Your Community

Community Overview

University Housing currently operates 24 residence halls and three apartment complexes housing over 10,500 residents. There is an extensive staff available to residents to assist with community needs, learning, and development. Many different departments within University Housing work together to meet the needs of our residents. These departments include Business Services, Communications & Marketing, Dining Services, Facilities, Family & Graduate Housing, Housing Information Office, Residential Life, and Technology Services.

University Housing Mission Statement

University Housing supports the academic mission of the University of Illinois. We enrich the academic development and enhance the integration of our diverse student body into the campus community through our programs, personnel, services, and facilities. 

Diversity Commitment

University Housing strives to create a safe and welcoming environment that values the diversity of our unique students, faculty, and staff. We are working toward an atmosphere where students and staff will work in partnership with faculty to cultivate respect for and appreciation of the differences and commonalities among all members of our university. We hold that students, faculty, and staff together share in the rights and responsibilities which are the foundation of this community. 

Residential Life

Mission

The mission of the Department of Residential Life is to develop and promote learning opportunities, and to provide safe, civil, clean, and comfortable communities for students and staff.

In accordance with the mission of the University of Illinois, the Department of Residential Life shares the responsibility of furthering the personal and educational development of students and staff. We do this through creating safe and welcoming environments, providing leadership opportunities, developing intentional learning communities, and giving special attention to the first-year student experience.

Vision

Learning, Growing, Mattering: For every person, On every floor, In every community.

The Healthy Living Community

Staff work in partnership with residents to create healthy and comfortable living environments. Through communication and cooperation, each resident can expect a community with the following characteristics. A healthy living community is one in which:

  1. All residents are able to read or study in their room/suite, free from undue interference. Noise and other distractions may inhibit the ability to do these activities.
  2. All residents can sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guests of roommates/suitemates, etc.
  3. All residents are assured that their personal possessions are treated respectfully, according to the wishes they have expressed to others about using and/or borrowing them.
  4. The living environment is kept clean according to mutually agreed-upon terms (community agreements).
  5. Residents have reasonable amounts of private time in their room/suite, reasonable amounts of time together with their roommate(s)/suitemate(s), and reasonable amounts of time with guests present.
  6. Guests of all community members are respectful toward the residents of the floor and their physical surroundings.
  7. All residents are treated with respect and consideration and are free from fear of intimidation, physical, and/or emotional harm.
  8. All members of the community are courteous and responsive to reasonable requests from other hall members.
  9. All members participate in the development of guidelines for the use of community space, the expenditure of hall funds, and the planning of community activities.
  10. All community members accept responsibility for community safety (e.g., refrain from misusing safety equipment, propping open security doors, losing or forgetting room keys, etc.)

Guidelines for A Healthy Living Community
Adopted by the Residence Hall Association (RHA)

Harassment

Residents are prohibited from threatening or harassing others for any reason and on any basis, including on the basis of their actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status. Specifically, residents may not (1) make any threat or engage in any physically threatening behavior which creates a reasonable fear for a person’s safety, or (2) engage in behavior which is so persistent, pervasive, or severe as to deny a person’s ability to participate in the university community.

Sexual Harassment

Section 1-109 of the Student Code states, “sexual harassment is defined by law and includes requests for sexual favors, sexual advances or other sexual conduct when (a) submission is either explicitly or implicitly a condition affecting academic or employment decisions; or (b) the behavior is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to create an intimidating, hostile, or repugnant environment; or (c) the behavior persists despite objection by the person to whom the conduct is directed. The University considers such behavior, whether physical or verbal, to be a breach of its standards of conduct. It will seek to prevent such incidents and will investigate and take corrective actions for violations of this policy. Further, retaliation against those who seek remedies under this policy is prohibited.” Students who have been the victim of harassment should speak with a resident director or complex director immediately or contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 333-0500 or by email at HELPdean@illinois.edu.

Staff

University residence halls are divided into five areas:

  • Urbana South: Babcock-Carr, Blaisdell-Saunders, Oglesby, and Trelease
  • Urbana North: Allen, Busey-Evans, Lincoln Avenue, Townsend and Wardall
  • Ikenberry Commons North: Barton-Lundgren, Hopkins, Nugent, and Weston 
  • Ikenberry Commons South: Bousfield, Scott, Snyder, and Taft-Van Doren
  • Graduate and Upper-Division Residence Halls: Daniels and Sherman

Coordinating each undergraduate area for Residential Life is a professional staff member, called an area coordinator (AC), who manages the overall area and supervises the individual hall professional and student staff.

