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Northwestern University

Residential Experience

More than a roof over your head.

Enjoy the safety, convenience and carefree lifestyle our campus provides.

Housing at Northwestern is as multidimensional and engaging as our people. Clustered into “neighborhoods” around campus, student residences create a shared undergraduate experience, foster diverse and inclusive communities, and enrich academic life. All first-year and second-year students live on campus, benefiting from the localized support and amenities available in their neighborhood as well as Northwestern’s vast University-wide resources. 


Students hanging out in dorm room
Students eating at one of the on campus dining halls
Students Outside of Willard
Inside of student's dorm room
Students in Study Area
Students playing pool in Jones
Students eating in dining hall
Practice Room in Jones
Students in lounge area of dorm
Lounge area inside of a dorm
Picture of dining hall
Picture of Dorm room with Students
Outside of Elder
Students hanging out in lounge room
Inside of dorm room
students practicing violins
Inside of dorm room

With 13 residence halls and 15 residential colleges and communities ranging in size from 21 to 400 students, you’ll find the perfect place to fit in, both academically and socially. There are even special-interest options for students who prefer fraternity and sorority life or environmentally friendly, substance-free, gender-open or interfaith housing. Regardless of where you live, you’ll find everything the campus has to offer just outside of your door.

Camaraderie and convenience—that’s what makes campus housing feel like home for our undergraduates.


28 unique residence halls and residential communities on campus

  • A few perks of campus living:
  • Internet
  • Cable TV
  • Housekeeping
  • 24/7 maintenance
  • Mail
  • Free laundry
  • Vending
  • 24/7 staff support


The options of a small city. The convenience of your own kitchen.

Midwestern meat-and-potatoes comfort food, vegetarian and vegan options, Kosher and international cuisine—our food at Northwestern is as diverse as our students. And like our students, it’s also admired and highly acclaimed. As an undergraduate, you’ll enjoy 19 all-you-can-eat meals a week on your dining plan. Along with 6 dining halls, and a variety of restaurants, cafes and convenience stores, you’ll never have to wait long or go far to fill up.

Northwestern Dining
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