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Living on Campus

The strongest connections at Illinois State will come in the residence halls, which house more than 6,000 students. Most rooms are designed for your student and only one other, with the showers just down the hall.

One gets so much more than just personal space in a residence hall. A student will gain leadership skills, learn from faculty, and bring classroom lessons to life. One will be immersed in college life and learn to live with other people.


Our residence halls offer both coed and single sex floors. No smoking or alcohol is allowed in any residence hall. Beyond that, there are many different lifestyle options available in the residence halls. Our Themed Living-Learning Communities allow students to choose a theme that fits their interests and personality such as floors that are designated quiet, academic, international, wellness, substance-free, or leadership and service.

Residential Areas

There are three main residential areas on the Illinois State campus:

  • West campus which includes Wilkins, Haynie, and Wright Halls (also known as Tri-Towers) and is located near Redbird Arena and Hancock Stadium.
  • East campus which includes Hewett and Manchester Halls and is just a short walk from Milner Library and the Bone Student Center.
  • Watterson Towers, our 28-story, twin-tower complex, which is one of the world's tallest residence halls.

Every residential area has a fitness center and places to study, including computer laboratories, and informal lounges right there in the hall. Your student will have direct network access and free cable television.

Visit University Housing to learn more.

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