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Campus Housing


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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The west campus housing is quite nice.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My experience was just average. The rooms in the dorm I lived in my freshman year didn't provide any privacy between roommates, so pretty quickly I grew to dislike them. Otherwise the staff and residents were nice, and there seemed to be plenty of opportunities to interact with others.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Terry Hall's honors community is fantastic

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus is massive. Your class could be up to a thirty minute walk from your dorm! I would say get a bike, but bikes get stolen on the daily basis.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in the west campus dorms which, at the University of Washington, are the newest dorms that you can live in. Particularly, this year the residents in my dorm are the first to live in this specific dorm. North campus dorms are a bit more of the "typical college dorms" style, but I don't know much about them as most of your friends will be made in the same dorm area for conveniency. I live in a pre-engineering living, learning community that means that most of the people on these pre-engineering floors are, well, pre-engineering students. This is super helpful for making study groups and friends because most of your floor mates will be in your same classes and have some of your same interests. Particularly in my dorm, for amenities, we have two kitchens per floor with accompanying lounges with TV's and reconfigurable seating and three study rooms per floor. In our very bottom level, we have an addition called "Area 01". Area 01 is open to all west campus residents and includes gaming pods, pool, shuffleboard, darts, ping pong, recording studio, image lab, 3d printers, laser cutters, and all sorts of fun things to do with your friends when you have free time.


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Dorms vary from Lander’s high-rise rooms with a view of Mt. Rainier to McCarty’s more modern living areas on North Campus. Proximity to campus poses a huge variable. Terry/Lander require a bit of a hike to Central Campus but only a short walk to the Ave., while McCarty, Haggett, and McMahon are nestled right in the Quad’s backyard. It’s pretty much the luck of the draw, with one guarantee: Your room will be tiny. Because of over-enrollment, UW often squeezes three people into a room originally built as a cozy double.

Lucky roommate matches end as inseparable friends throughout college, but just as many can’t stand each other by the end of the quarter. Don’t think you’ll avoid the problem by living with a best friend from high school, either—that’s not always the case. Many people find that such close quarters make living with anyone a difficult situation.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
Average Housing Costs
Undergrads Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
Best Dorms
  • McCarty
  • McMahon
Worst Dorms
  • Haggett
  • Terry-Lander
What You Get
  • Cable TV
  • Equipment checkout
  • Ethernet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Local telephone service
  • Mail delivery
  • Recycling
  • Replacement keys
  • Room change requests
  • Smoke-free environment
  • Stamps
Also Available
  • Apartments for married or single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students
  • Substance-free housing
  • Theme housing
Did You Know?
  • All UW residence halls are completely smoke-free. That includes balconies, public spaces, outside areas, and locations close to air supplies.
  • McMahon Hall is the largest of the UW residence halls with 1,050 students.
  • In 1876, Clara McCarty earned UW's first diploma. McCarty Hall was named after her.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

2104 House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 31
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Fully-equipped kitchen, living room with fireplace, dining room, TV den with cable, small library, laundry, bike storage, deck area. Board Optional Dining Plan available. For students age 19 and older.
Haggett Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 814
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Ethernet access, lounge with grand piano and fireplace, game equipment, photography darkroom facilities, large outdoor patio area. Business, International, and SAFE communities.
Hansee Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 336
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclasmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: 24-hour quiet hall, Ethernet access, lounge with large-screen Tv, grand pianos and fireplaces. For students age 19 and older.
Lander Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 839
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Activities center, fitness center, study rooms, large-screen TV room, covered basketball courts, Ethernet access, carpeted rooms, loftable and movable furniture. South Campus Academic Resource Center; Eleven 01 Café dining; First-Year Experience, Residential FIG, and Honors communities.
McCarty Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 710
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Lounge with table tennis and pool table, large study room, partially enclosed patio lounge, loftable and movable furniture in rooms, Ethernet access, carpeted floors. North Campus Academic Resource Center, Engineering and Honors communities, Ian's Domain Internet café.
McMahon Hall
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 1043
Bathrooms: Shared by cluster
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles in clusters (four double rooms and a balcony)
Special Features: Ethernet access, large study room, music practice room with piano, fitness and game equipment, large outdoor patio overlooking Lake Washington and Cascade Mountains, covered basketball courts, large-screen TV lounge, photography darkroom. 8 at McMahon dining, Arts community, The Nook express market.
Mercer Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 450
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Ethernet access, close to Terry Hall facilities, large-screen TV room, courtyard with volleyball court, coed floors, large recreational field, covered bike racks and storage. Close to The Ave and Burke-Gilman Trail.
Terry Hall
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 680
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Fitness center with machines and exercise space, activities center, darkroom, crafts room, saunas, game room, spacious lounge with large fireplace, study rooms, Ethernet access, carpeted rooms, loftable and movable furniture. Eleven 01 Café dining, Pre-Health Sciences community.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Stevens Court Apartments
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 310
Bathrooms: Private by unit
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Four- to six-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Small-group apartment-style living, fully furnished, full kitchens, open over breaks, satellite TV, community center, laundry, recreation room, loftable and movable furniture.

Student Polls

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