GCU is dedicated to creating more housing in order to meet the needs of our growing student population. In addition to Hegel Hall which opened in 2003, from 2010 to the present, six new, modern dorm buildings have been added to campus.
Conveniently located within close proximity to campus amenities and services, each of our dorm buildings offer suite-style living with personal bathrooms, laundry facilities and gathering rooms. Most of our dorms feature a landscaped center courtyard and barbecue grills. As the campus expands, amenities such as a second pool, fitness facilities and small convenience store are being added within some of the dorm buildings.
In addition, GCU's North Rim Apartments have been remodeled and offer apartment-style living on campus with amenities such as laundry facilities, charcoal barbeque and a sand volleyball court.
For our students living on and commuting to campus, new modern classrooms and office space have been constructed over the past few years for the College of Education, College of Theology, and College of Arts and Sciences. Students in the nursing and health sciences programs will study in modern lab facilities including nursing simulation and skills labs as well as forensics and chemistry labs. Flexible space is integrated throughout the buildings for students to meet, study and relax.
Student Recreation Center
A beautiful, 55,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center was debuted in 2011, and is available for students, faculty and staff. The multipurpose building includes three full-size basketball courts, a huge wrestling practice area, and state-of-the-art athletic training and sports performance facilities. Weights and fitness machines are also available as well as a fitness studio where a full schedule of classes are offered each week including kickboxing, aerobics, yoga and Zumba.
The remodeled, four-story Student Union is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. Not only will the Union offer new dining options and expanded food service areas, more space will be available for students to relax and study. One of the exciting features is a large Starbucks coffee shop that will overlook the spectacular views of campus.
Arguably the main attraction of the campus expansion is the 5,000-seat Grand Canyon University Arena, home to the men's and women's basketball teams as well as the host of other sporting events, concerts and entertainment events.
The University library will be relocating to the third and fourth floors of the expanded Student Union and will include dynamic spaces featuring computer stations and areas for both group study and individual quiet study.
Thunder Alley opened in 2011 and features a variety of dining options including some popular national restaurants and a convenience store. The lower level of Thunder Alley includes a 6-lane bowling alley as well as a club-like music venue known as Thunderground, which holds concerts performed by nationally-recognized Christian artists.