University Housing

The mission of University Housing is to provide quality, accessible housing and to promote student learning and personal success in an inclusive, engaging community. Live! Learn! Engage!

University Housing administers twelve traditional residence halls, one suite style and two leased off campus apartment facilities, that can accommodate approximately 4,200 students.  Residence halls range in size from 200 to 600 residents and offer a range of living options such as coed halls, coed floors, coed wings, upper-class floors and halls, substance free & quiet floors, a Wellness building, the Global Village, and Learning Communities. Many of the residence halls also sponsor tutoring in their buildings to support student learning. Residents traditionally will be assigned to standard double rooms. Single rooms are offered as space is available or to accommodate documented medical necessity.

All residence halls offer completely furnished rooms as well as kitchens, study lounges, laundry facilities, and TV lounges. Some halls offer other amenities such as rec rooms and meeting rooms. All residence hall students are invited to use the computer labs in the residence halls. All rooms have one data port and wireless network access.

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Starin Hall, a suite style residence hall, opened in the Fall of 2010. The 4-person suites offer private bedrooms for each resident, a common space and a bathroom/shower within the suite. This building features many unique characteristics to support our campus accessibility initiatives as well as sustainability efforts.

The off campus apartment (Cambridge) offers 2 bedroom-4 person apartments complete with a living room, kitchen and bathroom.  It is within walking distance to campus.

University Housing does not have housing for married students; however, most married students are able to find off-campus housing in Whitewater or neighboring communities.


Each residence hall is administered by a professional Masters-level Complex Director and a graduate student Assistant Complex Director. A Resident Assistant (RA) lives in each wing and assists students with the residential living, learning experience. Custodians work hard in each building to keep public area facilities clean and attractive. All of these staff members are eager to work with residents to meet their on-campus housing needs.

Programming and Involvement

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater residence halls are proud to offer a variety of programming and involvement opportunities to meet the needs of all students. Leadership Involvement Teams in each building work with the staff to plan many different activities such as dinners, diversity related programming, floor competitions, movie nights, intramural teams, study skill programs, and speakers to present a variety of topics.  Members of the Leadership Involvement Teams may also work with the residence hall-wide leadership organization, the Residence Hall Association (RHA), which serves as the voice of the residents to University Housing.

The UWWTV station operates through University Housing and offers opportunities for involvement.

University Housing is the largest student employer on campus and is often recruiting for many positions such as RA, desk receptionist, student custodian, clerical assistant, graphic artist, grounds crew worker, and many others. Students seeking information about these positions, or any aspect of University Housing, should feel free to call for more information or refer to the University Housing web site at

Residency Policies

All freshman and sophomore students with fewer than 60 units are required to live in UW-Whitewater-operated residence halls. Exceptions can be made for students who are veterans, are married, are two academic years or more beyond earning a high school diploma or equivalent, or who have university permission to live at home. A notarized request for commuter status must be filed with University Housing. Students may also be exempted from this policy if they have resided in UW-Whitewater-owned residence halls for at least four Fall/Spring terms or it has been 2 years since their high school graduation.

Application Procedure

Further information about housing, along with an application, is available to students upon their admission to UW-Whitewater. Students are required to submit a $125 deposit with their contract acceptance form. This deposit is non-refundable after the May 1 contract cancellation deadline identified in the contract.

Additional Information

Additional Information about UW-Whitewater-owned residence halls is available by calling University Housing at 262-472-4255 or visiting the University Housing web site located at  Questions may also be emailed to

University Housing offers inexpensive overnight residence hall accommodations when space is available. For more information about the service, contact University Housing at 262-472-4200 or email and ask about Goodhue Guest Housing.