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LiveHere - CommunitiesDuren (ADH) - Co-ed Residence Hall

Opened in 2007, the newest hall is named after Almetris "Mama" Duren who helped African-American students at the University from 1956 to 1980. Almetris Duren Hall, located in the Whitis Area Community, showcases "Azteca" Seneca Quarry Tile flooring in the lobby and exposed red oak wood beams and Texas heritage furniture in the formal lounge. It also includes the Gallery of Texas Rivers.

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Almetris Duren Residence Hall
2624 Whitis Ave
Austin, TX 78705

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Hall Features

  • Shared space rooms with private bath
  • Shared space rooms with connecting bath
  • Single space rooms with private bath
  • Single space rooms with connecting bath
  • "Azteca" Seneca Quarry Tile flooring in Lobby and First Floor Common Areas
  • Four bronze commemorative Texas floor medallions
  • Exposed red oak wood beams and Texas heritage furniture in Formal Lounge
  • Study/lounge space on each floor
  • Card swipe system to access the living areas
  • Video surveillance system for exterior doors and elevator lobbies
  • 24-hour desk with ability to monitor access system and video surveillance system
  • Game room
  • Exercise room
  • Laundry room
  • Texas Rivers Room - a multipurpose room
  • Private courtyard framed around century-old Live Oak Tree
  • Individual room thermostats
  • Located across from Kinsolving Dining Center and Kins Market
  • Located near Littlefield Patio Cafe

In their own words

Real Residents Speak About Living in Duren

"Moving to college is a huge living adjustment made so much easier by living in a community that reminds me of home. The friendly atmosphere of Duren has helped me make many close friends, while the great amenities ensure that the living experience is as easy as possible."
Elizabeth Vigants, Honors Biomedical Engineering major

"Since moving to college, I have never felt more at home than in Duren Residence Hall. Duren has amazing amenities and a wonderful community. Living here makes me feel lucky to be at The University of Texas at Austin."
Ross Van de Kop, Political Communications major

"Living in Duren is by far the best decision I made as an incoming freshmen. It is a quiet residence hall with study lounges on every floor for the residents to use at any hour. Students usually take advantage of this and the peaceful courtyard when tests roll around. The rooms are fairly sized with enough storage space with all the furniture provided. A great thing about Duren is the private bathrooms which I absolutely love (worth the extra money)! Duren also keeps the residents involved by hosting different events throughout the semester to socialize with the other students living in the residence hall. All in all Duren is a great place to live on campus. Hook 'em!"
Monique Aguilar, Psychology major

"My favorite thing about Duren is its location! You can enjoy the closeness of The Drag or take a few steps across the street to the dining hall if you're hungry or need somewhere to study or are just looking for something to do. If you don't feel like getting out, that's cool too. Duren has plenty of programming throughout the year to entertain its residents!"
Kelsey Roberts, Public Health major

"I moved out of Duren last summer and I already miss it. Duren was an awesome home, the community and the environment is something I remember fondly."
Ollie Macgorman, Civil Engineering major

A Bit of History

Almetris Marsh Duren was a maternal figure to some and she always had an ear ready to listen to the problems and concerns of the African American students of UT during the time of UT's racial integration of the 60s. She gave the students advice and helped guide them as they made their way through the University during a very difficult time.

Almetris Co-Op, named after Almetris Marsh Duren in 1958, was a dormitory, boarding house, social center and even Sunday School for African American students. Upon the occasion of her retirement in August 1981, she was celebrated by The University of Texas at Austin community as an irreplaceable lady of energy, commitment, humility, devotion, compassion and integrity.
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