Step onto the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus and you can sense it — this place feels right. It’s what you’ve been looking for – a vibrant community that opens up an exciting new world of ideas, people and possibilities, but still provides the familiar comfort, convenience and security of home. A place to explore, experience and engage life – to have fun! It’s where you’ll make new connections and form lifelong friendships. A place to stimulate your mind, touch your spirit and exceed your expectations.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a world-class institution that thrives on creative interaction between students, faculty, the local community and the world. From the 24hr Midnight Sun to Fairbanks’ signature -40 below, the campus is alive with possibilities. With zero commute, friends next door and plenty of recreational activities happening down the hall or in the next building over, you are in the center of the action. When campus is at your doorstep, the only thing you need to do is step outside.
Living on campus not only is convenient and affordable, it's a great way to find a home within the university community. The UAF's residence halls vary in size from the 320-resident Moore Hall to the Sustainable Village with just 16 residents. All students must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the University's expectations, as stated in the Residence Life Student Handbook, the Residence Hall and Dining Agreement, and any/all other applicable University policies, procedures, supplemental agreements, rules and regulations.
Benefits of Living on Campus
According to research, on-campus students do better academically than their peers who live off-campus. Nationally, as well as at UAF, students who live on campus persist in school and have a higher graduation rate than those who do not. On-campus students find it easier to take advantage of academic assistance services and also get increased motivation by working alongside their peers.
Safety and Security
Residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents are issued a Polar Express card, which grants them entrance to their residence hall. Guests and visitors must be escorted at all times. Exterior entrances to halls are checked nightly by Security Officers. Professional Staff live in each building and Resident Assistants are on duty each night. Safety Awareness Programs and evacuation drills occur each semester.
Students are within walking distance of classrooms, Rasmuson Library, Wood Center Student Union, Dine49 Cafeteria, and the Student Recreation Center.
Living on campus is often more economical than living off campus. There is no worry about monthly bills - students pay only once a semester! Services such as high-speed internet, water, and electricity are included in this total cost.
Caring, trained, and professional staff care about each student's experience at UAF. Staff also provide resources, support, and programming to enhance the student experience.
Beginning in their freshman year, many students build their resume by working for Residence Life or other campus departments. Students learn problem-solving skills and sustainable practices to follow as they are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their community.
On-campus students get the opportunity to interact on a deeper level with a diverse group of their peers, forming friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Residence Hall Questions
There are many questions that we are asked about the residence halls. This section provides information about questions that are common to each of our residence halls. Each hall is different and has things about it that are unique. To learn more about a specific hall please select it from the list at the right.
|Is a residence hall the same thing as a dorm?|
The terms "residence hall" and "dorm" are often used to mean the same thing, but UAF recognizes a significant difference between the two. The term dorm originates from the Latin word dormitus, meaning to sleep. An important objective of residence hall communities at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is to provide not just a place to sleep, but also a safe and productive environment to study and learn, and opportunities for social interaction. Residence Life staff through activities and programs held in every hall make important contributions to this objective.
|Do I have to live in a residence hall?|
|There is no requirement for any UAF student to live on campus, but we highly recommend it. Living in the residence halls has many advantages over living off campus, such as convenience to classes and campus services, cost, and the benefit of living in a community of other college students. You will find that living on campus is much more convenient than living off campus. Basic cable service, laundry, and security are provided as part of your housing costs. You pay for your room for the entire semester, so you have less to worry about. Residence hall communities are a great advantage for students. Studies show that students who live on campus get better grades and are more likely to finish their degrees. (After all, isn't that what you're here for?) This figure is due in no small part to the support system that other resident students will provide for you.|
|How do I apply for housing, and what are my chances of getting what I want?|
Everyone who is accepted to UAF is sent a packet of applications, which contains an application for campus housing. If you have been accepted, but did not receive an application, please contact us to receive one: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find an application online. Please complete the application and return it to us with the $355 ($40 nonrefundable application fee plus $315 damage deposit). The earlier we receive your application, the better your chances of getting the space you want. Students who apply in July or August are at risk of not getting a space, as we are at our fullest point in the fall semester. We are usually able to add new students for spring semester.
