List of Northwestern University residences

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This is a list of residential buildings at Northwestern University; for a list of other buildings see List of Northwestern University buildings

This list of Northwestern University residences catalogues the on-campus housing options for the university's approximately 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students on the Evanston, Illinois campus.


Residential colleges[edit]

These are the residential colleges that are located on the Evanston campus.

Ayers College of Commerce and Industry[edit]

The Thomas G. Ayers College of Commerce and Industry (CCI) is located next to the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center (SPAC) and just off of Lake Michigan. Built in 1991, it is divided into four floors, three of which are co-ed. CCI holds an annual Business Symposium, students to discuss business-related issues with leaders in the field.[1][2]

Chapin Hall (Humanities Residential College)[edit]

Humanities Residential College (Chapin)
Type Residential college
Established 1901
Faculty Chair Susan A. Lee
Associate Chair Jason K. Roberts
Assistant Chair Joel Harrison
President Elijah Beal
Vice President Grace Beumler
Treasurer Uzair Quadir
Academic Chair Maddie Hong
Communications Chair Olivia Worley
Philanthropy Chair Cherie Zhang
Internal Social Chair Christina Parker
External Social Chair Alanna Ramquist
IM Sports Chair Ava Serra
Helicon Rep Melanie De Vincentiis
Eco Rep Cloris Chen
Enrollment 72
Location 726 University Pl.
Evanston IL 60201

Originally built in 1901, Julia A. Chapin Hall became a women's dorm for Northwestern University in 1967. However, in the fall of 1979, Northwestern gave the dorm to the Humanities College, thus establishing the Humanities Residential College at Chapin Hall.[3] One of the smaller, dorms, Chapin Hall houses 72 students in the biggest doubles on campus.[4]

Chapin Hall has been renovated but maintained its patterned ceilings, wooden floors, and large stairways. The hall also includes a small library, three kitchenettes, a media lounge, and War Room containing an assortment of board games, a piano, and computers.[4]

Chapin Hall is also known for partnering with Helicon, a literary and arts magazine founded by Chapin alumnae.[5]

East Fairchild (Communications Residential College, CRC)[edit]

Communications Residential College (CRC)
Type Residential college
Established 1981
Chair Roger Boye
President Anna Cohen
Vice President Cas Pent
Tech Chair Alex Dickey
Academic Chair Marissa Martinez
Social Chair(s) Maia Brown and Jessica Liu
Treasurer Sarah Springhorn
Secretary Roxanne Panas
Philanthropy Chair Mia Mamone
Enrollment 109
Location 1855 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston IL 60201

East Fairchild's focus is mass media, attracting students interested in film, television, radio and journalism. Informal lectures, known as firesides, often feature journalists and filmmakers.[6]

CRC was built in 1981 as part of a $23 million South Campus project, which included the construction of 1861 Sheridan,1835 Hinman and other residence halls. A $2 million gift from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation helped provide equipment and finance other expenses for the residential college. CRC's equipment includes a radio station, WXRU 640 AM, as well as two movie-screening rooms.

In 1987, a beloved and talented CRC resident, named Will Arnold, died in his sleep due to an arrhythmia.[7] Will had been the college's equipment chair, and a fundraiser was inaugurated in his honor with half the proceeds going to the American Heart Association and half for CRC equipment and events. The fundraiser is called Radiothon, and it spans 50 hours of student-run radio shows. Events include a date auction, drag show, and a goods auction, with items and gift certificates donated by area merchants.

Hobart House (Women's Residential College)[edit]

Hobart House is the Women's Residential College, and is home to 50 undergraduate women. It was designed by the architect James Gamble Rogers, using Indiana limestone. It was named in honor of Emily Hatfield Hobart, a Northwestern University alumna who was killed in the civil strife in China in 1928 while serving as a missionary.

Hobart House opened as an all-women's residence hall within the East Sorority Quad in fall 1928. In 1981, the all-women's Allison Residential College, which had been founded five years earlier, moved to Hobart House and changed its name to the Women's Studies Residential College (WSRC). In 1988, the name was changed to the Women's Residential College (WRC) to encourage even broader participation by women.[8]

Jones Fine and Performing Arts Residential College[edit]

Jones Fine and Performing Arts Residential College
Type Residential college
Established 1982
President Russell Pinzino
Enrollment approx. 120
Location 1820 Sheridan Rd
Evanston IL 60201

Jones Residential College[9] is the fine and performing arts residential college, located on the southern edge of campus, directly across the street from Lake Michigan.

