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Residence Halls at UW

Looking to live in the Residence Halls at the University of Wyoming? Here at Residence Life & Dining Services, we strive to create an inclusive living and dining environment. As a first-year student you are required to live in the Residence Halls and we are here to help make your transition as smooth as possible! 

The Residence Halls offer a diverse and exciting experience you will appreciate for the rest of your life. As a student, you have various choices to choose from when it comes to residence hall living at UW. There are six residence halls on campus, and you can choose from different living styles. Each type of housing has its own unique set of features and prices. On top of that, we also offer an abundance of Living Learning Communities as well as summer and winter housing options for those that need it!


Summer & Winter Housing


Washakie Dining Center closes at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 21, 2020, and the Residence Halls close at noon on Sunday, November 22, 2020.

The Residence Halls will re-open at 8 am on Friday, January 22, 2021. Washakie Dining Center will re-open at 11 am on that same day.

Approval for winter break housing is based on documented needs such as participation in university-related activities, work responsibilities, or other demonstrated need presented by the applicant.

Charges apply to winter break housing and are based on room type.  These charges will be applied to the student account. Charges will be calculated for nights stayed between 11/22/2020 through 1/18/2021.

Winter 2020-2021 Room Rates

Room Type

Nightly Room Rate

Weekly Room Rate

Double or Single Occupancy



Suite Occupancy



Those approved by the department to stay over Winter Break need to fill out the contract and indicate the UW activity they will be involved in. They will be notified if they have been approved.  Once approved, they then need to come in person to see Amanda or Rhiana in the Washakie Office between November 17-20, 2020, for card encoding. Please note that any resident who does not sign up for winter break housing will not have access to their rooms during the time period. 

Meal plans are available and required of any resident living in the halls between November 22 – December 11. Two meals will be served per day and the daily meal plan rate is $18.00.  This meal plan will be added automatically for any stay during these dates.

Washakie Dining Center will be closed between Dec. 12 – Jan. 21 and students are responsible for their own meals during this time.  Washakie Dining Center will reopen for the Spring semester at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021.

Application for winter housing will open on October 12, 2020, and the deadline to apply is Friday, November 13, 2020.

Apply here for winter housing. 

Please read the Terms & Conditions for Winter Housing.



Summer break housing will be available in the residence halls between the dates of May 15 – August 16, 2021.  Residents who do not have a Fall 2021 housing contract will be required to vacate by August 1.

If you would like to apply for summer housing, please complete the online application which will be available by April 1.  In it, you can indicate your dates of stay and select a summer meal plan.  Summer housing placement will be in single occupancy rooms.  To be eligible for occupancy in the University residence hall facilities, you must be enrolled in a University course or program either during the summer or for the preceding spring or following fall semester.  All individuals who stay longer than a week (7 concurrent days) are required to participate in a dining plan.  Charges apply to summer housing and are based on length of stay and meal plan. These summer charges bill to the student’s University account.

Summer 2021 Room Rates

Room Type

Nightly Room Rate

Weekly Room Rate

Single Occupancy



Summer 2021 Meal Plan Rates

Room Type

Weekly Rate

Any 15 Access


Any 10 Access


Read the Terms & Conditions for Summer Housing.


New Student Live-In Policy

Residential living is a valuable experience. Research conducted on a national level indicates that students who live in the residence halls are more likely to stay in school and graduate and are generally more satisfied with their college experience. Data collected by the University of Wyoming shows that first-year students living on campus earn higher grade point averages than off-campus students.

To help you maximize your potential, the UW Trustees have established a policy requiring newly admitted students to live in UW residence halls during their first academic year on campus and to contract for a minimum of a 12-access-per-week dining plan. 

There are a few exceptions to this policy as defined by the Board of Trustees. 

Exemption forms may be completed online through the Residence Life & Dining Services contract portal.  You will receive written notice when your exemption has been reviewed. You must apply for exemption prior to 4:30 p.m. on August 14, 2020. For spring semester only contracts, exemption applications must be submitted prior to 5:00 p.m. on January 8, 2021. Students may not be granted an exemption after these dates, even if they meet the criteria listed above.

Possible reasons for exemption include:

  • Student is 21 years of age or older

  • Student's graduation date from high school (or date student obtained General Education Development (GED) credential or other approved alternative education credentials) is at least 24 months prior to the first day of classes of the student's first academic year at the University of Wyoming.

  • Student is married

  • Student is a single parent with custody of a child

  • Student plans to live in Laramie (or within a 60-mile driving distance from Laramie) with parent(s), grandparent(s), sibling(s), or legal guardian(s)

  • Student will live on property in Laramie (or within a 60-mile driving distance from Laramie) purchased by parent(s) or legal guardian(s) while attending UW

  • Student has completed two semesters as a full-time student, or the equivalent credit hours (non-concurrent to high school), at a prior university or college (24 credit hours)

  • Student has a medical condition that is directly related to living in the residence halls and/or eating in Washakie Dining Center (student must provide documentation – reviewed and decided upon by Disability Support Services – which explains why the condition cannot be accommodated by the residence hall or dining room facilities)


If you are a transfer student with a minimum of 24 credit hours earned non-concurrent to high school – you do not have to complete an exemption form.  If you would like information about living on campus, check out our residence hall living options or the UW On-Campus Apartments

The Exemption Application is available via your Admissions Checklist. Contact the Residence Life & Dining Services office at 1-866-653-0212 or by email at

View the 2020-2021 Residence Life & Dining Services Contract Terms and Conditions




Toll free: 866-653-0212

Fax: 307-766-3613

Residence Life & Dining Services: 307-766-3175




Residence Life & Dining Services

Dept. 3394

1000 E. University Avenue

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY 82071 



The main office is located on the lower level of the Washakie Center.

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm


1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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