University Residence Halls are more than just “dorms” or places to live. They are unique communities full of resources, support, convenient services, events, and thousands of fellow Badgers. They’re an environment built for your success. We offer 20 residence halls, including 10 learning communities, spread across two distinct neighborhoods. And we offer some of the lowest on-campus housing rates in the Big Ten. Each year, over 90 percent of the freshman class chooses to live with us so that they can jumpstart their Wisconsin Experience, and many return for their sophomore year and beyond.
Each residence hall varies in terms of appearance and population. Our smallest residence hall is home to 30 residents, while our largest is home to 1,250 residents. Regardless of the size, your residence hall will consist of “houses.” A “house” is simply a group of residents that live together, which could be a floor, wing, or entire building depending on the population. Your “house” also has a “house fellow,” which is a live-in student staff member (similar to a resident advisor, or R.A.), there to plan fun events, offer advice, and help you throughout the year.