Housing and Residence Life Facilities
Bicycle racks are located in several areas of Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon for the convenience of residents. A heavy chain and lock are recommended as protection from bike theft. Bicycles must be registered with the University Police Department. Residents are encouraged to use bike racks for storage. However, if a resident decides to store a bike in the unit, it may not impede exit from the unit in any way. Bicycles, or any personal items, may not be stored in stairwells or handrails, and may not otherwise interfere with emergency evacuation. The Department of Housing and Residence Life may authorize staff or Police to cut locking mechanisms on bicycles stored in public place which may interfere with safety in the event of an evacuation.
Electronic Access System
The Department of Housing and Residence Life offers increased security through the use of an electronic access system. The exterior gates are locked 24 hours a day. Each gate is equipped with a card reader (Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon) and simply raise your provided gate card to the reader and the gate will open automatically so you can gain access to the complex. Only Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon residents are allowed access; therefore, it is important not to admit non-residents without an escort. This system offers better security, as a lost or misplaced card will be deactivated so that no one else can use it. If you should lose your card, please report it immediately to Summit Hall to have it replaced with a temporary card. Because your Miner Gold Card can also be used for other services on campus, it is important that you should always carry with you. Residents are not allowed to leave gates opened or propped.
All gates are monitored by motion-sensor cameras. Residents and visitors who prop the gates open will be identified by the cameras and will be held accountable. It is the responsibility of the resident or guest entering or exiting the gate to assure that the gate is closed. Residents and guests may not enter Miner Village/Miner Heights by jumping the gates or the fence.
Housing and Residence Life provides grills that are available for all residents. The grills are located throughout both complexes. Residents are also allowed to bring small grills, but you may not grill in covered stairwells. Grills may not be stored inside the resident's apartment.
For the convenience of residents, Miner Village, Miner Heights, and Miner Canyon. are equipped with washers and dryers. Miner Village provides four laundry rooms located in Sacramento, Chisos, Del Norte, and Hueco Halls. The laundry rooms provided by Miner Heights are located in Cottonwood (contains 2 laundry rooms), Mesquite and Ocotillo. Miner Canyon has its laundry rooms in the 2nd and 3rd floor of Copper Hall and Whispering Springs Hall. Laundry loads can be paid for with quarters (change machine provided in Summit Hall and Horizon Hall) or your miner gold card. In consideration of other residents who may need to use the washers and dryers, residents are strongly encouraged to stay with their laundry while it is washing and drying, and should remove laundry promptly after the cycle has been completed. If you lose change in a machine or have problems with one of the machines, please come to the front office or call the RA On-Call for information on refunds.
All new and returning residents will be issued a temporary parking pass during check in. This temporary parking permit is only intended to assist with parking accommodations during check in and move in and will expire. Parking permits for Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon residents are available for a $154 annual fee. To obtain an annual parking permit for Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon, stop by the Parking Office in the Academic Services Building. The parking office will verify that you are a resident and they will issue you a resident parking decal. The parking decal must be displayed on the inside of your vehicle, in the middle of the front windshield on the bottom. The sticker allows you to park in any area indicated as Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon as well as any remote parking lot (see campus parking map for details) If your sticker is damaged and you bring your permit or its remnants, you may request a free replacement sticker for your vehicle. Lost or stolen decals (no remnants or fragments available) may be replaced for a fee. When you receive a new sticker, your previous one is immediately canceled in the system. All parking permits have value and we encourage everyone to secure and safeguard your vehicle against theft.
Automobiles, motorcycles and other types of motor vehicles may be driven only on the designated parking areas. Residents are strongly encouraged to keep automobiles locked at all times they are not in use. Guests must park on >surrounding available streets. If residents want to park in perimeter or perimeter parking lots around UTEP, they must also purchase a student perimeter premium decal at the regular price (see Parking and Traffic Rules & Regulations). Residents must surrender their parking permits upon check out. If the permit is not returned a fee will be assessed to the student account.
There is a sand volleyball pit located near Davis Hall (Miner Village) and a basketball court next to Ocotillo (Miner Heights). The courts operate on a first-come basis and are available to all residents. To protect the study environment of residents who live next to the courts, the court is only open from 9 A.M. – Midnight daily. For basketball courts, ping-pong, foosball, and other recreational activities, Memorial Gym is located adjacent to Miner Village. Equipment is available for checkout to all UTEP students through the reception desk in the Memorial Gym lobby.
Traffic signs, as well as state and city directional or informational signs, are not allowed in students apartments since possession of these items is illegal without the appropriate proof of purchase. These signs will be turned over to the University Police Department.