As a freshman, you live in on-campus housing which makes your transition to college life smoother as you share experiences with other students.
Our residential colleges are complete living centers featuring recreation rooms, lounges, music practice rooms, computing centers, and laundry facilities. The South 40 residence area is a center of activity with a dining, a fitness center, technology center, meeting rooms, intramural fields, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and game rooms. Student-run businesses, including a bike rental and a laundry-dry cleaning business, also make their homes here.
Each living/learning community comprises two or three buildings forming a single community. Each has its own identity and flavor, offering programs and activities tailored to its residents.
In the residence halls, residential peer mentors offer tutorials in important freshman courses, such as chemistry and calculus.
Each floor of a residence house has one or two Resident Advisors, specially trained juniors and seniors are available to answer your questions and make referrals to important university services. RAs encourage a sense of community through social and educational floor events, support services, and advising.
After your first-year, there are various housing options on- and off-campus. On-campus options include housing in the Village, also designed to blend living and learning; suite-style housing; apartments; and fraternity houses. Beautiful suburban neighborhoods surround our campus, offering a variety of affordable apartments within walking distance—including many nearby off-campus apartments owned by Washington University. When classes are in session, shuttles run through many surrounding neighborhoods from early morning until after midnight.