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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:
    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.

    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 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

    Room style

    • Traditional double
    Traditional Double

    Roommates per room

    • 2 roommates in room
    • Shared community bathroom

    Room dimensions

    • 15'6" long x 11'6" wide x 8' tall

    Furniture/Appliances provided

    • 2 Beds, mattresses, and lofting parts (6'8'' long x 2'9'' wide)
      *Homemade frames not allowed
    • 2 Desks (2' deep x 3'6" wide x 2'4.5" tall)
    • 2 Desk chairs
    • 2 Bookshelves (1'2" deep x 2'11" wide x 2'5" tall)
    • 2 Dressers (1' 7" deep x 2'3" wide x 3'6" tall)
    • 2 Large closets (2'2" deep x 3'6" wide x 7'6" tall)
    • Refrigerator (shared) (1'6" deep x 1'7" wide x 2'10" tall)
    • Trash and recycling bins

    Other Building Amenities

    Air Conditioning

    • No


    • Single-sex community restrooms by floor, with toilets, showers, and sinks
    • 2 gender inclusive restrooms in basement

    Bathroom cleaning

    • Daily bathroom cleaning at specified times

    Cable television

    • Outlets and Services Provided


    • No, each room is fully tiled

    Computer lab

    • Yes


    • No


    • Wireless and ports


    • 1 full kitchen in basement

    Laundry facilities

    • Laundry room located in basement, Campus Cash only!
    You can add Campus Cash at the card office or on their website at:


    • Multiple study lounges and social spaces in basement


    • Each room provides beds for students
    • Beds are loftable or bunk-able (see video)
    • Mattresses are extra Long (80" long x 36" wide)
    • no linens are provided


    • Located near Volleyball court