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Luxury living for students at the U of M?

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Student living seems to be getting more luxurious at the University of Minnesota.

The first student dorm on the U of M's main campus in more than a decade will open on Monday, and it promises to be both friendly to students and to the environment.

The Star Tribune describes it as a a gleaming six-story Residence Hall, featuring an elegant food court, rainwater toilets and what one U of M official calls “the best view in the Twin Cities.” The paper says there's a “fireplace lounge” on the main floor and a computer lab and study lounges with floor-to-ceiling windows.

WCCO-TV, meanwhile, reports each room will come with beds pre-lofted to save on space. And with about 71 bathrooms and showers in the building on 17th Avenue, the station says wait times should be minimal each morning while 600 students get ready for class.

The eco-friendly building has tables made of recycled corn and soy products, motion activated lighting and a “green roof” that uses plants to filter rainwater.

The U of M says the project cost $62,500,000.

Laurie McLaughlin, director of residential life, tells WCCO-TV the dorm was designed to reflect the needs and demands of today’s modern students.

The U of M also says the demand for on-campus student housing on the Twin Cities campus exceeds the University’s current capacity (6,331 total beds in 8 residence halls and 3 apartment facilities).

In order to meet the 1st-year student housing demand, reduce the number of "expanded" housing spaces currently utilized, and increase the number of transfer students offered on-campus housing, an additional 600 beds is necessary.

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