SIU Carbondale will bring students together in residence halls on the west side of campus this fall.
The students will be housed at Thompson Point. The towers will not be used.
Chancellor Carlo Montemagno acknowledged that enrollment declines make the move possible but says that the change is driven primarily by efforts to build engagement and enhance retention.
University Housing director Jon Shaffer said the move will also create efficiencies by serving students in one dining hall instead of two. He says that will help the university minimize future room and board costs for students.
The university will continue to offer housing at University Hall, Wall and Grand Apartments and Evergreen Terrace.
The Gathering Place Snack Shop, currently housed in Grinnell Hall, will move to University Hall.