Each undergraduate residence hall has a full-time, live-in professional called a resident director (RD). Each RD supervises student staff, advises the hall councils and central housing groups, responds to emergencies, resolves student disciplinary issues, and promotes student learning and development, as well as leadership opportunities.

Each floor or wing of the undergraduate halls has a resident advisor (RA), an upperclassman student who assists residents with resource referrals, advises the floor student government, provides nighttime coverage for the building, provides educational opportunities, and promotes community development.

Multicultural advocates (MAs) are students who live in the halls and have special training and interest around social identity, social justice, and multiculturalism. MAs work to encourage our communities to be open and supportive for all residents.

Some of the undergraduate residence halls offer living-learning communities such as Allen Hall/Unit One, Global Crossroads, Health Professions, Innovation LLC, Intersections, LEADS, Sustainability, WIMSE, and Weston Exploration. Halls with living-learning communities also have program coordinators (PC) on site. The PC works with the RD and RAs and directs the activities of the learning communities.

The undergraduate area staff is supported by a number of professional staff in the department of Residential Life. The director supervises five assistant directors who perform major functions that support students in their pursuit of academic excellence. These include Academic Programs & Research, Human Resources, Student Involvement, Community Standards, and Operations.

Coordinating and managing the graduate upper-division halls is a complex director (CD) and resident director (RD). The complex director is a full-time, live-in professional who manages both areas, supervises the student staff, resident director, and housing representative, responds to emergencies, promotes leadership opportunities and student learning, and resolves student disciplinary issues. The resident director is a full-time, live-in professional who is responsible for both halls, supervises the student staff, responds to emergencies, promotes leadership opportunities and student learning, and resolves student disciplinary issues.

Each graduate upper-division hall has a staff of resident advisors (RAs) who are available to residents. The RAs offer social and educational opportunities in the halls, provide resource referrals to students, promote community development, are on-call during the evenings, and respond to emergencies.

The graduate upper-division halls and apartments are supported by the department of Family & Graduate Housing. The director supervises three assistant directors and one complex director whose mission is to develop and support a safe and welcoming community where residents can pursue their academic goals.

Each area in the undergraduate and graduate halls has one or two secretaries or housing representatives who oversee the front desk operations, requests for services, room changes, and a variety of administrative tasks.

The Housing Facilities staff is responsible for making sure the public areas of each building are safe and clean. They respond to requests for services submitted to the area desks as well as any facility emergencies that may occur.

Residential Student Computing Services has network technicians (or nettechs) on staff to help make the proper connections to ResNet. They are also available for consultation in hall computer labs (see postings for hours). Staff members are also available to respond to requests submitted through an online form.

Unit managers supervise the daily operations of each dining hall, ensuring that we meet your dining needs. Culinary-trained production chefs work in each dining hall to provide their expertise in recipe and menu planning.

Academic Resources

There are numerous resources available to residents in the undergraduate halls. In addition to the staff listed above, undergraduate hall residents enjoy access to tutors, classes in the residence halls, and an extensive library system. The staff and programs offered in our communities support the academic mission of the University.

Hall Libraries

Libraries are located throughout the residence hall system. These libraries provide resources and support for academics including books, reference materials, quiet study spaces, and a knowledgeable staff to help students find the materials they need. An extensive collection of current fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, magazines, and CDs is also available. 

Residence Hall Libraries are located in the following buildings: Allen, Busey-Evans, Florida Avenue, Illinois Street, Lincoln Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Student Dining & Residential Programs building (SDRP). For more information, please call the Main Library office at 333-7150 or visit the residence hall libraries website.

Living-Learning Communities

University undergraduate residence halls are home to many living-learning programs and unique communities. These communities provide added programming and academic benefits to members of the communities, including classes on-site, co-enrollment in classes, or reserved seats in classes. There are also advising and referral services, tutors, and special opportunities to interact with faculty.

Global Crossroads: An International Living-Learning Community

Global Crossroads challenges and motivates students whose interests, experiences, and aspirations have a strong international component, including students planning international majors/minors, interested in international internships, study abroad or international work or service. Global Crossroads opened in fall 2000 and accommodates about 110 students on two floors in Saunders Hall, Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls (PAR). The community includes students from countries all around the world, and includes degree-seeking, transfer and exchange students. Global Crossroads is an excellent environment for international students to experience the United States college culture.

