Residence Hall Contract & Rates

Administrative Policies

Residence Life administers the UW-System Board of Regent’s policy (Regent Policy Document 24-2) requiring first-year and second-year students to live in university residence halls. This requirement does not apply to students who are 21 years of age or older or students who have graduated from high school two years prior to the start of the contract. Students who are veterans, married, or have extenuating financial circumstances can request exemption from this policy.

Students who are seeking an exemption to the 2-year Residency Policy should visit the 2-Year Residency Policy web page for further details about the Exemption Request Form or the Commuter Request Form.


Property which is left by a resident at the end of their contract period or when the student leaves an assigned space will be boxed up by a minimum of two residence life staff members. The contents will be inventoried and stored in another location. A letter and a copy of the inventoried items will be sent to the student at the student’s home address on file with the university, informing them that they have 15 days to claim their property. Items not retrieved within the time limit will be donated to a local charity or disposed of at that time. The university has no liability for the loss or damage to a resident’s personal property if the property has been abandoned.

When a student moves into the residence halls, they are required to fill out a Room Condition Report (RCR) so Residence Life staff knows the condition of the room when the student first walks in. It is important the RCR is filled out completely and in detail. Any questions about this process should be directed to the RA or HD.

A student is expected to:

  1. Print legibly so the RCR is readable.
  2. Fill out the top information including: Name, ID (W#), Hall and Room #, and Cell Phone Number. Also list any medical information they would like Residence Life staff to be aware of (this will be kept confidential).
  3. Select the side of the room for which they will be responsible. The “right” or “left” is based on standing in the doorway, facing the window.
  4. Fill out the RCR, in detail, for all items in the room based on the side of the room they will occupy. If you find a problem or damage, describe the location, size, color and shape of the damaged item/area. Fill in the key code on your room key (not EO8257)
  5. Verify that all of the following items are in the room. If any are missing, a student should contact the RA or HD right away.
    • One bed/mattress per resident
    • One desk, chair, and bookshelf per resident
    • One closet/wardrobe per resident
    • One dresser per resident
    • One cable box per resident
    • One micro fridge
    • One trash can
    • One recycling bin
  6. Once the RCR is completed, the student should sign their name and date on the bottom of the check-in side of the RCR. RCRs are to be completed and turned into the mailbox in the lobby of the residence hall on the same day they check in.

Students who do not fill out the RCR and turn in to the mailbox in the hall lobby, will be held responsible for the condition of the room based on the check-out information from the previous year


Visit the Move In web page for step-by-step check in procedures.

All residents leaving the residence hall are required to check out of their room with hall staff before leaving campus. The student needs to schedule an appointment with hall staff at least 24 hours, or one business day, in advance. Room key must be turned in at the time of check-out. Failure to properly check out or return your room key will result in financial charges to the student’s account, which may include an improper checkout fee and room re-key fee.

Residents who have withdrawn from the university have 48 hours to check out of their residence hall.

A Residence Life staff member will check to ensure that the student has cleaned their room and will document any damages. Staff members will not check the room until the student has finished cleaning the room and removed all of their belongings.

Residents who fail to follow the checkout procedures outlined will be charged an administrative fee of $50 for improperly checking out.

The following description should be used by students as a guide to follow prior to checking out of their room:

  1. Remove all personal belongings.
  2. Return all university property to its original order and location.
    • Unloft the bed (except in Hathorn Center). Set the bed frame on the 4th rung from the top of the bed-end. Loft ends should be placed on top of the mattress.

Furniture Layout

  1. Room Cleaning Guidelines:
  • Walls/Ceiling/Mirrors: Remove all posters, tape, stickers and adhesives and clean marks and adhesive residue off all surfaces.
  • Floor: Sweep, vacuum and/or mop the floor. Do not sweep anything into the hallway.
  • Door: Remove all stickers/tape from both sides of door and clean off all writing/marks and adhesive residue.
  • Windows/Screens: Close and lock windows, and remove all tape, stickers, and adhesives.
  • Furniture: Wash all furniture surfaces – chairs, desks, dressers, window sills, etc. There should be no stains, black smudges, tape, or sticky spots left.
  • Micro Fridge/Refrigerator: Remove all items. The last resident in the space to leave must defrost, dry out and wipe clean the inside of the fridge and freezer. This includes the water tray underneath the freezer. This process takes over 24 hours. Do not use any object to remove frost or ice as this will puncture the unit. After defrosting and cleaning the fridge, leave it plugged in and set on level 3.
  • Wastebasket/Recycling bins: Empty and wash.

When a student checks out of their room, the check-in and checkout sections are then compared to help assess damages that may have occurred in the room during the student’s occupancy, beyond normal “wear and tear.”


Visit the Move Out web page for detailed check-out steps.

To request a repair in your hall or on-campus room, visit the Hall Work Order web page.

Public Area Damage: Damage to any residence hall furniture, fixtures, or facilities or damage to property of students living in the residence hall is prohibited. If a student is responsible for damage in public areas of the residence hall, the cost of repair/replacement is charged to the student’s eSIS account.

