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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

Rooms 

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?

Students should plan to self-loft furniture within your room. It takes 2 people and a rubber mallet. You can bring your own mallet or check one out at the front desk.

Tutorial Video 

 

Is MicroChill rental available?

Yes, our student organization, National Residence Hall Honorary, provides as a fundraiser for this organization the opportunity to rent a MicroChill unit through https://www.collegeproducts.com/store/uwec/.

*Note: room assignment is needed to make an order.

Are vacuums provided in the residence halls?

Yes, vacuums are provided at the residence hall front desk.  Vacuums can be checked out when the front desk is open, each day.  Students just need to show their student ID for checkout.

Haymarket Landing, Aspenson Mogensen, and Priory residents should talk to their RAs about vacuum locations.

How does heat and air conditioning work in the residence halls?

Heat

The heating system on campus is run by the heating plant on upper campus.  The heating plant provides the steam that is sent out to the buildings and on to the individual rooms.  The heat is only on during the times of the year when there are consistently cool/cold temperatures.  During the fall semester, once there are consistently cool temperatures, the heat will be turned on.  Once the heat is turned on, the heat will be on throughout the rest of the heating season.  In the spring semester, when there are consistently warm temperatures, the heat will be turned off.  There is no specific date for when the heat is turned on or off for the season.  This entirely depends on the weather forecast which will be monitored by our Facilities staff before a decision is made.

 

Air Conditioning (Chancellors, Suites, and Towers Halls)

The Air Conditioning system on campus is run through the campus chillers.  The chillers provide the cooling that is sent out to the buildings and on to the individual rooms.  The campus chillers are only on during the times of the year when there are consistently warm temperatures.  During the fall semester, once there are consistently cool temperatures, the chillers will be turned off.  Once turned off, there will be no air conditioning provided to the buildings.  In the spring semester, when there are consistently warm temperatures, the chillers will be turned on.  There is no specific date for when the chillers are turned on or off.  This entirely depends on the weather forecast which will be monitored by our Facilities staff before a decision is made. 

Haymarket Landing, Aspenson Mogensen, and The Priory also have air conditioning, but are off campus locations controlled by a different system.

Is there cable?

Cable TV is available within certain lounges in each building but not offered in individual rooms. 

TV-10 is a student-run television station whose movies and programs can be streamed.
MyTV10

 

How to access the Internet in the residence halls?

There is wireless Internet access throughout the Residence Halls. There is also a mobile print station in each residence hall. 

Please refer to the LTS Help Desk for further information about computing and technology services.

What not to bring?

WiFi router

Residents are not allowed to use a personal router to expand the WiFi network provided in our residence halls. This is a violation of UWEC policy as it reduces the overall quality of WiFi for you and your neighbors. Each resident can request a Port Activation for a wired connection in their room in addition to the WiFi.

Personal printers

We recommend that residents do not bring their own printer. They take up a lot of space, and WiFi printers can interrupt our wireless service. Each of our residence halls have a mobile print station that can be accessed at any time.  If you do bring a printer, please turn off its wireless capacity and use a cord to  physically connect your computer and printer.

Smart/“Internet of Things” (IoT) devices 

Our WiFi network can support many devices including laptops and gaming consoles. Some types of smart/IoT devices designed for home use will not work, (such as smart lightbulbs, digital assistants like Alexa and more). Due to the rapidly growing number of devices, Housing and Residence Life does not have a list of specific devices that are not supported on our network.

Are pets allowed in my room?

Small fish and Mollusks 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 to do if there is a facilities repair issue in the residence halls?

If there is a facilities issue in a student room or apartment, please fill out a work order in your Housing Portal.  Please choose your bedspace and then provide a detailed description of the issue in your room.  Please include your contact information and any requests about the repair.  Your work request will be sent to Housing and then on to the correct location to resolve the issue.

