Current Students
University of Wisconsin La Crosse Office of Residence Life
 
Room Signup/Changes
 
I am no longer planning to reside in a residence hall (i.e. no longer attending UW-La Crosse, living at home in La Crosse/area and commuting). How soon do I need to let someone know I am cancelling on campus housing?
It is important to notify the Office of Residence Life immediately upon deciding one is no longer interesting in living in the residence halls. (Keep in mind, the housing contract is for the full academic year.)

How do I choose which residence hall I want to live in?
Check out the descriptions of the halls by clicking here!

How do I change or add a roommate request?
Both roommates need to send an e-mail to reslife@uwlax.edu to request each other - include name, Student ID number and your requested roommate's name and Student ID number. Another option is to access your online application as you did initially to fill it out and update your requests. We make every effort to honor mutual requests for roommates. To help make this possible, you should apply in the same week as one another. Priority for room assignments is determined by the roommate with later acceptance date. Your roommate request must be made when you apply and must include the full name and University ID number of your roommate preference. If you are unable to apply at the same time, we must receive a letter or an email from both roommates in order to honor your roommate request.

How do I change my requested hall choices?
Email us at reslife@uwlax.edu giving us your name, Student ID number and your hall choices, or you may access your online application as you did initially to fill it out and update your requests.

How are room assignments made?
The Office of Residence Life staff make every attempt to honor your preferences. This, however, is not always possible. An outline of our room assignment procedure follows. Each spring semester, returning students (those currently residing in the residence halls) are given first preference to sign up for fall housing accommodations. Remaining spaces are then given to new students based on the date we receive their housing application and $75 housing deposit. Assignments are processed according to the following, assuming space is available to honor those requests - 1) date of receipt, 2) roommate preferences (those that are mutually requested), 3) hall preferences. Again, it is important to remember the earlier you apply, the greater chance you will have of receiving your preferences.

How are roommates assigned?
Roommate assignments are based on the information provided on the housing application. We do not make assignments based on race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry. Assignments are made based on the following priority list: date of application, roommate preference, and then hall preference (if you have a roommate preference you should apply at the same time and request the same hall preferences.)

Can I get a single room?
Due to the high demand for housing on campus at UW-L, single rooms are made available only to accommodate special circumstances. To discuss your eligibility for a single room, please contact the Director of Residence Life (Dr. Nick Nicklaus).

Why didn't I get my hall choice?
Each spring semester, returning students (those currently residing in the residence halls) are given first preference for fall housing accommodations. A percentage of spaces are reserved in each hall and then given to new students based on the date we receive your application and deposit. Assignments are processed according to the following, assuming space is available to honor those requests: 1) date we receive your application and deposit; 2) roommate preference (those that are mutually requested); 3) hall preference. Again, it is important to remember the earlier you return your housing materials, the greater the chance you will receive your hall preference.

What happens if a student/parent doesn't like the student's placement roommate?
Students are coming to college to learn and grow. Learning to get along with someone who is not the same is part of being an adult. Students are encouraged to experience that growth process by making an effort to get along with their roommate for a semester and if it doesn't work, they may then move. It is important for students to have realistic expectations about possible roommate relationships. Not all roommates will end up being best friends. But it is hoped that no matter how close the relationship, respect for each other is achieved and important life relationship skills are developed. Roommate Agreement forms are filled out when the students move in and can be revisited if and when necessary.

What is the smoking policy in the halls?
Smoking is not permitted in any residence hall nor is it permitted within 25 feet of any residence hall. Smokers need to extinguish and properly dispose of any smoking material prior to entering the hall.

What about a meal plan?
All students residing in the residence halls must be on one of the university's meal plans. The meal plan options are listed here.

What is Campus Cash?
Campus Cash may also be purchased to be used at Whitney Center, Cartwright Center or the University Bookstore. (Campus Cash is also used in the Residence Hall Laundry Rooms and some vending machines.) If you would like to add money to your Campus Cash account, please visit the TowerOne Card website here.

What is the cost for room and board?
To help you get an idea about costs, the 2013-2014 rates are listed below.

  One Semester Year
Traditional Hall Double-room rate $1,750 $3,500
Regular Triples $1,750 $3,500
Regular Triples (Hutchison Hall) $1,550 $3,100
Coate, Laux, White (UW-L first year halls) Additional charge of $25/semester Total additional charge of $50/year
Eagle Hall Double-room rate $2,225 $4,450
Reuter Hall $2,635 $5,270
For information regarding the meal plan options (including costs and details), please visit the Meal Plan website.

Last Updated: 2/19/14