Resident Room Damage: If anything is damaged, broken or missing at the time of checkout, the resident(s) may be charged to have it fixed/replaced. Staff will use the Room Condition Report completed by the resident at the beginning of the year to compare the condition of the room. Any and all damages that were not specified on the Room Condition Report when the resident moved in, other than normal wear and tear, will be recorded and charged to the student’s eSIS account. If it is not known or cannot be resolved which roommate(s) is responsible for the damage, then the charges will be divided equally between the roommates.

Damage Billing: For checkouts occurring within the semester, damages will be charged to student’s eSIS account immediately after checkout. For end of semester checkouts, those charges will be submitted within a few weeks. Repair/Replacement Cost of Items in Room (see next page) are approximate prices and are subject to change.


Item Traditional Halls Ames Suites South Fork Suites
Bike Locker $500 $500 $500
Bike Locker Key $40 $40 $40
Blinds $40 $40 $40
Bookcase NA $109 $75-$125
Bulletin Board $10 $10 NA
Ceiling $5-$10 $5-$10 $10-$20
Cleaning Fee $25 $25 $25
Computer/TV data box 12.50-$50 $12.50-$50 $5-$100
Desk $75-$200 $239 $10-$200
Desk Carrel (not center Hathorn) $150 $150 $150
Desk Chair $40-$100 $111 NA
Dirty Room/Floor $12.50 $12.50 NA
Door $60-$250 $125-300 $120-$500
Door (damage to number) $12.50-$25 $12.50-$25 $5
Dresser $75-$250 $221 $75-$200
Guard Rail $30 $30 $30
Key for Room $40 $40 $40
Key for Suite NA NA $55
Key for Both Room and Suite NA NA $75
Light NA NA $15-$60
Light Fixtures Cover $15-$30 $15-$30 $15-$30
Loft Bed $50-$200 $216 $50-$200
Loft Ends $150 $173 $150
Loft Shelf (Grimm & Stratton) $40 $43 NA
Loft Step (not Grimm, Stratton, Center Hathorn)  $10 $10 $10
Mattress $122 $122 $122
Mirror $20 $20 NA
Peephole $2.50 $2.50 NA
Micro Fridge (dirty or not defrosted) $5-$10 $5-$10 NA
Micro Fridge (replace) $47.50-$135 $47.50-$135 NA
Recycling Container $5-$10 $5-$10 $5-$10
Room Furniture (movement) $10 $10 $10
Screen (repair) $12.50 $12.50 $25
Screen (replace) $50 $50 $100-$150
Screen (removal) $5 $5 $10
Smoke Alarm $10-$20 $10-$20 NA
Sprinkler $25-$2500 $25-$2500 $25-$2500
Thermostat $200 $200 $200
Tile Damage (ceiling) $5 $5 $2.50
Tile Damage (floor) $5 $5 $2.50
Towel Bar $10 $10 NA
Walls (cleaning and/or painting) $20-$100 $20-$100 $20-$100
Wardrobe NA NA $350
Wastebasket $5-$10 $5-$10 $10
Window (replace) $50-$125 $50-$125 $30-$250
Trash removal $10 (min) $10 (min) $10 (min)


If one student moves out of a room during the academic year, the remaining resident may be assigned a new roommate or may be given the option to pay extra to keep their room as a single (space permitting). An OSF will be given to the resident and the resident will have two days to return the OSF from the date the form is issued. If a resident does not return their form by that time, they may be consolidated with another resident in their hall.

Residents who have not elected to keep the room a single must keep the other half of the room clear of belongings so it is ready for another student to move into. If the other half of the room is not clear, the resident may be charged for a single room rate.

Residents should contact Residence Life if they have any concerns regarding a roommate.

If a student has a general complaint, has been a victim or witness to an incident that does not meet Residence Life community standards, they are encouraged to report the incident at If the student prefers not to report the incident themselves, they are encouraged to find an RA or HD who will help them with their conflict or concern.

Bias/Hate Incidents

If a student has been a victim or witness of a hate or bias incident, they are encouraged to report it through the office of Student Conduct and Community Standards reporting system at

Sexual Assault

If a student has been a victim or witness of a sexual assault, they are encouraged to report it through the office of Student Conduct and Community Standards reporting system at

To report a crime or if a student is in need of assistance, members of the campus community, including residents of campus halls, should call the University Police Department at 715-425-3133 or the River Falls Police Department at 715-425-0909.

In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Rates include housing during Thanksgiving Recess and Spring Break. Students needing to stay on campus for J-Term or summer need to sign an additional contract and pay additional charges.

View a list of rates on the Residence Hall Rates web page

A student faced with a temporary disability that may require a special housing accommodation should contact Residence Life. Residence Life will work to find the student a temporary location, depending on availability.

The temporary residence hall assignment is meant to be short-term (less than one semester in length). Residence Life will continue to “hold” the initial housing assignment for the student until they are able to return to that space.

Contact Us

Department of Residence Life
M-F, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
B3 East Hathorn Hall