UM hosts grand reopening of remodeled 252-bed Knowles Hall dorm

The University of Montana will have an extra 252 beds to accommodate students this year compared to the on-campus housing supply last academic year.

Knowles Hall, constructed in 1963 on the University of Montana campus, was officially inaugurated on Wednesday, Aug. 23 after renovation work. University housing officials said the newly renovated four-story residence hall has 252 beds comprised of single and double rooms for incoming university students.


That’s thanks to the completion of an $18-million remodel of historic Knowles Residence Hall.

On Wednesday, UM president Seth Bodnar and other officials held a grand reopening of Knowles Hall, which was shut down from May of 2022 until earlier in August of 2023 for construction. Students began moving into the freshly rehabbed building, just west of UM’s Oval, on Monday this week.

“I’m so excited to be here this morning, I can’t even tell you what it’s been like over the last 14 months as this building’s been under renovation,” said Sandy Curtis, the director of UM’s Housing and Community Standards office.

The project included remodeling the entire lobby area,

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