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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    We have assembled a list of frequently asked questions for your reference. Please feel free to contact us directly with any other questions or concerns.

    What are the costs associated with living on campus?

    Living on campus provides a great deal of advantages, but it may not be for everybody. Please click on the "Rates & Costs" heading on the side navigation menu for more information. Note that you will see links to websites for on-campus meal plans and parking. Every on-campus resident is required to purchase an on-campus meal plan, so plan on adding that cost to your total. Parking permits are an additional cost, but are not required.

    What are the dimensions of the rooms in the residence halls?

    Do you want to know if the futon or TV will fit? You can find detailed dimensions and floor plans on your specific hall page. Please click on "The Residence Halls" tab in the side navigation menu and click on your specific hall.

    What should my student be prepared to bring when they move in?

    Some of what you should bring varies by the hall. Take a look at:  Guide for Moving in and Moving out  for more information. 

    Are bed lofts allowed in the residence halls?

    Great news! As of the 2014-2015 academic year, bed lofts will be provided at no additional cost in each residence hall. As a result, home made lofts will no longer be allowed in the residence halls.

    How can I mail packages to my student living in the residence halls?

    It is a known fact: Students LOVE packages. The mailing addresses for each residence hall can be found on your student’s residence hall web page. Please click on "The Residence Halls" tab in the side navigation menu, and click on your specific hall.

    What is the move in process for our student?

    Specific information regarding move in procedures and dates can be found under the "Welcome Home!"  tab or through the following link:

    Guide for Moving in and Moving out

    Please contact us directly if you have any questions or concerns regarding these dates or procedures.

    Are telephone services available?

    Unfortunately, landline phone service to student rooms is not provided. If a student wants to connect to a landline telephone service, contact CenturyLink at 608-796-5300.

    Based on my gender identity, is university housing for me?

    We understand that when your gender identity/expression is not readily reflected when giving a preference for where you would like to live, it is difficult to determine what would be optimal for you. Residence Life staff are committed to assisting you to determine how our program can work for you. Please contact the Director of Residence Life prior to your contract due date to discuss options.

    Differently gendered and transgender students are also encouraged to contact the Pride Center which is devoted to serving students and the UW-L community regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning students, and their allies (GLBTQQA).

    This center is a primary campus resource and advocacy office for GLBTQQA students and works closely with other campus offices striving to provide a safe atmosphere and accommodations for transgender students.

    *Statement adapted from the University of Wisconsin Madison Housing Department.

    What if I bring a TV to my dorm room?

    In Reuter coaxial cables are provided to each room, but in all of the halls you can buy coaxial cables at the front desk. These cables can hook your TV into the wall of your room to provide cable TV. After hooking up the cable, go into the options on your TV and set it to analog mode, then have your TV scan for channels and when the operation completes you should have all of the channels provided to you.

    For a list of the channels available to you: CenturyLinkCableChannelListing.png

    If you have any questions about the cable services at UW-L, please contact our office at reslife@uwlax.edu

    What guest rooms and studies are carpeted?

    Studies in Laux, Sanford, Wentz and White are carpeted. Guest rooms are carpeted in Coate and Angell.

    Can you loft all three beds in a traditional triple hall?

    Traditional Hall rooms that are tripled do not have the space to loft all three beds. Two beds will come in a bunk-bed formation, while the third will have parts for lofting. If you have additional questions, please call our office number.

    Can I bring my own refrigerator?

    Yes, however, there is an electrical charge of $25/semester. If you are in extended housing that charge is waived.

    What size futon can I bring?

    Futons can be a great way to add seating to your room. To fit underneath your lofted bed frame, futons can be no longer than 78" in length.

    What size linens do I need to buy?

    The mattresses are 80" long and linen size should be extra long.