We have a variety of housing options
See below for more information about our living spaces:
- Apartments and Townhouses
- Family Housing
- Shared Bedroom Housing
- Residence Halls
- First Year/Freshmen Specialty Housing
- Upperclass Specialty Housing
- Apartment and Townhouse Themes
- Room Dimensions
- Homer L. Butler Housing Commons
Apartments and Townhouses
Current facilities include:
- 2 bedroom townhouses (Clover Court) – Limited Availability
- 3 bedroom townhouses (Clover Court) – Limited Availability
- 4 bedroom townhouses (Pennyroyal, Marigold, Foxlgove, Trillium, and Clover Courts)
- 5 bedroom townhouses (Clover Court) – Limited Availability
- 4 bedroom flats (Larkspur and Bluebell)
Pennyroyal, Marigold, Trillium and Foxglove courts include modern, four-bedroom townhouse units featuring an open floor plan, spacious living areas, cathedral style ceilings, and kitchen facilities equipped with a dishwasher.
Clover Court, Bluebell, and Larkspur Court were designed with the needs of upper division and graduate students in mind. All units include carpeted living rooms and bedrooms and full modern kitchens. All units also have two bathrooms. Units designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities are available in all of the complexes.
Both private and shared bedroom assignments are available. Rental costs vary according to the type of accommodation and the level of privacy afforded. The wide variety of living options and range of housing costs allow students to obtain the accommodations which best meet their personal and financial requirements. We recommend students apply early, as many of our spaces are limited.
Every apartment is furnished with a stove and refrigerator, as well as drapes or blinds.
Furnished apartments include:
- A bed, desk, desk chair and dresser for each student. Sofa, lounge chairs, and side tables in the living room. Dining table and chairs. Lamps are currently included in the units but as they fail they will not be replaced.
- I-card operated washers and dryers in each housing court.
- Extra long twin mattresses on beds in single student housing.
What do I need to provide?
- Kitchen and cooking supplies
- Laundry and cleaning supplies (vacuum)
- Electronic appliances (e.g. TV, computer, telephone instrument)
- A plunger
- Other personal belongings
What shouldn’t I bring?
- Water filled furniture, hot tubs, spas, etc.
- Halogen lamps
- Outdoor fireplaces
For complete instructions about the apartments and resident behavior, please refer to the Terms and Conditions and Community Handbook for UIS Residence Life found under “forms”.
- Take a Virtual Tour of Apartments and Townhouses!
Family Housing is available to students who will be residing with their legal spouse, a domestic partner, and/or legally dependent children. Family residents are assigned to either one or two bedroom apartments and may request furnished or unfurnished apartments. Due to the size of the units, occupancy is limited to no more than three persons in a one bedroom apartment and no more than four persons in a two bedroom apartment. In family housing, one set of keys will be issued to each person signing the contract. Parents may request up to two additional sets of keys to be used by their children over the age of twelve.
Child care is available on campus for toddlers and children from 18 months to 12 years of age, and school buses transport children from campus to the local public schools.
After an absence of several years, Residence Life re-introduces a limited shared bedroom concept in 3-4 select apartments of Sunflower Court. For $1880/person/semester, all utility charges included, 4 students will share a 2-bedroom/1 bathroom apartment. All new appliances are provided (except microwave), with 4-seat dinette table. Bedroom furnishings include a bed/mattress, dresser, desk/ chair for each resident. The living room will be unfurnished, giving residents the option to provide for their own needs. Each resident will sign an agreement acknowledging their contractual & financial responsibilities. Students interested in shared bedroom housing should contact the Department of Residence Life for more information and agreement.
These Apartments will be filled on first-come, first-serve basis, so apply now for the upcoming Spring Semester.
The housing needs of freshmen and sophomore students are ideally met by the design of our two residence halls: Lincoln Residence Hall (LRH) and Founders Hall (FRH).
The buildings are three stories high with two student housing wings. Students live in four person suites. A suite consists of two double or private rooms with a shared semi private bath. Each double room is provided with flexible furniture that can be configured with two beds, two desks, and two dressers. The furniture can be stacked as bunk beds or with beds above desks. Each room is provided with a single telephone and cable TV outlet , and each student is also provided with two duplex outlets and a data outlet.