Health Professions Living-Learning Community: Access, Advocacy, and Leadership

The Health Professions Living-Learning Community brings together students pursuing careers in medicine, nursing, physical or occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine and related professions in a dynamic, engaging environment. This residential community combines elements to foster exploration of working with traditionally underserved populations (urban, disadvantaged, rural, elderly, and international) through courses, programming, services, and connections to campus and community resources. This program is located in Oglesby Hall of the Florida Avenue Residence Halls (FAR).

Innovation LLC

Innovation LLC welcomes students from all majors who share an entrepreneurial spirit. Students who thrive on invention, creative problem-solving, and fostering positive change in the world will feel at home in this inclusive community. Located on three floors in the Illinois Street Residence Halls, Innovation LLC features The Garage, a fully equipped workshop where individuals and teams can collaborate, develop ideas, and put their plans into action. Innovation residents also benefit from access to special courses, guest speakers, and resources to bring their ideas to reality.

Intersections

Whether your major is business, biology, sociology, or architecture, the ability to engage with others of diverse backgrounds is an asset that doesn’t begin and end in the classroom. With this in mind, Intersections opened in 2004 to provide 120 students with a living experience where they could find deeper ways to talk about race and culture, more fully understand different life experiences and points of view, and learn to live in a diverse community. Intersections students enroll in one of two courses focusing on cultural diversity and have the opportunity to participate in programs planned by students, faculty and staff, and outside guests. Program staff members include an academic director, program coordinator, hall director, resident advisors, and multicultural advocates. This community is located in Babcock Hall, Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls (PAR).

LEADS: Leadership Experience through Academic Development and Service

LEADS is designed to provide students with a residential experience based on the Illinois philosophy of leadership that focuses on self-development, communication skills, project and program effectiveness, and group dynamics. The program helps students identify, develop and practice their leadership skills. The community opened in fall 2000 and is located on the 3rd floor of Hopkins Hall in the Ikenberry Commons North area. The approximately 140 students share opportunities to enroll in courses, and participate in programs planned by students, faculty and staff, and outside professionals. Program staff includes a program coordinator, hall director and resident advisors. Students interested in LEADS do not need to have held a formal leadership role in any organization. Participation is encouraged from any student who wishes to be part of an energetic community committed to making a difference.

Sustainability

Sustainability LLC is a living-learning community that welcomes students to live and learn about diverse aspects of sustainability in a variety of ways: academically, organically, and experientially. Located on two floors in the Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls, students with similar interests and intents from a range of different backgrounds are invited to experience this new community, where opportunities abound to learn not only from professionals, but from each other and from shared experiences. Academic partner is the SESE, the School of Earth, Society and Environment.

Unit One/Allen Hall

Unit One, located in Allen Hall, provides a small-college environment with an intellectually and personally challenging atmosphere in a strong community setting. Unit One was established in 1971 and now has 650 residents whose majors, general interests, and academic abilities reflect those of the University's undergraduate population.Unit One features about 80 credit-granting courses, private music lessons, a host of workshops, field trips, volunteer activities, academic support, and about six guests-in-residence per year who live in Allen during one- or two-week visits. Staff includes a director, assistant director, student advisors, regular faculty, and teaching assistants who all have office space in the hall.

Weston Exploration Program

Weston Hall, in the Ikenberry Commons North area, is home to the Weston Exploration Living-Learning Community. Weston Exploration opened in fall 1997 with the mission to bring together classroom and living experiences to provide opportunities for students to discover areas of interest and abilities and how they relate to academic majors and careers. Students entering the Liberal Arts and Sciences General Curriculum may find Weston Exploration a particularly supportive and stimulating environment in which to begin their Illinois experience. Weston students from all majors can utilize the resources to identify and prepare for careers. Approximately 475 students are members of the Exploration community. Program staff include a program coordinator, hall director, resident advisors, academic advisors, counselors, and career counselors who all work on-site to provide classes, individual and small group activities designed to help students learn about themselves and campus resources.

