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UNR Inks Deal To House 1,300 Students At Hotel-Casino

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The University of Nevada, Reno has sealed a deal with a downtown hotel-casino to house 1,300 students for the coming school year after a natural gas explosion forced the closure of two main residence halls.

UNR President Marc Johnson announced Thursday the school has signed a one-year, $21.7 million lease agreement with Eldorado Resorts, owner of the Circus Circus a half-mile south of campus.

Students will live in single and double rooms in a non-gambling hotel tower that is separate from the adjoining casino and being renamed as "Wolf Pack Tower."

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Johnson says UNR's insurance claim will help finance the lease. Rates will be the same as at on-campus dorms, about $5,600 a year for double rooms.

He says students will have separate non-casino entrances with a key-card entry system, around-the-clock security and shuttle buses to campus.