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Your Life at WashU

You matter. As a new student, you will receive personal attention to ease your transition to college life. You are an essential part of our special community.


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Housing & Communities

Washington University seeks to provide an environment that encourages learning and personal growth in an inclusive community that empowers and challenges our residents. The Office of Residential Life strives to meet the needs of our students and guests and reflect the high standards of WashU.

All first-year students must live on campus. Our residential colleges and dining services are consistently considered among the best in the country.

Washington University's residential areas include 10 residential colleges. Each residential college houses approximately 300 students and has social lounges, study rooms, personal computing labs, and recreation rooms.

Each residential college comprises one, two, or three separate houses that form a single community. Each has a Residential College Director (RCD) who works in close association with a Faculty Fellow, college mechanic, the housekeeping staff, Resident Advisors (RAs) and college council representatives.

The Faculty Fellows & Associates program allows students and faculty to get to know each other in more relaxed settings outside the classroom – from field trips to sports to informal gatherings. Several faculty members, called Faculty Associates, pair with students on residential floors and participate in floor activities like the First Year Reading Program. There are also faculty members, called Faculty Fellows, who live with their families in residential colleges, so they can interact easily with students.


Dining on Campus

Washington University is committed to providing fresh, high-quality food that is produced in a sustainable manner. Our nationally-ranked dining program offers diverse cuisines from around the world, and our chefs and staff are accustomed to meeting the needs of vegetarians, those who require or desire kosher or halal options, and those who have food allergies.

There are 18 different dining facilities located throughout campus that offer a wide variety of dining options—everything from hot entrées to made-to-order sandwiches, salad bars, and hot soups. Dining locations include food courts, several grab-and-go locations offering breakfast and lunch, and two convenience stores. Kosher and halal food is available at most locations.

Sustainable practices are a focus of dining services on campus. WashU seeks to reduce our impact on the food system by working with our dining service partners to develop a system for measuring and purchasing more food that is produced and distributed locally, humanely, fairly, and in an ecologically sound manner. Composting, recycling, and careful selection of the materials we use (plates, silverware, paper goods) are all part of our sustainability initiatives.


The Danforth University Center (DUC) offers a food court featuring Asian, Mediterranean, Latin, vegan, vegetarian, and specialty grill selections. It also houses Bergson Café, which is a convenient stop for coffee, espresso, cappuccino, and cold drinks as well as pastries, salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. Another dining option in the DUC is Ibby’s, a bistro offering a unique selection of menu items.

East End

Students enjoy lunch options on the east end of campus at Stanley's in Lopata Hall, Grounds for Change in Hillman Hall, and Etta's in Steinberg Hall.

Whispers Café

Whispers Café is located on the ground level of the recently renovated Olin Library. Whispers serves Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. coffee and espresso, including cold brew and nitro cold brew, as well as Firepot Nomadic Teas, including loose-leaf teas and a selection of hand-crafted chais. Grab-n-go menu items include panzanella salad, roasted chicken, quinoa and broccoli bowl, and java jolt cookies. Designed to be a relaxed, social and study space, Whispers has ample access to power outlets and WiFi.

South 40

Abundant dining alternatives are available at the heart of the on-campus residential area. Kitchen and dining facilities offer choices that range from home-style comfort food to innovative international cuisines.

  • Cherry Tree Café offers coffee, tea, and breakfast favorites from early morning to late at night. Deli sandwiches and paninis are available for lunch and dinner.
  • Bear's Den boasts the most diverse dining on campus. You can enjoy Indian cuisine, Latin favorites, and Mongolian grilled food along with popular grilled items, pizza, and pasta.
  • Paws & Go, a convenience store, has a large soup and salad bar, frozen yogurt, and many heat-and-serve options.​


New People, Experiences, and Ideas

Washington University students are among the most talented in the world.

They work hard and take learning seriously. They have been recognized nationally for achievements in areas ranging from genetic engineering to fashion design. They receive prestigious awards like Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarships.

While students are serious about their academic work, they also make time for activities, community service, and socializing. They embrace new people, new experiences, and new ideas. It’s easy to join in.




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Our people matterstudents, faculty, and staff. We create a welcoming and inclusive environment for people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

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