Northwestern students hang out in a dorm room.

Residence life will be one of your favorite things about Northwestern because the bonds that start in our halls—through late-night conversations, homework help, and sharing music and movies—turn friends into family. Your NWC residence life experience will be different (and better) than at other colleges for reasons like these:

  • Nearly 90% of our students live on campus, and many stay around on the weekends. There's so much going on, there's no reason to leave.
  • Our student resident assistants (RAs) and professional resident directors (RDs) staff every wing and hall, so you'll be known, cared for, and challenged to be your best self.
  • Unlike other colleges, where freshmen-only dorms are the norm, at Northwestern many junior and senior leaders choose to stay in the residence halls to live with and mentor underclassmen. Students say the culture it creates is a highlight of their college experience.

"Living in a residence hall stretches you. You learn to live in community and love so many different types of people. When you move in, you're immediately welcomed into a diverse family." Amber Gilpin, Fern Smith Hall


Residence halls

Northwestern has 4 traditional residence halls, 1 suite-style residence and 2 student apartment complexes. Each residence has their own unique sense of community and memorable traditions. Mondays and Tuesdays are closed dorm nights; mixed-gender visiting is allowed between specified hours Wednesday–Sunday.

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