Jones was opened in the fall of 1982 as part of the residential college system. The building cost almost $2.5 million to develop, most of the funds coming from Wayne V. and Elizabeth R. Jones, to whom the building was dedicated. The Joneses were alumni of Northwestern from the graduating class of 1923. The facilities of Jones include spaces for photo editing, music recording, sound editing, ceramics studio, art studio, music and theatrical rehearsal rooms, a dance studio, and a performance space.[10]

Public Affairs Residential College[edit]

1838 Chicago Avenue. A politics and social policy-themed residential college.[11]

Residential College of Cultural and Community Studies (CCS)[edit]

Residential College of Cultural and Community Studies
Type Residential college
Established 1972
Faculty Chair David Rapp
Hall President Hunter Feeley
Enrollment 43
Location 2303 Sheridan Rd
Evanston IL 60201

The College of Cultural and Community Studies is one of the first residential colleges at Northwestern University and also the smallest.[12] Founded in the fall of 1972, CCS was originally called the Urban Studies College. The college's main purpose was to provide a home to students interested in the interaction of diverse cultures and urban communities in the U.S. and abroad. Residents have majors in many different areas but share an interest in cultures and concern for local and global communities. In 2007, CCS won the Northwestern Green Cup, an annual competition among Northwestern undergraduate residences to conserve the most energy. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, CCS was the overall winner of Northwestern's RCB Field Day, an annual competition amongst Northwestern's 11 residential colleges.

Shepard Residential College[edit]

Shepard Residential College
Type Residential college
Established 1972
Faculty Chair Ben Gorvine
Hall President Joseph Kim Hall Vice President Benjy Apelbaum
Enrollment 74
Location 655 University Place
Evanston IL 60201

Shepard Residential College is one of the two non-themed residential colleges at Northwestern University.[13] It is home to 74 students from first-years to seniors, making it a mid-sized residential college. Located at 655 University Place, near Allison Hall and the Public Affairs Residential College, Shepard is near downtown Evanston, the Music Administration Building, and Norris Student Center.[14]

Shepard Hall was constructed as part of Northwestern's Centennial celebration and was dedicated in November 1952 as an addition to the women's quadrangles. The original building was made possible by a donation from Mrs. Margaret Bowen Shepard to honor her husband and sister (who was the dean of women at Northwestern). Shepard began as a women's residence hall, but became a nonthematic, coeducational residential college in 1972. In 2015, the Residential College permanently moved from its old home at 626 University Place to its new one in what used to be the South Mid-Quads building at 655 University Place.

Shepard Residential College offers a classroom, TV lounge, study lounge, and computer room. The TV Lounge is equipped with a big-screen television, ping-pong table, and foosball table. Additionally, the residential college has a kitchen, laundry room, and various offices.[15]

The Residential College holds fireside talks, at which Northwestern faculty discuss topics of interest. In addition, Shepard has its own Dance Marathon team and hosts a Shepard Formal every spring.[16]

Slivka Residential College for Science and Engineering[edit]

Slivka Residential College
Type Residential college
Established 2002
Faculty Chair Kathleen Carmichael
President Brandon Scott
Enrollment 137
Location 2332 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60201

Slivka Hall was built in 2002 as Northwestern's residential college devoted to science and engineering.[17] It was named after Ben Slivka, a Northwestern graduate of 1982 who headed Microsoft's Internet Explorer team up to version 3.0. Slivka is located on the northern part of campus. It lies between CCI and the fraternities. The nearest dining hall is Elder Hall.

While predominantly made up of engineers and scientists, the Slivka community includes students from all six the Northwestern University schools. It is organized into suites by gender and has an unusually high retention rate of upperclassmen in comparison to its sister residential colleges.[citation needed] Slivka frequently invites professors and other Northwestern faculty, such as James Fraser Stoddart, to speak on subjects ranging from nanotechnology to the economics of the internet to social scandals in Elizabethan England. Slivka also hosts semiweekly professor-to-peer (P2P) lunches, where Slivka fellows are invited to join the residents for lunch at Sargent Hall, and quarterly student-fellow receptions in which the fellows join the residents for a catered meal.

Slivka has four floors and a basement. The basement houses the Discovery Room (a room containing computers, printers, and other assorted technology), and a bike room, music room, and laundry room. The first floor connects to a store called Lisa's Cafe, and the second floor has a recreation lounge. All the floors contain suites and a fully equipped kitchen.

