Before you arrive on campus, we want you to know the ins and outs of our residence halls. Often times, students don't always realize all the amenities they have available to them and have a wide variety of questions to ask before moving away from home. It's important for us that you feel comfortable and at ease even before you walk onto campus and become a Blugold. Below you'll find frequently asked questions and general hall information.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of furniture is in my room?
All rooms have modular furniture. Each student has his/her own bed, desk, desk chair and chest of drawers. Only University-provided bed loft systems are allowed in residence hall rooms.
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How do I arrange furniture in my room?
After talking with your roommate, you can submit an online loft request form. Watch for details in your assignment information on how to specifically request loft and/or room arrangements. The UWEC staff does all lofting as a free service to students.
Is MicroFridge rental available?
Yes, our student organization, National Residence Hall Honorary, provides as a fundraiser for this organization the opportunity to rent a MicroFridge unit through bedloft.com.
*Note: room assignment is needed to make an order.
Is there cable?
The University pays for cable and all on-campus students have access to it. There are hook-ups in each room and a TV cable is provided; however you must provide your own television. All TVs need to be QAM compatible.
TV-10 is a student-run television station whose movies and programs are cablecast exclusively to residence hall students. There are also big-screen televisions in each residence hall TV Lounge.
Is there internet in the residence halls?
There is wireless access throughout the Residence Halls as well as wired (Ethernet) access per room. There is also a computer lab in each residence hall with black and white printing (you must supply own paper). Information for Aspenson Mogensen may vary from Residence Halls. Refer to Housing Website for more details. Please refer to the ResCom Help Desk for further information about computing services and how to get connected.
You can also purchase a 25-foot ethernet cable from your residence hall's front desk for $8.00.
Are pets allowed in my room?
Small fish are the only pets permitted in residence halls, with a maximum tank capacity of up to ten (10) gallons. The presence of dogs, cats, and other pets is prohibited in all University buildings at all times except as approved through the Services for Students with Disabilities Office and/or the Director of Housing.
What is a chem free room?
As you are selecting your preferences on your housing application, an option for Towers, Bridgman and Oak Ridge is Chem Free Double. This is the same size living space within a community where students of any age are not allowed to have any alcohol/tobacco products or any other forms of substance in their rooms at any time.
Should I contact my roommate before move in?
Yes, you should contact your roommate as soon as possible. This will help relieve some stress. Email and telephone information for your roommate(s) is included with your room assignment information at My Housing Portal. You should discuss what each of you is planning to bring so you don’t have duplicate items. Facebook can present an inadequate picture of a person, so it is a good idea to contact them. If there are surprises on your new roommate’s profile, be sure to call and ask about it.
Once you receive your assignment via your UWEC email and/or mailer to home address in early June, you should contract your roommate as soon as possible.
Can I pick my roommate?
The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire’s Housing & Residence Life office is proud to offer RoomSync as our optional preferred roommate matching software to help you in finding your roommate. This service is available to incoming first year and transfer students.
By using a passcode-protected Facebook app, UW-Eau Claire works closely with RoomSync to provide our residents with the unique opportunity to interact with other students while safely finding future roommates. Students can only use RoomSync after obtaining a special PIN from Housing and Residence Life once you have completed your housing application. We do not honor any roommate requests made through other services so we encourage students to make sure they are only engaging with the RoomSync Facebook app. Please note that Room Sync closes April 2nd.
In collaboration with RoomSync, UW-Eau Claire aims to utilize social networking technology to empower roommate choice. By giving students the ability to select roommates, we strive to provide a happier and more gratifying campus living experience. If you have questions about how to use the RoomSync app, please contact our office or visit the RoomSync support page.
If you know already who you want to request as your roommate please do one of the following:
- If you have Facebook/using Room Sync: Both individuals go onto RoomSync before April 2nd and officially match as roommates. Then log back into My Housing Portal, Application, Update Application April 16-May 1st to make sure the correct information is on your housing application.
- If you don't have Facebook/not using Room Sync: April 16-May 1st go directly to My Housing Portal, Application, Update Application and now a feature will be available as you page through your application to add your roommate preference to your application.
What if my roommate is an upperclassman?
Don’t worry! Most times, having an upper class roommate is very beneficial. They know all the “ins and outs” of college life. They can make your college experience much less stressful.
Why is my roommate info blank?
- For fall term students, this means either you currently do not have an assigned roommate but may get one at any time. Or, you may be assigned with an international student. International students are assigned in July or beginning of August.
