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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. There is also a transfer student community on the first floor.

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.

In September of 1967, Sanford Hall was ushered into the university residence hall system. The residence hall 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.

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Fast facts
Mailing Address:
Room #, Letter,
Sanford Hall 
1815 Farwell Street 
La Crosse, WI 54601
Sanford Hall Front Desk:
Sanford Hall Director: 
Albert Sanford expanding section
  • 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 amenities expanding section

Traditional Double

Room style

  • Traditional double
Traditional Double

Students per room

  • 2 students 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: Eagle ID card


  • 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
Transfer Student Community expanding section

The Sanford Hall Transfer Student Community offers transfer students a unique living experience. Designed and proposed by current transfer students, and with transfer students in mind, we are excited to offer this living opportunity for our transfer students. With all transfer students, the community is built to help transfer students adjust to a new university and be able to connect based on their shared experiences. The Resident Assistant (RA) of the community is also a transfer student, who is able to guide other transfer students through adjusting to a new campus and community. The events of this community are geared toward building connections between residents and to campus offices with resources for transfer students. Come live in a great community with students who share your experiences!