Allison Richmond is an Arizona native and a junior at Grand Canyon University. She is currently earning her Bachelor of Science in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing with a minor in marketing. She hopes to use her degree to pursue a career in journalism or advertising in order to share her ideas and creativity with the world. Allison has a passion for writing. She has gotten the opportunity to pursue this passion through writing for Odyssey Online, working on writing research with her professor and writing for the GCU blogs.
Grand Canyon University is nestled in the heart of Phoenix, AZ. Contrary to its name, the school is about four hours from the actual Grand Canyon, but it is a beauty nevertheless. Living on GCU’s campus allows students to make friends, give back to the outlying community and have fun. The campus is small but growing, allowing for a small-campus feel and a community-oriented environment. The campus contains 17 living areas containing amenities like pools, laundry, fitness centers and common areas with an additional two new living areas opening up in the fall of 2018. In addition, all the living areas are within walking distance to all the happenings on campus. Restaurants, coffee shops, sporting events, concerts, plays and more are all within reach for students living on campus.
There are two types of living arrangements on campus: residence suites and apartments. Residence suites, like Juniper hall, accommodate groups of either 4 or 6 students split between two bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and the two bedrooms share a common living area. The rooms come furnished with a bed, desk, dresser and closet. The living room is also furnished with a couch and table.
Apartments, like Roadrunner, provide space for either 3 or 4 students and most arrangements provide individual bedrooms with desks and closets. Apartments also come with a kitchen, refrigerator, sink, stove, oven and microwave. 4-person apartments come with 2 bathrooms, as well.
GCU’s campus is safe, comfortable and fun. The staff strives for intentional community that helps to promote relationships, servant leadership, and self-awareness. One way they achieve this is through the involvement of student Resident Assistants who help foster a sense of community in the living areas through hall events and assisting students with conflict issues. All halls also have Life Leaders, student leaders who run weekly Bible studies. In addition, most living areas have their own Learning Lounge space where students can go to get involved in study groups or get help on individual subjects that they might be struggling with.
In addition to the services provided in the living spaces, GCU’s campus also contains many campus-wide services for students. The Health and Wellness Center, shuttle service, free counseling center, Career services, grocery stores and fitness centers are just a few of GCU’s wonderful on-campus students services. The campus also promotes fun through their numerous campus activities like the Thunderground bowling alley, sporting events, yoga classes, intermural sports, local and global outreach, comedy nights, sand volleyball courts, concerts, festivals, dances, Zumba nights, TedX Talks and weekly worship nights. Living on campus gives students the opportunity to participate in all the amazing events and services GCU offers.
GCU is not only a busy and fast growing university, but also a lovely one. Last year, Town and Country Magazine named GCU’s campus one of the top ten campuses in America. GCU also made Niche’s list as one of the best college campuses in America of 2018. GCU is being noticed nationwide for its beauty and wonderful student amenities. Maybe this is why over two-thirds of GCU students live on campus. Students and faculty alike love living at GCU: an oasis in the desert.
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Grand Canyon University is committed to providing a safe, community-oriented and fun experience for all students on our campus. If you want to find out more about the campus experience or housing at GCU, check out our website.