- For new spring semester students, this generally means you currently do not have a roommate but may get one at any time.
- Please continue to check your roommate information for updates. Read the International Roommate Guide as you prepare.
General Hall Information
Are residence hall doors locked at night?
UWEC has just instituted a security system. Please click on this link for more information – Residence Hall Access.
How do I get my mail?
Each resident shares a mailbox with his/her roommate. In some halls, students have their own mailbox. You will be issued a key for the box and can get your mail anytime.
The University has two types of mail services available for students to use. The US Postal Service picks up and drops off mail daily. When a student receives a package, a notice is placed in the mailbox and/or student will receive email notification to pick up package at residence hall front desk.
The University also offers an on-campus mail service. No postage is necessary for this service; however, mail will only be delivered to campus addresses. The campus mail service offers pick-up and delivery services to every residence hall as well as various locations around campus Monday through Friday.
Federal law prohibits the distribution of mail across the counter of the reception desk. When a student receives a package, a notice is placed in the mailbox. This notice should be shown with a University I.D. to claim a package at the reception desk. Students will be asked to sign for packages. No one else may claim a package for a student.
Are there quiet places to study in the halls?
Each residence hall has a quiet study area. Quiet hours start at 10:00 p.m. The library is also within walking distance.
How do I do laundry?
Each residence hall has several washers and dryers that are free of charge. You need to bring your own high efficiency detergent.
Is alcohol permitted in the residence halls?
Alcohol is not permitted in the residence halls unless you are 21 years of age or older. Students 21 or older may consume alcoholic beverages in their room. There are several floors that are designated as chemical free.
Can I hang things on my dorm walls?
Yes, but pictures, pennants, posters and other decorations should be attached to bulletin boards only. The use of tacks, nails or tape on walls, doors, ceilings or floors is prohibited. Masking tape may be used with care on unpainted surfaces. Electric lights should be kept away from bulletin boards and other flammable materials such as crepe paper because of the danger of fire.
The original design of walls, ceilings and floors may not be covered. Rugs on the floor are permitted. If bringing carpet, a 12' x 15' piece is recommended. University furniture may not be removed from the room at any time. If a person is injured because of a change or modification made by a student to his or her room or furnishings, the University cannot be held liable.
What rules must students follow in the halls?
The Residence Hall Coeducational Judicial Board (or J-Board) has jurisdiction on matters pertaining to violations of existing rules and regulations within or around the residence halls. The J-Board functions not as a court of law, but rather as a body to review alleged violations of University and/or residence hall rules and regulations. These can be found here.
What halls are open during break?
All residence halls remain open and available for no cost for the 2018-2019 academic year during break periods such as Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break. Student do need to register to stay.
When is Family Weekend?
Family Weekend is a Housing and Residence Life sponsored weekend that occurs during the middle of fall each year. It is a great time for parents and family members to visit campus and participate in fun programs. More information will be mailed when the time comes.
How should I mail packages to my student?
Mail is delivered to and picked up from each hall every day except Sundays and holidays. To assure proper delivery, mail should be addressed as follows:
For Residence Halls: (exception Haymarket and Aspenson Mogensen see the residence hall page)
Room Number and Residence Hall
642 University Dr
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Residence Hall Mailing Addresses
Bridgman Hall: 610 Hilltop Circle
Chancellors Hall: 820 University Drive
Governors Hall: 640 Hilltop Circle
Horan Hall: 651 Hilltop Circle
Murray Hall: 11 Garfield Ave
Oak Ridge Hall: 810 University Drive
Putnam Hall: 99 Garfield Ave
Sutherland Hall: 620 Hilltop Circle
Thomas Hall: 101 Garfield Ave
Towers Hall: 642 University Drive
Haymarket: 220 Eau Claire Street (54701)
Aspenson Mogensen: 222 Water Street (54703)
Priory Hall: 642 University Drive
Where should I park when visiting?
There is a Visitor Center parking lot (corner of Roosevelt and Park) provided for campus visitors. There are seventeen (17) spaces available for reserved guest parking Monday through Friday.
Parking reservations must be made 24 hours prior to the arrival date by calling the Visitor Center at (715) 836-2544. Guests without prior reservations may use the Visitor Center lot if there is space available, or they can obtain a guest permit for other lots.
Please visit Parking & Transportation for more information.
Is there a welcome week for new students?
Yes! Welcome week for new freshmen starts on move-in day and continues through the first day of classes in September. It is comprised of multiple events for students to participate in. This is a great time to meet new people and fully experience college life when first arriving on campus!
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