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Living and Dining on Campus

Residence Life & Dining Services is one of many departments and groups on campus that works to create a supportive environment for students as they adjust to the academic rigors and social atmosphere of the college experience. The biggest part of UW's rationale in requiring first-year students to live in the residence halls is that residential living during the freshman year helps students integrate into college life and increases their likelihood of achieving academic success and ultimately graduating.

The residence halls create an environment that promotes community and enhances academic success. Learning communities and Freshman Interest Groups bring students with similar interests together. Resident Assistants (RA's) on every floor further enhance the community environment through group activities and provide assistance in difficult situations a student may encounter.

Residential living and dining provides a transition between living with one's family and living independently. By taking care of many of the basic details related to housing and dining, we allow students to focus on academic success and adjusting to their new social independence.  In the residence hall basic utilities are paid, bathrooms and public areas are cleaned regularly, and on-call staff are available for maintenance. Washakie Dining Center provides a wide variety of dining options, where students can gain experience in making healthy choices while enjoying some of the best food available in Laramie. 

All residence halls that house freshmen are alcohol-free, regardless of the resident's age. Our residence halls alcohol policy is part of our wider effort to make the residence halls a healthy academic and social community. Crane Hall, reserved for students of sophomore standing or above, is the only residence hall in which alcohol is permitted for students who are over 21.

While many freshman will not be used to sharing a room with a roommate, most students find that the tradeoffs are well worth it because of the new friends they make, the fun they have, the academic assistance available to them, and the community atmosphere they enjoy in the halls.

The more connections a student is able to make on campus, the more likely he/she will be to enjoy and continue his/her college career. Living in the residence halls is one major way to promote these connections and help ensure the long-term success of new students. We look forward to getting to know your student.

Student at the salad bar.

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