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  • Sanford Hall

    Welcome to Sanford Hall!

    Sanford Hall Fast Facts:
    Mailing Address:
    Room #, Letter, Sanford Hall
    1815 Farwell Street
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    Sanford Hall Front Desk:
    (608) 789-2800
    Sanford Hall Director:
    (608) 785-8088
    Sanford Hall Duty Phone:
    (608) 498-7966

    Located on the East side of campus between White and Laux Hall, Sanford Hall is a coed residence hall housing 250 residents including both first year and upperclass students. Hall Staff in Sanford Hall find discipline to be nary a problem. They spend the majority of their time getting to know the students, helping plan activities, and listening to students' problems.

    Sanford Hall is the only traditional style residence hall on campus where men and women live as neighbors. There are two separate bathrooms on each floor. Sanford has the rather unique distinction of having served exclusively men followed by only women and finally going coeducational. Through it all those who have lived in the corridors of Sanford have no doubt grown through their experience.

    Sanford Hall is home to the Service Learning Community (SLC). The SLC is a group of residents all living in the same wing together committed to enhancing their learning experience through service. SLC residents participate in service projects and receive academic credit working with faculty in the political science department.

    In September of 1967, Sanford Hall was ushered into the university's residence hall system. The building was named after Albert Hart Sanford, a member of the First Faculty, who headed the department of History and Social Science for 28 years from 1910-1937.

    Albert Sanford
    • Taught from 1909-1937
    • Department: History (American History)
    • One of the original 6 faculty members at the La Crosse Normal School, hired to head up the history department
    • On two separate occasions (after the resignation of Fassett Cotton and Ernest Smith), served as Interim Chancellor with Clayton Whitney (who was a professor in the Geography department)
    • Albert Sanford published many books, including 3 textbooks and maps book
    • Was the founder of the universities first museum, which later became into Special Collections!
    • Was the president of the La Crosse Historical Society, an honorary member of the WI Historical Society and was named “Man of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce in the 1920’s for his work with the Historical Society
    Hall Photos

    Loft Pictures

    Possible arrangement - Top height of bed with desk underneath
    Loft With Dimensions
    Outside Dimensions of Lofts
    Three Levels of Lofts
    Loft height options

    Outside the hall

    Sanford 2
    Front Entrance
    Sanford 3
    North Side
    Sanford front
    Front Entrance
    Sanford side 2
    South Side

    Inside the hall

     Sanford floor plan
    Floor Plan
    Sanford basement
    Study Area
    Sanford game room
    Game Room
    Sanford Kitchen
    Sanford lab
    Computer Room
    Sanford Lobby
    Front Desk and Mailboxes
    Sanford Lobby 2
    Front Entrance
    Sanford study
    Study Area
    Sanford workout room
    Exercise Room
    Sanford 4
    Zen Room
    Sanford Study
    Sanford Study
    Sanford Study
    Sanford Study
    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 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 in the basement are multiple lounge spaces, with specified study and socialization rooms.

    Exercise Room

    Residents can check out a key from the front desk to use the exercise room in the basement. The room includes an elliptical machine and TV with DVD/VCR. 


    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