West Fairchild (International Studies Residential College)[edit]

1861 Sheridan Road

Willard Residential College[edit]

Willard Residential College
Type Residential college
Established 1938
Master Gary Saul Morson
President Adam Sumner Downing
Enrollment approx. 300
Location 1865 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

Willard Residential College was built as an all-female dormitory in 1938.[18] The dorm was originally named Willard Hall after Frances Willard, a women's suffragist and leader in the temperance movement who served as Northwestern's first dean of women in the early 1870s. It became the first co-ed housing on campus in 1970, and it was renamed Willard Residential College in 1972, when the dorm became a part of Northwestern's newly inaugurated Residential College program. Willard is the largest residential college at Northwestern University.

Notable Willard fellows include current Master Gary Saul Morson and Irwin Weil. Notable alumni include Shelley Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, J. P. Manoux, Seth Meyers, David Schwimmer, Nicole Sullivan, Dave Revsine, Richard Kind, and Stephen Colbert.

Residence Halls[edit]

1835 Hinman[edit]

1835 Hinman Avenue

Allison Hall[edit]

1820 Chicago Avenue. This residence hall has been nicknamed "Hotel Allison" for having the nicest and largest dorms on the campus.[19]

Bobb Residence Hall[edit]

2305 Sheridan Road

Elder Residence Hall[edit]

2400 Sheridan Road

Foster House Residence Hall[edit]

2253 Sheridan Road This house came under scrutiny after an alcohol-related death of Matthew Sunshine in 2008, a freshman resident.

Foster Walker Complex[edit]

1927 Orrington Ave

Goodrich House Residence Hall[edit]

2321 Sheridan Road

Hinman House Residence Hall[edit]

610 Lincoln Street

Interfaith Living and Learning Community[edit]

Located on the fifth floor of 1835 Hinman, this residence hall is also known as Interfaith Hall.

Kemper Residence Hall[edit]

2420 Campus Drive

McCulloch Residence Hall[edit]

2315 Sheridan Road

North Mid-Quads Residence Hall[edit]

650 Emerson Street

Rogers House Residence Hall[edit]

647 University Place

Sargent Residence Hall[edit]

2245 Sheridan Road

South Mid-Quads Residence Hall[edit]

655 University Place


Alpha Epsilon Pi[edit]

584 Lincoln Street

Alpha Phi Alpha[edit]

Chi Phi[edit]


Chi Psi[edit]


Delta Chi[edit]

619 Colfax Street

Delta Tau Delta[edit]

2317 Sheridan Road

Delta Upsilon[edit]

2307 Sheridan Road

Kappa Alpha Psi[edit]

Lambda Chi Alpha[edit]

2339 Sheridan Road

Lambda Phi Epsilon[edit]

Omega Delta Phi[edit]

Phi Beta Sigma[edit]

Phi Delta Theta[edit]

2347 Sheridan Road

Phi Gamma Delta[edit]

2331 Sheridan Road

Phi Kappa Psi[edit]

2247 Sheridan Road

Pi Kappa Alpha[edit]

2313 Sheridan Road Website

Phi Mu Alpha[edit]

626 Emerson Street

Sigma Alpha Epsilon[edit]

2325 Sheridan Road (headquarters in Evanston)

Sigma Chi[edit]

2249 Sheridan Road (headquarters in Evanston)

Sigma Phi Epsilon[edit]

2341 Sheridan Road

Theta Chi[edit]

572 Lincoln Street

Zeta Beta Tau[edit]

576 Lincoln Street


Alpha Chi Omega[edit]

637 University Place

Alpha Kappa Alpha[edit]

Alpha Phi[edit]

701 University Place (headquarters in Evanston)

Chi Omega[edit]

1870 Orrington Avenue

Delta Delta Delta[edit]

625 University Place

Delta Gamma[edit]

618 Emerson Street

Delta Sigma Theta[edit]

Delta Zeta[edit]

717 University Place

Gamma Phi Beta[edit]

640 Emerson Street

Kappa Alpha Theta[edit]

619 University Place

Kappa Delta[edit]

711 University Place

Kappa Kappa Gamma[edit]

1871 Orrington Avenue

Kappa Phi Lambda[edit]

Lambda Theta Alpha[edit]

Pi Beta Phi[edit]

636 Emerson Street

Sigma Lambda Gamma[edit]

Sigma Alpha Iota[edit]

720 Emerson Street

Zeta Phi Beta[edit]

Zeta Tau Alpha[edit]

710 Emerson Street


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