Snowy view of CU Denver campus and Denver skyline

Six Places on Campus for Studying, Eating, and Socializing

February 1, 2022

One of CU Denver’s greatest assets is its location in the heart of downtown Denver—a city known for its vibrant mix of business, culture, and tech districts, sports stadiums, restaurants, and breathtaking scenery. Whether you are a new or returning student, faculty, or staff member, campus offers a variety of must-see spaces for studying, teaching, eating, and socializing. We encourage our Lynx to stop by the on-campus hot spots listed below and explore the many surroundings and activities the city of Denver has to offer. 

Take a Selfie with the Lynx Statue 

As part of a growing tradition on campus, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take a selfie beside the larger-than-life bronze statue of CU Denver’s mascot Milo the Canadian lynx. The Lynx is located in the courtyard between Student Commons and the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center, across 12th Street from City Heights Residence Hall and Learning Commons.

At more than 8 feet tall, the Lynx statue makes a big impact. The proud lynx was created by Loveland-based artist Dan Ostermiller, a nationally recognized bronze sculptor who is known by many for his work Scottish Angus Cow and Calf on display outside of the Denver Art Museum. 

Milo with Lynx Statue

Find Resources and Support at the Learning Commons 

Built to promote student and faculty development, this learning center is the first of its kind at CU Denver. Different floors of the new building, which is attached to the City Heights Residence Hall and opened in August 2021, cater to different needs. The first floor, known as the Learning Hub, includes the Learning Resources Center, Math and Statistics Support, and Writing Center. The third floor, known as the Faculty Success floor, is dedicated solely to faculty needs. 

Learning Commons entrance

Sweat it Out at the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center

If you’re in search of a fitness plan to kick off the new year, look no further. Wellness resources are abundant and well within reach right on campus. The Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center offers 85,000 square feet of fitness and wellness bliss. Students who are currently enrolled and pay student fees have access to the facility with their Lynx Card. Staff and faculty pay just $49 per month.


Treadmills in a row

Grab a Treat at the New Einstein Bros. Bagels at City Heights Residence Hall and Learning Commons 

Einstein Bros. Bagels has officially opened in the retail space in the southwest corner of the Learning Commons wing. Stop by for a variety of fresh-baked bagels, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, cold brew, and more. Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: 11th and Larimer streets.

Different types of bagels lined up

Rent Textbooks or Find a Quiet Spot to Study at the Auraria Library

The Auraria Library offers 574,000 print books, 326,000 eBooks, 93,000 online journals, more than 300 databases, and 99,000 streaming videos—way more than Netflix! But did you know the library also has a professionally-lit studio for you to use, let’s say, to take a headshot for your LinkedIn profile? Or that there is a collection of faculty-recommended textbooks you can rent, for free? Click here to learn more about the library’s best-kept secrets.

Take a Walk Through A Historic District

We know the importance of staying connected with our past, which is why we appreciate areas like the Ninth Street Historic District. This hidden historic gem located on the south side of the Auraria campus is lined with 14 homes built between the late 19th and early 20th century.

That’s not the only historic area on campus. The Tivoli Student Union, established in a former brewery that can trace its roots to 1859, is a place for campus community members to connect with friends and peers.

Snow on campus