Step onto campus and you can sense it — this place feels right. It’s the vibrant community you’ve been looking for.
Here you’ll make new connections and form lifelong friendships. This is a place that will stimulate your mind, touch your spirit and exceed your expectations. A place to explore, experience and engage life!
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a world-class institution that thrives on creative interaction between students, faculty, the local community, and the world. Our campus is alive with possibilities from our 24hr midnight summer sun to our signature -40 below winters. By living on campus you have friends next door, zero commute to class, and plenty of activities to join in — you are in the center of the action. Living on campus not only is convenient and affordable, it's a great way to find a home within the university community. When campus is at your doorstep, the only thing you need to do is step outside.
Frequently Asked Residence Hall Questions
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.
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. This figure is due in no small part to the support system that other resident students will provide for you.
Complete the online application 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. We are usually able to add new students for spring semester.
EDGE stands for Education, Development, Growth, and Experience. This program is designed to provide traditional first year students (first-year students 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-year students that opt to live on campus are required to participate in this program.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Cutler Student Apartments
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.
A welcoming community of approximately 400 residents “where everybody knows your name,” lower campus is home to four residence halls Lathrop, Nerland, Stevens, and McIntosh.
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 theUAF 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 can cover eligible expenses such as undergraduate tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies and other educational costs associated with going to a UA school.