Women in Math, Science and Engineering

The WIMSE community was established in fall 1996 to provide a supportive environment for undergraduate female students in a mathematics, science or engineering curriculum. The community has expanded since 1996 and is now home to approximately 135 students in Trelease Hall, Florida Avenue Residence Halls (FAR). WIMSE provides an active academic and social network designed to ease student transition to the university and facilitate student academic success. Program staff include a program coordinator, hall director, resident advisors, and tutors. WIMSE students have a computer lab on each floor, a resource center, on-site courses, and seats held in high-demand courses in their curricula. Students interact with faculty and professionals as part of the WIMSE dinner series, and participate in a variety of activities to increase awareness of campus resources, including research and internship opportunities.

Special Housing Options

Non-Visitation Community

Here the community members agree to not have visitors of the opposite gender in their rooms at any time. This living option is available in specifically designated rooms in Evans Hall.

Substance-Free Hall

For residents interested in living in a residence hall free from alcohol (even if 21 years of age), and chemicals or drugs (other than prescribed medications), Snyder Hall in the Ikenberry South area, our Substance-Free hall, is a good match. While a substance-free area does not change existing University policies that pertain to substances on campus, residents of this hall are committed to healthy habits and do not use tobacco products, alcohol, and other drugs inside the hall or on campus.

Transfer Student Cluster

Communities have been developed specifically for transfer students. The staff in these communities focus on the interests and needs of transfer students to assist in their transition to Illinois. This community is located on the second floor of Hopkins Hall (the cluster will move to Scott Hall in fall 2015).

Scholars Community

This coed community, located on the second floor of Leonard (LAR), is home to residents interested in pursuing research projects and participating in academically focused programming. 

Getting Involved

The best way to make the most of your time at Illinois is to get involved. There are many opportunities available for both undergraduates and graduates living in the residence halls. Below is a brief description of some activities and organizations that may be of interest to you.

Undergraduate Halls

Central Residential Funding Board

The Central Residential Funding Board (CRFB) was created by a group of students representing various residence hall organizations and constituencies. CRFB consolidates several other systems of providing funding for programs and activities in the residence halls. Any student living in University Housing's residence halls has easy access to supplemental funding for any program or activity that fits within Housing and University policies.

There are still funding opportunities at each hall—check with your hall organizations, resident director, or RA for those options. The CRFB is a centralized and simplified location for additional funding. The CRFB will meet regularly throughout the semester, carefully consider all funding requests, and quickly respond to all requests submitted.

Black Student Union (BSU)/Central Black Student Union (CBSU)

Each hall or area supports a Black Student Union (BSU). BSUs provide additional leadership and programmatic experiences for residents. An executive board is elected in the spring and has similar positions to hall councils. Each hall or area Black Student Union also represents its hall/area in the Central Black Student Union (CBSU). The CBSU elects an executive board in the spring.

Graduate Halls

Residents of the graduate upper-division halls are encouraged to be involved in the Resident Leadership Board (RLB). This group is available to residents of both Daniels and Sherman, and is advised by the resident director. The RLB plans events, advises professional staff on resident issues, and supports community engagement.

Community Agreement

In the undergraduate residence halls, the Community Agreement is a way for residents to have an impact upon their own living environment. Community Agreements are contracts developed by residents on each floor at the beginning of the fall semester. Floor members collectively and collaboratively determine their floor lounge use, a standard of cleanliness in the restrooms and trash rooms, how to resolve floor or neighbor conflict, etc. These agreements will be reviewed throughout the year to ensure that the guidelines are being followed and to adjust the agreements as needed.

Courtesy Hours

Courtesy hours are in effect at all times. Always be considerate of others and comply with a request for quiet. If a person asks another individual to be more quiet, residents are asked to be courteous and respect the request. Failure to do so will result in a judicial referral. Stereos, TVs, and musical instruments should be operated with regard for the rights of others.

Quiet Hours

It is important that residents respect the rights of others when they study, sleep, listen to music, and socialize. To that end, quiet hours may be voted on by all residents during the fall semester. Prior to or in the absence of a vote, the default quiet hours will be 11pm-10am on weekdays (Sun-Th) and 12am-10am on weekends (Fri-Sat) in the undergraduate halls, and 24 hours in the graduate upper-division halls. During quiet hours, noise in any room\suite should not be audible outside that room\suite.

Quiet hours are enforced by residents and staff members as necessary for the well being of the community. Quiet hours also include the floor lounges and outdoor courtyard areas. At the end of each semester, quiet hours are extended to 24 hours per day in all halls. This action fosters the additional quiet necessary to prepare for final exams.