|What is EDGE program, and do I have to live there?|
|EDGE stands for Education, Development, Growth, and Experience. This program is designed to provide traditional first year students (first-time freshmen under 20 years of age with less than 20 college credits) with an extra support network. EDGE provides extra staff members, including academic tutors on each floor. EDGE is currently housed in Moore Hall and Skarland Hall, which are alcohol free communities. All traditional first time freshmen that opt to live on campus are required to participate in this program.|
|Are single rooms available?|
A limited number of single rooms are available on upper and lower campus. There are no single rooms available in the Cutler Apartment Complex or Lathrop Hall. Residents of certain halls have the option of a Super Single, a double room with an occupancy of one, if available. Most first year students share a double room. For more information, please contact our office for more information.
Can I request a particular hall or roommate?
|Returning students go through a process called "Room Selection" in the spring, where they choose their room and roommates. Traditional first-time freshmen are obligated to participate in the EDGE program, but we will do everything we can to accommodate roommate requests. Please indicate your preferences on the housing application.|
Will my residence hall be open during winter and/or summer break?
|All residence halls are open during Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks. There is no additional charge to stay in the buildings during these times. Most buildings are closed during Winter Break and Summer Break. Residents wishing to stay on campus will be consolidated into as few buildings as possible. If you wish to stay on campus during Winter Break or Summer Break, you must apply at the Central Office of Residence Life.|
Can I live in the residence halls for just one semester?
|Your UAF housing contract is for the academic year, meaning that if you live on campus for the fall semester, you are obligated to live on campus for the spring semester, as long as you are still a UAF student. Residents who cancel their contract early lose their deposit and are obligated under the contract to pay 25% of the charges for the second semester.|
|Are there people that can help me in the residence halls?|
|Yes! Each hall has professional and student staff assigned to it that assist with check in and check out, provide social and educational programs and activities, conduct conflict resolution, enforce policies, and help students in time of need. These staff members are specially trained to help residents cope with the challenges of being in college. Resident Assistants are students just like you who have lived in the halls for at least a year. They are chosen for these positions because they exhibit a genuine desire to help students achieve personal and educational success. RD's are professional live-in staff who supervise RA's and help provide counseling and guidance for resident students. We encourage all residents to get to know your hall staff!|
Living on campus not only is convenient and affordable, it's a great way to find a home within the university community. Living on campus offers not only a place to eat and sleep, but the chance to be a part of a vibrant community to learn and grow with.
The M-B-S Complex houses Moore, Skarland and Skarland Halls with a tri-lobby area. To experience university life fully, nothing equals living on campus where students can enjoy convenience and a sense of community. With housing and dining needs met, students are free to concentrate on being a full-time student.
Wickersham Hall is a co-ed community, with separate community restrooms and showers for men and women. Hall amenities include furnished rooms with mini fridge and microwaves, and computer wifi connections in every room. There is a laundry facilities on the main floor. The building has three kitchens and a main lobby with a TV and pool table.
On the north side of campus, behind the Reichardt building, is the Cutler Student Apartment Complex. 60 two-bedroom apartments with a living room, full kitchen and bathroom allow upper-class students to make the transition from residence hall to apartment-style living. Each unit is occupied by four students and is furnished with all bedroom furniture and a dinette set.
The UAF Sustainable Village is a community for students who are passionate about the environment and reducing their carbon footprint. The Village is an environmentally-focused community that conducts real time research concerning renewable energy sources. This ground breaking research is in collaboration with the UAF Office of Sustainability and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center. Residents of the Village make a conscious effort to conserve energy and water, and are helping to bring sustainable housing to the UAF campus.
The UA Scholars Program encourages Alaska's high school graduates to get their advanced education in Alaska.
The UA Scholars Award is an $12,000 scholarship which can cover eligible expenses such as undergraduate tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies and other educational costs associated with going to a UA school.