History of University Court
University Court, formerly known as Regency Apartments before the institution purchased the property in 1990, has provided an excellent spot for students who seek an off-campus living environment with the security of on-campus accommodations. The Daily Eastern News reported in October 1990 the university purchased the complex for $3.9 million dollars.
University Court is comprised of 11 buildings and located on the south end of campus. Each three-story apartment buildings in the complex is made up of one and two bedroom apartments that allow for one to four occupants. Apartments offer students a full kitchen and dining area, family room, along with one or one and a half bathrooms. The complex also offers an on-site swimming pool, and laundry facilities in each building. University Court is made up of 146 apartments can house up to 570 students. University Court is popular for sophomores through graduate students attending Eastern Illinois University.
In addition to a central office, buildings comprising University Court include, Bloomfield, Cooper, Elliot, Gabbard, Giffin, Hampton, Lancaster, Ringenberg, Saunders, and Yorkshire. Six of the buildings located in University Court were named in honor of a number of Eastern’s dedicated faculty members. The Daily Eastern News reported that the Board of Governors approved on Thursday, October 19th, 1990 the six buildings closest to Ninth Street were to be dedicated to retiring faculty members. University Court remains very popular with a prime location and an off-campus environment, residents are able to start developing an understanding of life off-campus as they begin to take steps in their adult lives.
Cooper Hall: Named in honor of George Cooper, who taught in the department of business education and administration, serving as chair from 1962 to 1973. Mr. Cooper retired from teaching in 1982.
Elliott Hall: Names in honor of Charles Elliott who served on Eastern’s faculty for 28 years in the school of technology while also serving as the university’s representative on the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Gabbard Hall: Named for E. Glendon Gabbard and his wife, Luciana. Mr. Gabbard taught in the theatre arts and established the department in 1964, also serving as chair in 1969. Mrs. Gabbard taught in the English department from 1968 to the time of both her and Mr. Gabbards retirement in 1984.
Giffin Hall: Named for James Giffin, the first dean of Eastern’s College of Business.
Saunders Hall: Named in honor of James Saunders, former instructor in the department of journalism and the former faculty adviser to Minority Today.
Ringenberg Hall: Named for Lawrence A. Ringenberg, the first dean of Arts and Sciences at EIU serving from 1961-1980.