The graduate upper-division halls honor 24-hour quiet hours year-round.

Guests and Visitors

Residents are welcome to bring a guest into the residence halls, and residents assume responsibility for the actions of their guest whether they are University of Illinois students or not. A guest is defined as anyone without valid card access or keys to that hall, floor, and/or wing. Every guest must be hosted by a resident, and the hosts are responsible for informing guests about applicable University and residence hall regulations. All guests must present proper identification when requested by University staff.  Failure or inability to do so will result in the guest being removed from the building and/or campus community.

A guest may not infringe on the rights of a resident's roommate\suitemate or other residents of the community. Guests who are disruptive may be required to immediately leave the University Residence Halls and may have future visitation restricted. Visitation regulations must be observed, and guests, including friends, parents, relatives, and faculty must be escorted at all times. Residents may not give their room key or i-card to any other person. Any guest not willing to comply with applicable University or residence hall regulations may be removed immediately from the building and/or campus community. University Housing reserves the right to restrict access to guests as deemed necessary for a campus/community emergency or event.

Guests must use the proper restroom within the building, and must be escorted to the appropriate facility. Men must use restrooms designated for men; women must use restrooms designated for women; or gender-free restrooms may be used where designated.

Nonresidents are not permitted to use certain residence hall areas such as laundry rooms, residence hall computer sites and libraries, rental parking spaces, ice machines, or storage rooms. They must be escorted throughout the building at all times by their host upon entering through the outside security doors.

During the weekend known as "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day," residents of University Housing residence halls will not be permitted to host any non-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student guests, either in residence halls or dining halls. A notice to residents is sent in advance, outlining the dates in which no guests are permitted (typically Thursday-Sunday).

Overnight Guests

Occasionally an overnight guest may wish to stay with a resident. The prior consent of the person's roommate(s)\suitemate(s) is necessary. Guests may not sleep in floor or main lounges, and an overnight guest may not stay more frequently than three consecutive nights per month.

A roommate\suitemate who has not been consulted regarding an overnight guest should address the concern first with the roommate\suitemate. If the matter is not resolved, the resident should seek the assistance of a resident advisor.

When ordered by the Director of Housing, University Housing may enforce restricted visitation period when it is deemed that non-University guests are not permitted in University residence halls (such as during the weekend known as "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day). Such a period would be in response to a critical incident for campus safety. Violation of this restricted visitation period will result in referrals to the University Discipline System.

Visitation

Visitation is established individually by the residents of each room. With the consent of your roommate, you may invite a guest to visit your room. Undergraduates may declare their own rooms “off-limits” for visitation during certain days or hours by discussing with their roommate(s).

There are designated areas in the undergraduate halls that are non-visitation. The women's non-visitation area is one wing of a residence hall floor. Students interested in this option should contact their Resident Director.

Lounge Furnishings

All hall and floor lounges, and shared living spaces, are furnished for the use of all residents. Furnishings (chairs, tables, lamps, cushions, and couches) must remain in their original locations. They are not intended for personal use in individual resident rooms. Floor, main lounge, or shared living space furniture found in resident rooms will be removed and the resident(s) will be billed a $40 relocation fee per item. Please be advised that some lounges may be used for break housing and temporary housing accommodations.

Laundry

Laundry is included in your room and board rate, and is strictly limited to University Housing residents only. It is a violation of University Housing policies to invite or allow non-residents to use the laundry facilities. Report any suspicious behavior immediately to your front desk. 

Security Awareness

Security in the residence halls requires resident cooperation and active participation. Room\suite keys are the most important means of security. Residents should keep their rooms\suites locked at all times, particularly when they are sleeping. A locked door deters intrusion.

Security doors should not be propped open; security doors that are propped should be closed. Locked doors protect residents. Nonresidents should not be admitted. A resident must escort a nonresident at all times while inside the residence halls. The office or desk clerk should be telephoned if someone suspicious is seen.

Strangers wandering on a floor should be questioned. Residents can ask to see the person's identification. If a resident calls to report someone suspicious, s/he should be able to describe the person. A staff member on the floor or the staff member on duty should be contacted immediately.

When residents question a stranger, they demonstrate that nonresidents cannot wander at will looking for opportunities to take advantage of a residence hall community and its members. Taking these precautions helps protect hall residents from these intruders.