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The Residential Experience

Uniquely Northwestern.

Everything is within reach in your residential area, and your building is more than a place to sleep.

Note: For the most up-to-date information about the residential experience, including the potential impact of COVID-19, please see the Residential Services website.

Incoming first-year students live in residence halls, residential colleges, and/or special-interest housing (including fraternities and sororities) during their first two years on campus and these options remain open to students throughout their time at Northwestern. All buildings are part of a residential area, each of which consists of a cluster of buildings with common features, services, and staffing. Students are encouraged to live beyond their building, enjoy nearby amenities, and get to know a wider circle of neighbors over meals and through programming.