The housing options for first year students are designed to help provide a smooth transition to UConn Nation. From additional professional Hall Directors in each area as well as Resident Assistants (RAs) throughout the halls, these areas help students find community when they arrive!
While first year students may be assigned elsewhere on campus pending availability, the majority will live in one of the following areas. Towers and Northwest Quadrangles are both first-year designated areas, while the other areas listed have large first year populations but may also have upperclassmen living in these areas.
Towers is a vibrant community and our first year students appreciate living here because of the strong community that has been built and the relationships they have made with their peers. The majority of rooms are double occupancy spaces but there are some triple occupancy rooms.
The Northwest Quad is located on the north side of campus adjacent to North Eagleville Road and is a short walk to the many of the Science academic buildings and center of campus including the Student Union and the Jorgensen. While primarily a first-year area, Northwest is also home to three learning communities: Nursing, International Engineering, and Pharmacy. The majority of rooms are double occupancy spaces but there are some triple occupancy rooms.
Werth Tower is located in the Hilltop area of campus, adjacent to the campus athletic facilities and a short walk from the center of campus. In addition to the residential spaces in the building, Werth Tower is home to offices for Residential Life and First Year Programs & Learning Communities staff, as well as a variety of spaces that foster academic success, innovation, and community building. While primarily a first-year area, Werth Tower is also home to eight learning communities: EcoHouse, Engineering House, Honors to Opportunities (H2O) House, Innovation House, La Comunidad Intelectual, Public Health House, ScHOLA2RS House (Scholastic House of Leaders in support of African American Researches & Scholars), WiMSE House (Women in Math, Science, & Engineering).
The Buckley/Shippee residential area provides a unique living experience and is comprised of two residence halls: Buckley Hall and Shippee Hall. Buckley/Shippee is located across from Mirror Lake and near the School of Fine Arts. It is also just a block away from the newly built Storrs Downtown establishment. Buckley/Shippee is designated as an area for first year Honors students, however, some second-year Honors students choose to live in Shippee Hall. The majority of rooms are double occupancy spaces but there are some rooms called "Shippee C Rooms", which are double rooms with a private bathroom.
Located right near the center of campus, McMahon has two towers, North and South, both of which have co-ed and single sex floors. McMahon Dining Hall is known for serving international cuisine, and the building also houses the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office and the UConn American English Language Institute (UCAELI) Office. While home to many first-year students, McMahon is also home to the Global House learning community and has spaces that are part of Honors housing.
Alumni Quadrangle is within a 10 minutes of the Homer Babbidge Library, the Wilbur Cross Building, the Student Union, Gampel Pavilion, and the UConn Bookstore, making it an ideal location to be in the center of campus life! Alumni Quad is also the location of the Gender Inclusive Housing community and six learning communities: Business Connections, Connecting with the Arts, Fine Arts, Humanities House, Human Rights and Action House, and Leadership Housing. In addition to having first-year students in this area, there are also students from all class years for students who want to live in traditional housing as an upperclassman. The majority of rooms are double occupancy spaces but there are some triple occupancy rooms.
East Campus is comprised of beautiful halls with old-world style and real wood! Students love the picturesque views of campus and the tight-knit community that forms in this part of campus. East also offers two female-only halls: Hicks and Holcomb, and is the location of the main Residential Life Office (located in Whitney Hall). In addition to having first-year students in this area, there are also students from all class years for students who want to live in traditional housing as an upperclassman. The majority of rooms are double occupancy spaces but there are some triple occupancy rooms.