UIUC Residence Halls
University Residence Halls are residence halls for students to live in at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The university requires all first-year undergraduate students (who do not commute) to stay in either the University Residence Halls or in University Private-Certified Housing. Both programs are administered by the university's housing division. University housing for undergraduates is provided through twenty-three residence halls in both Urbana and Champaign. All undergraduates living within the undergraduate halls are required to have a meal plan. Graduate housing is usually offered through two graduate residence halls, restricted to those in sophomore year or above, and through two university-owned apartment complexes. One of the newer residence halls, Nugent Hall, has rooms with Beckwith Residential Support Services for students with severe physical disabilities.
University residence halls
Busey Hall was the first residence hall built by the University, with its cornerstone laid on Saturday, October 21, 1916. Evans Hall was added in 1924-26. These halls are female-only and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Illinois Street (ISR)
Built in September 1964, The Illinois Street Residence Halls include the 5 story Townsend Hall and the 12 story Wardall Hall. Since 1977, the Illini Railroad Club has maintained a large model railroad layout in the basement of Townsend Hall. The Innovation Living Learning Community is housed within the building.
Lincoln Avenue (LAR)
LAR opened its doors in September 1949, originally known simply as the "Women's Residence Halls". It opened as an all female hall; however, starting in the fall of 2011, LAR was gradually converted to a co-ed hall.. In 1984 its wings were named Leonard Hall and Shelden Hall. LAR is home to the Sustainability Living Learning Community as well as the Scholars Community.
An addition to the back of the Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall (LAR), Allen hall was built in 1958 and was originally all female, however it has since been converted to co-ed living. Allen is also home of "Unit One", one of the living-learning community programs in University Housing.
Florida Avenue (FAR)
FAR was completed in September 1966, FAR consists of Oglesby Hall and Trelease Hall. This complex is open to both men and women. FAR is home to the Health Professions Living Learning Community as well as the Women in Math, Science, and Engineering Community.
Pennsylvania Avenue (PAR)
PAR includes Babcock, Blaisdell, Carr, and Saunders Halls. Built in 1962, they were the first coeducational residence halls on campus, being split equally between men and women. Saunders Hall is home to the Global Crossroads Living Learning Community while Babcock is home to the Intersections Living Learning Community.
The Ikenberry North neighborhood contains four halls: Barton, Lundgren, Hopkins, Weston, and most recently Nugent. Barton and Lundgren opened in 1941 while Hopkins was built in 1958 (Weston was built at an unknown time). Nugent Hall opened Summer 2012 in time for the 2012-2013 academic year. They are all located along Gregory Drive, First, and Fourth Streets. Hopkins is home to the LEADS Living Learning Community and Weston is home to the Weston Exploration Living Learning Community.
The Ikenberry South Residence Halls include Scott, Snyder, Taft, Van-Doren, and most recently Bousfield. They are located along Peabody Drive, Euclid, and Fourth Streets. Snyder Hall is the only substance-free residence hall on campus. The newest addition of Bousfield Hall was opened up for the 2013-2014 term and is the first hall within University Housing community with single suite style rooms. Scott Hall is home to the Transfer Cluster Community.
Students with disabilities and students through the Parkland Pathways program are provided special housing options to accommodate their needs. The University is known for being one of the first universities to provide accommodations for students with disabilities. Currently, most first-year students with disabilities will live in Nugent Hall, supported by the Beckwith Residential Support Services. The Beckwith Program opened in 1981 and moved to Nugent Hall in 2010. Through the Beckwith program, students are assisted by an administrative team to fully learn full how to manage academic life, and personal life. The first floor of Nugent Hall is equipped with a wide array of accommodations such as a lift system, proximity card readers to open doors, a motion activated sink, and a wireless paging system to call staff. Similar features can also be found throughout the residence hall, such as automatic doors, an electric, hospital-style bed, automated sinks, and access to accessible exercise equipment.
Both Daniels and Sherman Hall are graduate student residence halls. In some years due to overcrowding in the rest of the undergraduate residence halls led to graduate housing being opened to anyone who was not an incoming freshman. Currently, both Daniels and Sherman Hall house students that are in their sophomore year or beyond.
There are a number of private residence halls around campus, as well as a few houses that are outside of the Greek system and offer a wide and varied number of options. Private-certified residences maintain reciprocity agreements with the university, allowing students to move between the public and private housing systems.
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