This week about 6,700 students are moving into University of Arizona dorms, including the new Likins Hall at North Highland Avenue and East Sixth Street.

The building project was funded with bonds that will be repaid using student rent, not tuition or taxes.

The first Likins Hall residents are officially allowed to move in today, but there were several earlier move-in days for freshman orientation groups.

Many more students applied for housing on campus than space allows, said UA Assistant Vice President Jim Van Arsdel. The UA had to turn away about 600 students and will house about 250 students in temporary spaces such as study rooms, he said.

For the first time this year, the UA contracted with a private company to allow students to ship their stuff ahead of their arrival. Movers lug all the gear into the students' dorm rooms before they get here. "If you want," Van Arsdel said, "you can avoid the whole specter of bringing all your stuff up to your room."

On StarNet: See more photos of students moving in at

Likins Hall by the numbers


Building with courtyard


Stories high


Beds for students


Students will work there


Kinds of outlets in each room. Regular ones are white; green ones turn off when not in use.

Did you know?

Likins Hall was named for UA president emeritus Peter Likins and his wife, Patricia. Likins was president from 1997 to 2006.

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at or 807-8012.