gila residential life

What’s life like at GILA?

Students live in a residential setting surrounded by a culturally diverse group of peers from across Alaska. They experience a variety of activities during the course of their stay. Students have opportunities to relax, have fun, make new friends, and experience new things. By living in this environment, students’ intellectual and creative curiosity grows, as does their judgement and ability to make wise decisions during their time at GILA and into the future. 


Ptarmigan Hall is GILA’s student residence hall. Its three stories can accommodate up to 350 students and several live-in staff members, and allows additional space for lounges, activity rooms, programming, offices, etc. The upper floors feature views of the airstrip, Yukon River, and the picturesque mountains behind. 


Kkuskkuno is the Athabascan word for “a place to gather.” And, this building is GILA’S student union building or “SUB”. The Kkuskkuno houses a game room with billiards, air hockey and ping pong tables, a student store/coffee shop, resale store, student kitchen, and a movie/video game room. Monthly dances, open mic nights, and other social events are hosted here.


The Two Seasons Dining Hall is home to highly skilled kitchen staff who prepare three meals a day on school days and two meals a day on non-school days. Unlike regular school cafeteria food, GILA offers a distinguished selection of fresh fruits, a salad bar, and desserts to accompany entrees at every meal.


The GILA gymnasium has a three-quarter size basketball court, weight room, and raquetball courts, as well as a classroom. The gym and weight room are used for physical education classes during the day and student recreation evenings and weekends.