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-three 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 in sophomore year or above, and through two university-owned apartment complexes. Students in graduate housing are not required to purchase a meal plan. One of the newer residence halls, Nugent Hall, has rooms with Beckwith Residential Support Services for students with severe physical disabilities.

University residence halls[edit]

Urbana North

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.
Built in September 1964, The Illinois Street Residence Halls include the 5 story Townsend Hall and the 12 story Wardall Hall. 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 floor 5 through 8. Both halls are located between Illinois Street, Lincoln Avenue, Green Street, and Goodwin Avenue. 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 opened as an all female hall; however, starting in the fall of 2011, LAR was gradually converted to a co-ed hall..[1] In 1984 its wings were named Leonard Hall and Shelden Hall. LAR is home to the Sustainability Living Learning Community as well as the Scholars Community.
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.

Urbana South

Completed in September 1966, FAR consists of Oglesby Hall and Trelease Hall. This complex is open to both men and women. FAR is home to the Health Professions Living Learning Community as well as the Women in Math, Science, and Engineering Community.
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. Saunders Hall is home to the Global Crossroads Living Learning Community while Babcock is home to the Intersections Living Learning Community.
Ikenberry Commons: Snyder Hall, Weston Hall & Scott Hall

Ikenberry Commons/Champaign

  • Ikenberry North
The Ikenberry North neighborhood contains four halls: Barton, Lundgren, Hopkins, Weston, and most recently Nugent. Barton and Lundgren opened in 1941 while Hopkins was built in 1958 (Weston was built at a unknown time). Nugent Hall opened Summer 2012 in time for the 2012-2013 academic year. They are all located along Gregory Drive, First, and Fourth Streets. Hopkins is home to the LEADS Living Learning Community and Weston is home to the Weston Exploration Living Learning Community. Nugent has special rooms with Beckwith Residential Support Services rooms.
  • Ikenberry South
The Ikenberry South Residence Halls make up the remaining half of the Ikenberry Neighborhood with Scott, Snyder, Taft, Van-Doren, and most recently Bousfield. 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. Scott Hall is home to the Transfer Cluster Community.

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 offer a different 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 some even 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]

Both Daniels and Sherman Hall are graduate student residence halls. 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, both Daniels and Sherman Hall house students that are in their sophomore year or older. Unlike most undergraduate residence halls at UIUC, undergraduate students who live here are not required to have a meal plan.


  1. ^ "About Choose Your Space | University Housing at Illinois". Housing.illinois.edu. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 

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