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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? expanding section

Living on campus provides a great deal of advantages. 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. If you wish to park on campus, parking permits can be purchased at an additional cost.

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

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? expanding section

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

Are bed lofts allowed in the residence halls? expanding section

Bed lofts will be provided at no additional cost in every residence hall. As a result, home made lofts are not allowed in the residence halls.

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

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? expanding section

Specific information regarding move in procedures and dates can be found under the "ORL resources" 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? expanding section

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 or

Based on my gender identity, is University housing for me? expanding section

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 visit the Gender Inclusive Housing webpage or contact the Office of Residence Life prior to your contract due date to discuss your options at 608.785.8075 or at

Interested students are encouraged to contact the Pride Center which is devoted to serving students and the UWL 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.

*This statement was adapted from the University of Wisconsin Madison Housing Department.

What if I bring a TV to my residence hall room? expanding section

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.

Please refer to Cable TV info.

For a list of the channels available to you, view the channel guide.

If you have any questions about cable TV services at UWL, please contact the Office of Residence Life.

What guest rooms and studies are carpeted? expanding section

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? expanding section

Three person Traditional Hall rooms do not have the space (height) 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? expanding section

Yes, there is an additional charge of $40/semester.

If you are in extended housing that charge is waived.

What size futon can I bring? expanding section

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? expanding section

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

While you may purchase extra long linens at any retail store, Residence Hall Association Council (RHAC) has partnered with On-Campus Marketing (OCM) 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 RHAC and are used for programs in the residence halls. If you are interested in this option, please visit the OCM website at the following link:

When are doors locked or alarmed? expanding section

Front doors are unlocked from 9am-10pm, 7 days a week when classes are in session. For the safety of all students, side and back doors are locked at all times. Card access to back doors is 7 am to 10 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 10 pm on weekends. During all other times, residents have access to their residence hall via their University identification card. It is the policy of UW-La Crosse that students and their visitors carry proper, legal identification at all times. It is very important to contact the Campus Card Office (608.785.8891) immediately if you lose your student Identification card.

What if I do not want the furniture provided in my room? expanding section

All University provided furniture must be stored and present in your residence hall room.

Are the halls air conditioned? expanding section

Two of our residence halls, Eagle and Reuter, are fully air conditioned. While the others are not, there are only 2-3 weeks during the start of the academic year when you will miss having an air-conditioned room.

Will I be in extended housing based on when I signed my housing contract? expanding section

This is difficult to know in advance. Placements are made based on the earliest contract date of the roommates.

What happens if I change my hall preferences? Will that affect my priority in being placed? expanding section

You can continue to alter your housing application through June 15. Since we begin making placements in late June, we are not able to honor changes to your application after that date. You can access your application through WINGS.