UIUC Residence Halls

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University Residence Halls at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are residence halls for students to live in. The university requires all first-year undergraduate students (who do not commute) to stay in either the University Residence Halls or in University Private-Certified Housing. Both programs are administered by the university's housing division. University housing for undergraduates is provided through twenty-two residence halls in both Urbana and Champaign. All undergraduates living within the undergraduate halls are required to purchase some level of meal plan, although they are free to eat elsewhere if they choose. Graduate housing is usually offered through two graduate residence halls, restricted to those over twenty years of age, and through two university-owned apartment complexes. Students in graduate housing are not required to purchase a meal plan. Disabled students are provided special housing options to accommodate their needs, and a new facility to is slated to open Fall 2010 which will include a state-of-the-art dining hall.

Alma Sealine is the current Director of Housing, which includes Residence Life and Dining Services.

Three of the University Residence Halls were featured in an article ranking "The 10 Worst Dorms In America".[1]

University residence halls[edit]

Peabody Residence Hall Area: Snyder Hall, Weston Hall & Scott Hall
An addition to the back of the Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall (LAR), Allen hall was built in 1958 and was originally all female, however it has since been converted to co-ed living. Allen is also home of "Unit One", one of the living-learning community programs in University Housing.
Busey Hall was the first residence hall built by the University, with its cornerstone laid on Saturday, October 21, 1916. Evans Hall was added in 1924-26. These residence halls are all female. Busey Hall and Evans Hall are two of the eleven buildings on campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Completed in September 1966, FAR consists of Oglesby Hall and Trelease Hall. This complex is open to both men and women.
The Ikenberry North neighborhood recently made an addition of Nugent Hall, which replaced Garner Hall," Ikenberry North includes Hopkins Hall and Nugent Hall in addition to the Barton/Lundgren/Clark Halls (although Clark houses the housing administrative offices). Hopkins was built in 1958, while Barton, Clark, and Lundgren opened in 1941. Nugent Hall was opened Summer 2012 in time for the 2012-2013 academic year. They are all located along Gregory Drive, First, and Fourth Streets.
Built in September 1964, The Illinois Street Residence Halls include 5 story Townsend Hall, and 12 story Wardall Hall. In fall 2007, Housing now base two floors as male floors and 10 floors of females residents. Since 1977, the Illini Railroad Club has maintained a large model railroad layout in the basement of Townsend Hall. The Innovation Living Learning Community is housed within Wardall Hall. Both halls are located between Illinois Street, Lincoln Avenue, and Green Street. ISR is across the street from the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
LAR opened its doors in September 1949, originally known simply as the "Women's Residence Halls". It has remained an all female hall ever since. However, starting in the fall of 2011, the first two floors went LAR Co-ed.[2] In 1984 its wings were named Leonard Hall and Shelden Hall.
PAR includes Babcock, Blaisdell, Carr, and Saunders Halls. Built in 1962, they were the first coeducational residence halls on campus, being split equally between men and women.
The Ikenberry South Residence Halls make up the remaining half of the Ikenberry Neighborhood with Snyder Hall, Scott Hall, Weston Hall and Taft-Van Doren. They are located along Peabody Drive, Euclid, and Fourth Streets. Snyder Hall is the only substance-free residence hall on campus. The newest addition of Bousfield Hall was opened up for the 2013-2014 term and is the first hall within University Housing community to boast both double and single suite style rooms.

University Private-Certified Housing[edit]

There are a number of private residence halls around campus, as well as a few houses that are outside of the Greek system and offer a wide and varied number of options that greatly change your living experience. While the private residence halls tend to be more expensive to live in compared to other housing options, they also offer a variety of amenities to make each opportunity unique. Some units have swimming pools in house, others offer apartment style living, and still more offer a cooperative living style, in which house members take turns doing various household tasks. All Private Certified Units are fully air conditioned.

Private-certified residences maintain reciprocity agreements with the university, allowing students to move between the public and private housing systems if they are dissatisfied with their living conditions.

Most undergraduates choose to move into apartments or the Greek houses after their first or second year. The University Tenant Union offers advice on choosing apartments and the process of signing a lease.



Graduate housing[edit]

Sherman Hall was formerly a graduate student residence hall. In the '05-'06 school year, overcrowding in the rest of the undergraduate residence halls led to Sherman Hall being opened to anyone who was not an incoming freshman. Currently, Sherman Hall houses international students, undergraduates, and graduate students. Unlike most undergraduate residence halls at UIUC, undergraduate students who live here are not required to have a meal plan due to the fact there is no cafeteria in Sherman Hall.


  1. ^ The 10 Worst Dorms In America”, The Huffington Post (2011 March 9, updated 2011 May 25)
  2. ^ "About Choose Your Space | University Housing at Illinois". Housing.illinois.edu. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 

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