Our staff will come to your room to address the issue.  Unless it is an urgent repair, most repair work will be done between 9am and 3pm.  Our staff will knock and announce themselves when they arrive to the room.  If no answer is received, staff will knock and announce themselves again before entering the room to repair the issue.  Filling out the work order gives our staff permission to enter the area to address the issue.

What is a chem free room?

As you are selecting your preferences in your Housing contract, an option for Towers and Bridgman are 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.

 

Roommates

 

Can I pick my roommate?
  • If you already know who you want to request as your roommate or you find someone on the roommate finder/Facebook page, one individual may invite the other individual to a roommate group within the housing contract @ My Housing Portal. The other individual then must accept the invitation to make a mutual roommate group.

  • If you want to search for a roommate among other incoming students, the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Housing + Residence Life is excited to offer a Roommate Finder functionality within your My Housing Portal.
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.

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.

Federal law prohibits the distribution of mail across the counter of the reception desk. Student must bring University I.D. to claim a package. Students will be asked to sign for packages. No one else may claim a package for a student.

Mail: Mail for all halls is delivered to Towers Hall. Mail for all hall is then delivered to the respective facility and housing staff places mail in the student mailboxes.

Packages: Packages for all hall (except Haymarket, Aspenson Mogensen and Priory) are pick up by the student at Towers Hall. Packages for Haymarket, Aspenson Mogensen, and Priory will be delivered by housing staff directly to these facilities. These residents should anticipate up to a 1 business day delay from delivery to Towers to availability for pick up in the hall. All residence hall students will receive an email notifying them that a package is ready for pick up.  

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 many people share a bathroom?

Most wings have 3-4 showers in each bathroom. About 30-35 residents share these showers. All showers are individual stalls.

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. 

J-Board Rules

What halls are open during break?

All residence halls remain open and available for no cost during break periods such as Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break. Student do need to register to stay.

How do I get a campus parking permit?

All campus parking is managed by Blugold Central. Watch your email for more information from this office on how to secure a parking pass. 
More information or questions contact Blugold Central at 715-836-3000 or blugoldcentral@uwec.edu

Parent Questions

When is move-in day?

Information on Move-In Day

College Care Package Catalog: SWAKU

College Care Package Catalog: SWAKU

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.

Housing Events

How should I mail packages to my student?

Mail and packages should be address per the below address information.

Mail: Mail for all halls is delivered to Towers Hall. Mail for all hall is then delivered to the respective facility and housing staff places mail in the student mailboxes.

Packages: Packages for all hall (except Haymarket, Aspenson Mogensen, and Priory) are pick up by the student at Towers Hall. Packages for Haymarket, Aspenson Mogensen, and Priory will be delivered by housing staff directly to the facilities. These residents should anticipate up to a 1 business day delay from delivery to Towers to availability for pick up in the hall. Students will receive an email notifying them that a package is ready for pick up.

For Residence Halls:

Student Name
Room Number and Residence Hall
642 University Dr
Eau Claire, WI 54701 

Where should I park when visiting?

Please visit Parking & Transportation for more information.

Is there a welcome week for new students?

New Fall Term Residents
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!

For more information click here.

New Spring Term Residents
Watch for spring semester activities occur the first week of class. There are many campus happenings. But also watch for details within your hall.

 

What factor determines assignment priority?
  • Assignments are run based on housing contract submit date.
  • If you have a mutual roommate group request, then the assignment will be based on the student with the earliest housing contract submit date.
  • Assignment process includes two rounds:
      • Round 1: Students who preference and are selected for an assignment within a Living Learning Community or with an international roommate, will receive assignment completed by Housing in contract submit day order in early June.
      • Round 2: In mid-June, any student remaining without an assignment after round 1 will then be eligible for room self-selection with selection occurring in application submit date order. If student has a preferred roommate, the student may pull in this roommate to the room during selection as long as they have established a mutual roommate group.  
When is assignment information available?

Students and roommates (if applicable) selected for living learning communities or international roommates will be notified via email beginning of June.

Remaining students will then participate in room self-selection occurring in mid-June.

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