREX-PLUS, a disinfecting chemical approved by the CDC & EPA to work on COVID-19. The Victory Electrostatic Gun is used to supplement disinfecting rooms to address COVID-19 in the U.S. and throughout the world.


Dining services

All of the dining venues across campus will remain open and provide essential services. For the most up-to-date location hours, check Nevada Dining.

  • Grab-and-go service. All food is being served in a grab-and-go format so students may take their food to-go and eat in the location of their choosing.
  • Hand sanitizer stations. Extra hand sanitizer stations have been added to all dining locations.
  • Payment options. Most venues only accept Wolf Card or credit/debit cards (cash transactions are limited).
  • Credit card machine cleaning. Credit card machines will be wiped down regularly.
  • Self-service locations. Formerly self-service locations, such as salad bars and soup stations, will be staffed by Nevada Dining staff members.
  • Students who are ill. If students are feeling ill, they are asked to contact a Residential Life, Housing, and Food Services staff member so we can help coordinate getting food to them.
  • Possible delivery options. We continue to explore various food delivery options to reduce congregating at dining venues.


Residential life

Residential Life staff will continue to ensure residence halls are safe and secure and promote a healthy environment for students to focus on their academics. This includes doing rounds, as well as our on-call rotation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Room occupancy. All residence halls will offer only single and double occupancy rooms; with corresponding housing charges (for example, a student assigned to a single room will be charged that rate, a student assigned to a double, triple, or quadruple room will only have one roommate and be charged the double rate. For a detailed list of our rates, please visit the Housing and Dining Rates page.
  • Staff training. All staff will undergo regular training related to COVID-19; including what should occur if a student is sick (whether diagnosed with COVID-19 or not).
  • Activities and social distancing. While larger Residential Life programming events will scale back to promote social distancing, residents should expect activities to be announced for smaller, distanced group settings to help students connect in-person.
  • Communications. Residents can expect their student staff members to be reaching out via digital technologies for group chats. We also encourage students to frequently check their University email.
  • Staff support. Full-time and student staff will continue to be available for support and engagement, though they may be doing so via digital platforms.
  • Cleaning. Enhanced cleaning agents are available at every desk for resident check-out.


Residence hall move-in

As we look to welcome almost 3,000 students to the residence halls this fall semester, it is important to balance ease of moving in with social and physical distancing.

  • Move-in dates. We anticipate move-in stretching from Tuesday, August 18 to Saturday, August 22.
  • Sign-ups required. Students will need to sign up for a specific time to check in.
  • Limited access. Our goal is to have no more than 15 students per building check-in, per hour.
  • No volunteers for moving. There will be no volunteers available to help move students’ possessions.
  • No moving equipment. No hand trucks or carts will be available.
  • Limited family members and guests. Students are asked to limit the number of family members/guests who will help them move-in.
  • No early arrival charge. There is no “early arrival” charge for moving in during the designated move-in time frame and early arrival requests will be approved on a limited basis.