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Living on Campus

Hannah and her roommate pose together in their dorm room.
Hannah and her roommate pose together in their dorm room during their first year of school.

Beginning college comes with so many exciting changes, including moving into your own space. Moving into the residence halls is a great way to meet new people, get used to living on your own, and have all of campus right outside your door. Plus, meeting your hallmates — whether you have a roomie or are living alone — is a great way to make instant friends and find new interests.

Decorating your dorm and making it feel like home is the most important part of moving in and loving your new space. It is very exciting to get to decorate your room and express yourself through art and decor. If you’re living with a roommate, checking in and coordinating your room colors is a fun way to make a home for both of you. Bringing things to share with your roomie is also a great way to collaborate and make a home you both love. I texted my roommate before moving in, and she brought a futon and a TV, while I brought a bookshelf and a chair so we could set up an awesome hangout spot in our room. The space may be a little bit smaller than what you are used to, but with some great organization and savvy DIYs, it doesn't feel small. My freshman roommate and I ended up being best friends and loved getting to decorate our room together to create our new home!

If you’re not living with a roommate, you can decorate your dorm in a way that is uniquely you, maximizing your space and aesthetic to meet your taste and your needs. And if you’re living alone, don’t fear! Sometimes hallmates end up being even better friends than roommates, and everyone will be in the same boat, eager to meet the people around them and make new friends.

Living in the residence halls also allows you to connect with so many people that are always close by. You can meet other students that live near you through floor meetings or by just saying "Hi” in the hallway. Also, many floors in the residence halls have students with similar majors or interests that all live on the same floor called Freshman Interest Groups (FIGS). This will help you meet new friends who enjoy similar things.

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Making Friends

With all of campus easily accessible, it makes it easy to get used to getting out of bed and going to those 8 a.m. classes — or "8 AM-ers" as I like to call them. Being on campus also makes it convenient to meet up with friends or attend events. I loved meeting a group of friends on Washakie Green and heading to a football game or swing dancing in the Union. Also, I would meet up to study with friends in the library. On chilly days, I would head down to the basement of Washakie to study with friends and use the computer lab so I could avoid going out in the snow. The time you spend in the residence halls will be some of the most exciting memories from college, so make sure you get out there, meet new people, and enjoy.

After your first year in the residence halls, you can move into the on-campus apartments to still be conveniently located near campus in an awesome apartment community. UW has Bison Run, Spanish Walk, River Village, and Landmark that all offer different layouts and number of rooms. No matter how many roommates you want or the type of apartment you are looking for, this is a great option to move into for the rest of your college years.

Dorm Hacks!

We've created some ideas on how to make the most of the space in your new home. Check them out!


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You can apply for housing with UW Residence Life & Dining by clicking here. For more information about moving in and living on campus. Also make sure to give them a follow on social media @uwyorlds for awesome living tips and to stay up to date on important info about residence life.


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