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  • Coate Hall

    The First Year Experience at UW-L's Coate Hall!

    Coate Hall Fast Facts:
    Mailing Address:
    Room #, Letter, Coate Hall
    1405 Farwell Street
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    Coate Hall Front Desk:
    (608) 789-4100
    Coate Hall Director:
    (608) 785-8083
    Coate Hall Duty Phone:
    (608) 498-7962

    Coate Hall is a traditional, cube-shaped building that is one of our First Year Experience (FYE) residence halls, and is home to about 380 first-year students. Cube buildings are comprised of two or three, four story cube-shaped buildings, interconnected by hallways between the cubes. Resident rooms comprise the outside walls of the structure, and surround a common stairwell and shared bathroom space. Students live in a double or triple room with others in a "cubed community".

    Each cube community is single gender and comprised of 16 rooms. The 34-38 students in each cube create a dynamic, energized, and inclusive community sharing their first year at UWL. Each cube community is led by an upperclass Resident Assistant who is specifically trained to meet the needs of first year student.The term traditional means that residents in this building live in standard double rooms, with a shared bathroom facility.

    Students living in Coate have access to opportunities and professional staff who provide foundational support for the success of first year students. A full-time Academic Advisor is available in the basement two days a week for appointments and coursework consultation. There is also a Student Learning and Enrichment Coordinator (LEC) who aims to create social, developmental, and learning opportunities throughout the year.

    Coate Hall hosts many events during the course of the year. Residents are frequently shoulder tapped to help plan and participate in events for Coate residents as well as all campus students. Coate Hall is a social environment, which provide numerous opportunities for students to get to know other students and get involved in the UWL and La Crosse community.

    David Orlando Coate
    • Taught from 1909-1938
    • Department: English
    • Dr. Coate was on the 6 original faculty members of the La Crosse Normal School
    • Before coming to LAX Normal, Coate taught at various high schools around the country, including the Qualla American Indian Reservation (Cherokee Nation) in the mountains of North Carolina
    • Was the first head of the English department, advised the Racquet yearbook (published from 1911-1990!), and was head of the 1st Drama Club (the Buskin Club) until 1935!
    • Coate was also longtime advisor for Beta Sigma Chi (no longer active), which created a scholarship in his name, to commemorate “Doc” and his contributions to the chapter
    Hall Photos

    Loft Pictures

    Sample Loft
    Possible arrangement - Top height of bed with desk underneath
    Loft With Dimensions
    Outside Dimensions of Lofts
    Loft Height Options
    Loft height options

    Outside the hall

    Coate Field
    Coate Field
    Coate East Side
    East Side
    Coate South Side
    South Side
    Coate Front
    Front Side
    Coate Circle
    Coate Circle
    Coate Front
    Front Side

    Inside the hall

    Coate Lounge Basement
    Lounge/Study Area
    Coate Basement Lounge
    Lounge/Study Area
    Coate Coffee House
    Coffee House
    Coate Coffee House
    Coffee House
    Coate Computer Lab
    Computer Lab
    Coate Kitchen
    Community Kitchen
    Coate Kitchen
    Community Kitchen
    Coate Laundry
    Laundry Room
    Coate Mail
    Coate HD Office
    Hall Director and Assistant Hall Director Office
    Coate Study
    Study Lounge
    Coate Floor Plan
    Floor Plan

    Room Pictures

    Coate Double
    Coate Double
    Coate Double
    Coate Double
    Coate Double
    Coate Double
    Coate Double
    Coate Double
    Coate Triple
    Coate Triple
    Coate Triple
    Coate Triple
    Coate Triple
    Coate Triple
    Coate Triple
    Coate Triple
    Hall Amenities

    Traditional double rooms

    Traditional Doubles are two-person rooms in all halls except Eagle and Reuter Halls. Room dimensions are typically 15'6" long x 11'6" wide x 8' high. Traditional Double Diagram

    Traditional triple rooms

    Traditional Triples are three-person corner rooms in our cube halls, -Angell, Coate, Drake and Hutchison Halls. These rooms are 20' long x 10'8" wide. Traditional Triple Diagram

    Traditional Hall Furniture Dimensions

    • Closet: 2'2" deep x 3'6" wide, 7'6" high
    • Desk: 2' long x 3'6" wide, 28.5" high
    • Dresser" 19" deep, 27" wide, 42" high
    • Bed Frame/Mattress: 79" long x 33" wide
    • Bed Legs: 8.5" high
    • Window: 44" high x 79" wide (includes frame)
      * All windows have drapes.
    • Refrigerator: 19" wide x 34" high x 18" deep

    Bed size

    Mattresses in the residence halls are extra long (36" x 80"). RHAC has partnered with Residence Hall Linens (RHL) to provide students with a convenient and affordable way to purchase extra-long sheets and bedding items, as well as other campus-living necessities. Proceeds from this program go to the RHAC and are used for programs in the residence halls. Please visit the linens website at the following link:


    Each resident room is furnished with a bed, desk, bookshelf, dresser, towel racks, and closet for each resident. Rooms also come with bed-lofting parts, mini-refrigerator/freezer, trash and recycle bins, cable TV services, outlets, and cords, and internet ports.


    Each cube/wing contains a single-sex bathroom with showers, sinks, and toilets. Our team of Housekeepers clean the restrooms each weekday during posted hours. Each in hall, there is one Gender Inclusive Restroom that is open for anybody to use, regardless of their gender identity, expression, or lack thereof.


    Each residence hall comes equipped with a well-stocked laundry facility with multiple machines for washing and drying. The laundry room in this building is located in the basement. Students may use the laundry systems by swiping their student ID and using campus cash, NOT by using coins or cash. For information about campus cash, please visit:


    Located between each cube are lounges to provide areas for socializing or studying. Each lounge has tables, chairs, and couches to accommodate your needs. Located in the basement are multiple lounge spaces, with specified study and socialization rooms.


    There is a kitchen located in the basement of each hall with ovens/stoves, a microwave, large refrigerator, and sink. If you are interested in making a home-cooked meal, this is the place to go! Cooking utensils and supplies are available at the front desk.

    Computer Lab

    Each hall features a computer lab which is maintained by Residence Life Information Services. Check with your front desk to get a key!


    Wireless connectivity is available throughout all of the Residence Halls. In addition, students have access to wired connections in their rooms. To utilize the wired service, students may purchase an Ethernet/Internet cord through the front desk of each Residence Hall. Additional information regarding in-room connections is available from Residence Life Information Services (RLIS) by contacting

    Other Amenities:

    Coate Hall is home to many special rooms on campus. In the basement of Coate is a game room with pool table and dart board, the Coffee House room with a piano, and the Koehler's room where special fine dines are held. Outside of Coate, there are two heavily used sand volleyball and two full basketball courts, and a large grass recreation field.