Living in the Halls

Facilities and Services

As you make the transition to college, your residence hall is designed to provide you with everything you need to be successful in your "home away from home."

Each residence hall room is equipped with the components for a student to properly loft their bed. Students are required to set their bed back to its original position or as instructed upon checking out of the room. 

Bikes are welcomed on campus, however, they are not allowed to be stored inside the residence halls. Bike racks are located on each side of campus, adjacent to the residence halls.

A limited number of enclosed bike lockers are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis near the residence halls. Fill out the Bike Locker Rental Agreement Form to reserve a bike locker, available on the Residence Life website. The cost is $60 per academic year and $25 for the summer.

University Police offers a free bicycle license program which records each bike’s information (make, model, serial number, color, and owner information). Bicycle Registration will assist in the recovery of lost or missing bicycles and help reduce the potential theft of bicycles. Contact the University Police with questions (715-425-3133).

Collaboration stations are specially-designed work areas strategically placed in designated halls throughout campus where students may meet to collaborate on projects using multimedia. Each collaboration station provides a table with power outlets and adapters which connect to a large flat screen television, allowing users to display the content of their multimedia device on a larger screen for others in the room to view. Collaboration stations are available in Ames Suites, Crabtree, Grimm, Hathorn, Johnson, Prucha, and Stratton halls.

Kitchen and cooking facilities are available in each residence hall. These facilities usually include a stove top, oven and microwave.

Elevators are available in Ames and South Fork Suites, as well as Crabtree, Hathorn, Johnson and May halls. If an elevator is not working, inform Residence Life staff immediately.

Residence Life has three fire pits available for student use. One is located between Jesse H. Ames Suites and Crabtree Hall, one is located by the Ann Lydecker Living Learning Center, and one is located on the west side of Johnson Hall. Contact the University Center Reservations Office for more information and to reserve a fire pit.

Each residence hall room is furnished with a loftable bed, dresser, study desk, closet rod, and a desk chair for each student living in the space. Room furnishings should not be removed from the room. A microwave/mini-fridge is available for roommates to share (excluding South Fork Suites). Students are not permitted to bring additional refrigerators/freezers or microwaves.

RResidents are able to make adjustments to the level of heat in their rooms. If they believe the room is too hot/cold, they should contact their hall staff. Personal heating/air conditioning units are not permitted.

Each student is provided with a UW-River Falls student ID card which is used to access the residence halls. All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Students should carry their IDs while on campus and never lend them to other individuals. If a student’s ID is lost, stolen, or damaged, they should contact the Division of Technology Services (715-425-3687) or visit them in 160 Davee Library as soon as possible to deactivate the card and get a new one.

All residence halls are Wi-Fi enabled. Information about how to connect to the campus internet is available from the Service Catalog on the Department of Technology Services (DoTS) website.

Isolation Meal Boxes are available to on-campus residents enrolled in a meal plan. For more information about the Isolation Meal Box plan and request form, visit the Dining Services webpage.

Laundry facilities are located in each hall in either the basement or individual communities, depending on the building. Laundry machines are free to residents. Each resident must provide their own detergent and dryer sheets. It is recommended that residents use detergent pods, as they work best in our high efficiency machines. With the Laundry View app, residents can also determine when a machine is available and/or when their laundry is done. If a machine is not working, call the phone number on the machine for repair. More information can be found at the Laundry View webpage at

If a light bulb in a student’s room burns out, they should report it through the campus work order system, TMA and they will replace the light bulb as soon as they can.

If a resident believes that they have lost any items, they can check with their hall director, the University Center Information Desk or University Police to see if the item has been turned in to the campus lost and found.

If a resident is temporarily locked out of their room (e.g. key is inside locked room), the resident should look for an RA who would be able to let them into their room (any RA in the building can assist the resident). If no RAs are available at the time, the resident should contact their hall director. Custodians and maintenance staff cannot allow a student back into their room.

When a student loses their room key, they must go to the Residence Life office (B3 Hathorn Hall) to request a lock change and a new key. When the lock is rekeyed, the locksmith will provide a new room key to residents who are present. Residents who are not present when the lock is changed can receive their new key from their hall staff.

There is a fee associated to replace a lost or stolen key. A traditional residence hall room is $40. A South Fork Suites room is $75 for both the suite and room doors. The suite door only is $55 and the bedroom door only is $40.

Residents have secure mailboxes in their residence hall they can access with their room key. Envelope-sized mail is delivered to residence hall mailboxes Monday through Friday.

Packages for residence hall students are delivered to the Hathorn Mail Center in Hathorn Hall. Students will receive an email to their UWRF email when they have a package to pick up from the Hathorn Mail Center during open business hours. Residents must retrieve their own mail and will need their UWRF ID to retrieve packages.

The student’s name must be written clearly on any mail/packages along with their correct hall and room number. Residents should inform family and friends to not send cash and to certify anything of value with the Post Office. Mail that cannot be identified by staff or delivered due to an incomplete address will be returned to the sender. See pages 7-8 for residence hall addresses.

Contact the Hathorn Mail Center with questions regarding mail and packages at 715-425-0704 or


For six months after a student moves out of their residence hall room, only first-class and priority mail will be forwarded to the mailing address that the student has provided in eSIS. If this address is not correct or is not where they wish to have their mail sent, it is the student’s responsibility to change their mailing address in eSIS here:

Prior to leaving the residence hall for the summer break, residents should update their mailing addresses in eSIS, with companies, family members and friends to ensure they get their mail.

Mattresses are provided as part of the furnishings and measure 80” X 36” and are 8” thick. Twin extra-long sheets are recommended.

Micro Fridge units are provided in most residence hall rooms. The micro fridge units have a refrigerator component and a microwave. Separating the unit is considered vandalism and a resident may be charged restitution for the repair of the unit. It is advised that students defrost their refrigerator/freezer at least once during the academic year. See checkout procedures for instructions.

Instead of micro fridge units, the George R. Field South Fork Suites includes a kitchenette which has a full-size refrigerator and microwave.

On-campus parking information, including information about parking lots near the residence halls, is available on the Parking Office website.

Student assistance in reporting maintenance or custodial conditions in our residence halls is essential. If residents have concerns regarding maintenance or custodial conditions, they should report them through the campus work order system, TMA.

Room layout and dimensions can be found on the Residence Life Room Design web page.

The Division of Technology Services (DoTS), located in 160 Davee Library, provides technology support to all students, faculty and staff, and residents at UW-River Falls.

Residents can get help by visiting the Technology in the Halls web page for the following topics:

  • Connect your device
  • Cable television and channels
  • Download Office 365
  • Find your MAC address
  • Printing
  • Reset your password
  • Student ID assistance

Technology assistance should be directed to DoTS at, 715-425- 3687, or visit the DoTS website.

Residents are responsible for removing trash and recycling on a regular basis to maintain cleanliness. Trash and recycling should be placed in the appropriate receptacles located outside each residence hall.

Vending machines are located within each residence hall. They accept cash and credit cards. Residents who experience any issue with the vending machines should contact the phone number located on the machine to address their concerns. Residents can also work through vending machine issues or refunds at the University Center’s Information Desk.

Contact Us

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