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  • White Hall

    Welcome to White Hall!

    White Hall Fast Facts:
    Mailing Address:
    Room #, Letter, White Hall
    1806 Farwell Street
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    White Hall Front Desk:
    (608) 789-4300
    White Hall Director:
    White Hall Duty Phone:
    (608) 498-7969

    White Hall, named after the professor who created the Homecoming Lantern Tradition, is home to 220 students in one of three First Year Experience coed residence halls at UWL.

    Most residents have one or two roommates with whom they share a bedroom. Wing residence halls have long running hallways with student rooms on either side. The term traditional means that residents in this building live in standard double rooms with a shared bathroom facility. As an FYE hall White Hall only houses first year students and is single sexed by floor.

    As a First Year Experience hall, Orris White Hall not only has an enthusiastic staff of Resident Assistants and a Desk Coordinator to support residents, but also a Learning Enrichment Coordinator and Academic Advisor housed directly in the building to support Orris White Hall residents in their academic and social transitions to college; for the LEC and Academic Advisor, this occurs through regular office hours and supplemental programming for residents to utilize. These services are funded by a minimal additional charge to residents of the First Year Experience buildings

    An added benefit of living in a First Year Experience building is that the start of the year holds many opportunities to get involved – all of the hiring for the Front Desk Assistants and Assistant Housekeepers, as well as recruitment for leadership involvement, starts within the first few weeks of residents’ arrival. Live with residents who are experiencing UWL the same way you are – and have fun making memories together!

    Orris White

    • Taught 1914-1952
    • Department: English
    • White served in the Army during World War 1, fighting the Germans on the French front
    • After the war was over, Orris spent time in Europe teaching and traveling. Locations included Bonn, Normandy, Vosge, and the French Riviera.
    • White was a lover of poetry, and wrote many poems about the natural beauty of the Coulee Region (many of which can be found in Special Collections!)
    • White began the tradition of the Hanging/Lighting of Lantern (which used to be a Homecoming Tradition). It’s significance was for alumni, and welcomed them back to campus
    • Here is an excerpt of the poem he wrote about it : “We’ll hang the lantern in the old college tower over the south door. You won’t need to look for the key, --the door will be open!”

    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

    White Hall Side 1
    North Side
    Front Entrance
    White Hall Side
    North Side
    White Hall Side 2
    South Side
    White Hall Side 3
    West Side

    Inside the hall

    White Hall Floor Plan
    Floor Plan
    White Hall Basement
    White Hall basement 2
    Study Area
    White Hall stairwell
    Stairwell Area
    White Hall game room
    Game Room
    White Hall hallway
    White Hall Kitchen
    White Hall lab
    Computer Lab
    White Hall Bathroom
    White Hall bathroom 2
    White Hall bathroom 3
    White Hall bathroom 4
    Bathroom Area
    White Hall laundry room
    Laundry Room
    White Hall Lobby
    Hall Lobby
    White Hall Lobby
    Hall Lobby
    Study Area
    Study Area

    Room Pictures

    Resident Room
    Resident Room
    Double as Triple
    Double as Triple
    Double as Triple
    Double as Triple
    Double as Triple
    Double as Triple
    Double as Triple
    Double as Triple
    Double as Triple
    Double as Triple
    Traditional Double
    Traditional Double
    Traditional Double
    Traditional Double
    Traditional Double
    Traditional Double
    Traditional Double
    Traditional Double
    Traditional Double
    Traditional Double
    Occupied room
    Occupied room
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    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

    FYE Community

    • In-hall general Academic Advisor
    • Learning Enrichment Coordinators who develop programs and events for the hall
    • Additional program funding for social and educational events that you benefit from and can apply to use

    Contact your Hall Director or Staff member for more details


    • No


    • Single-sex community restrooms by floor, with toilets, showers, and sinks
    • 1 gender inclusive restroom 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