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 houses some of the university's approximately 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students on the Evanston, Illinois campus.


Residential colleges[edit]

Ayers College of Commerce and Industry[edit]

The Thomas G. Ayers College of Commerce and Industry (CCI) is a residential college at Northwestern University, 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 4 floors, 3 of which are co-ed. CCI holds an annual Business Symposium, bringing together many leaders in business-related fields with students to discuss various issues.[1][2]

Chapin Hall (Humanities Residential College)[edit]

726 University Place.

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

Communications Residential College (CRC)
Type Residential college
Established 1981
Chair Roger Boye
President Beth Koehler
Vice President Katherine Kearney
Tech Chair Nat Hoopes
Academic Chair Dylan Kennedy
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, presented throughout the year often feature journalists and filmmakers.[3]

CRC was built in 1981 as part of the $23 million South Campus project, which included the construction of 1835 Hinman and other residence halls. A $2 million gift from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation of Chevy Chase, Maryland, 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.[4] 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. 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. Another event is a show called "That's Stupid." Residents encourage their floor mates to charge a certain amount of money to perform a particular stunt or performance.

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

Hobart House is Northwestern University's Women's Residential College, home to 50 undergraduate women.

Hobart House 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.

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[5] is Northwestern University's fine and performing arts residential college on the southern edge of campus, directly across the street from Lake Michigan.

Jones was opened to students 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: a space for photo editing, music recording, sound editing, ceramics studio, art studio, music and theatrical rehearsal rooms, a dance studio, and a performance space. Jones Website

Public Affairs Residential College[edit]

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

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 Christopher Bayston
Enrollment 43
Location 2303 Sheridan Rd
Evanston IL 60201

College of Cultural and Community Studies[6] is one of the first residential colleges at Northwestern University and also its smallest.

The College of Cultural and Community Studies was one of Northwestern's first residential colleges. 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 United States and abroad. CCS emphasizes interaction with the local community through a variety of outings and through community service while maintaining interest in the culture that defines the world outside this community.

Students from as far away as Taiwan and as close as Evanston itself live together in CCS, one of Northwestern University's oldest residential colleges. Residents' majors range from art practice to journalism to engineering, but CCSers are united by an interest in cultures and concern for local and global communities. In 2007, CCS won the Northwestern Green Cup, an annual competition among all the 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.

CCS traditions include Finals Food, the Secret Box, Secret Satan, and camping.

Shepard Residential College[edit]

Shepard Residential College
Type Residential college
Established 1972
Faculty Chair Randy Freeman
Hall President Joseph Kim
Enrollment 180
Location 626 University Place
Evanston IL 60201

Shepard Residential College[7] is one of the two non-themed residential colleges at Northwestern University. It is the second-largest residential college, housing 180 freshman and sophomore students each year. Located at 626 University Place, near Allison Hall and the Public Affairs Residential College, Shepard is near downtown Evanston and the Music Administration Building. It is only 0.15 miles from Burger King, a popular late-night destination for Northwestern students, and less than half a mile away from the Norris student center.[8]

Shepard Hall was constructed as part of Northwestern's Centennaial 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.[9]

Shepard Residential College offers a piano lounge, classroom, TV lounge, study lounge, computer room, and multiple practice rooms. The TV Lounge is equipped with a big-screen television, pool table, ping-pong table, air-hockey table, and foosball table. Additionally, the residential college has the basic facilities offered by all residence halls, such as a kitchen, laundry room, and various offices. The majority of Shepard's facilities are in the building's basement.[10]

"Munchies" occur every Thursday night at 10:15pm, when the college's Munchies Chairs prepare different forms of food free to all "Sheep", as the residents call themselves. Firesides are another event, in which Northwestern faculty discuss various topics with any Sheep who are interested. In addition, Shepard has its own Dance Marathon team and hosts a Shepard Formal every spring. Other activities include the Woo-Shep Olympics (with rival'= residential college Willard), Midnight Ultimate (frisbee), and Midnight Running Club.[11]

Slivka Residential College for Science and Engineering[edit]

Slivka Residential College
Type Residential college
Established 2002
Faculty Chair Quincy Thomas Stewart
President Joey Salvo
Enrollment 137
Location 2332 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60201

Slivka Hall[12] was built in 2002 as Northwestern's residential college devoted to science and engineering. 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 Sargent 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. 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), the bike room, the music room, and the laundry room. The first floor connects to a store called Lisa's Cafe, and the second floor contains a recreation lounge. All the floors contain a varying number of suites, ranging from two on the first floor to six on the third and fourth floors, and a kitchen with an oven, a stove, a refrigerator, a dish washer, and a microwave.

Slivka's current mascot is the octopus.[dubious ]

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 Chukuemeka Nkemere
Enrollment approx. 300
Location 1865 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

Willard Residential College[13] was built as an all-female dormitory in 1938. 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. Willard Hall was renamed "Willard Residential College" in 1972, when the dorm became a part of Northwestern's newly inaugurated Residential College program. It had become the first co-ed housing on campus in 1970.

Notable Willard events include Fall Formal (held in the past at such locations as the Sears Tower, the Adler Planetarium, and the Chicago Public Library), Polka Party, and Woo-Au Loo-Au (a grill-out noted for its pudding wrestling followed by a plunge into Lake Michigan). Willard lists notable Northwestern figures, including current Master Gary Saul Morson, Carl Smith, and Sanford Goldberg, among its faculty fellows. Past Masters of Willard include Gary Galbreath, Carl Petry, Dan Garrison, Shep Shanley, and Irwin Weil. Willard is the largest residential college at Northwestern University.

Notable alumni include Shelley Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (room 420), J. P. Manoux, Seth Meyers, David Schwimmer (room 427), Nicole Sullivan, Dave Revsine, Richard Kind, and Stephen Colbert (room 114).

Residence Halls[edit]

1835 Hinman[edit]

1835 Hinman Avenue

Allison Hall[edit]

1820 Chicago Avenue. This Residence Hall has been nicknamed "Hotel Allison" for being known as having the nicest and largest dorms on the campus.[14]

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]

Beta Theta Pi[edit]

2349 Sheridan Road

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 (whose headquarters is located in Evanston)

Sigma Chi[edit]

2249 Sheridan Road (whose headquarters is located 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. (whose headquarters is located 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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