Each wing is provided with a lounge, a laundry facility, and is served by a Resident Assistant.
In our commitment to provide opportunities for students to excel, three residence hall specialty wings help facilitate growth, learning, and social interaction.
First Year/Freshmen students may choose to live in one of our First Year Specialty Housing options:
- Leadership for Life (L4L) Service Wing is a service and leadership program with a first year living-learning community located in Lincoln Residence Hall. The purpose of the program is to provide a positive environment through which students can take the first steps toward a lifelong commitment to community involvement. First year students admitted to L4L live together, take a class together, and commit to doing service together. After the freshmen year, L4L members continue in the program and have opportunities to take leadership roles in creating and leading service projects.
- Capital Scholars Honors Program (CSHP) is a selective undergraduate academic program designed for the first and second year of the four year experience. The CSHP has a residency requirement that requires all honors students to live in Lincoln Residence Hall for their first two years. This unique living learning community provides academic support and advising, collaborative course work, community building events, service learning opportunities, a faculty and residence series, mentoring programs, as well as tutoring and academic studios. In addition, all offices for the CSHP academic staff and faculty are located in Lincoln Residence Hall.
- Necessary Steps Mentoring Program (NS) is a program for First-Generation college students that are defined as students whose parents/guardians have not graduated from a four year college or institution. Necessary Steps is designed to assist in the transition from high school to college, as well as, transforming our students into scholars. Through the program, you will reside in Founders Residence Hall on the Necessary Steps Floor with scholars just like you. The program provides a designated Computer Room and supportive community that will help you learn and grow.
- Students Transitioning for Academic Retention and Success (STARS) is a living learning community specifically developed to provide increased academic support for students seeking to achieve specific academic goals and ongoing academic success throughout college. Students live together, enjoy taking two courses together during the first year, and experience both a freshmen Summer Bridge prior to the start of classes, and a sophomore Summer Bridge during the week following the first year. Each of these components is designed to help students build a strong community, become engaged in campus activities, and achieve academic success. Select students are invited to participate in STARS upon committing to UIS. Participation in STARS cannot be combined with participation in other Living Learning Communities.
- Gender Neutral Housing (GNH)
- Family Housing (FH)
We have created opportunities for students transitioning out of the residence halls or brand new uppergraduate students to continue community engagement with themed communities. Find your niche and get to know others that share a common interest.
- Sophomore Experience Residential Initiative (SERI) is a themed community in the West Campus Townhouses for all pre-qualified sophomores. Residents living in SERI will have the opportunity to explore the majors, resources, and student leadership positions UIS provides. SERI will offer events for residents to mingle with faculty outside the classroom, learn and hone study skills, engage with study abroad programs, prep for internships and other career opportunities, and ensure a successful second year at UIS. Open to Sophomore students only.
- Sporting the Outdoors themed housing is designed for students who enjoy participating in a wide range of sporting and outdoor activities. Residence Life will promote outdoor activities on campus as well as off campus options. Students can participate in a variety of activities, including hiking, camping, canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, intramural sports, athletic team support, and more. Open to Junior students and above.
- The Sustainability Community, located in our green-roofed Founders Residence Hall on the 1st floor, will provide you the opportunity to understand how our individual decisions can impact the local and global environment and economy in an exciting and social community. Become an informed decision-maker and strive for continuous improvements on our energy efficiency, recycling programs, ecology, health, and environmental impact from the campus to the global level. All majors are invited to participate we only ask that you pledge to live with a positive impact on others and the environment. Open to Sophomore students.
- International House/Global Village (IHOUSE) allows you to live with other students from multiple foreign countries and the U.S. and learn about the world through the eyes of your housemates. Open to Junior students and above.
- Gender Neutral Housing (GNH)
- Family Housing (FH)
- Graduate – open to Graduate students only.
The dimensions of the rooms within our residence buildings are as follows:
12′ x 8′
8’6 x 7′
14’6 x 10′
8’6 x 5′
9′ x 8′
14′ x 12’6
8’6 x 7′
9’6 x 13′
8′ x 5′
10′ x 8′
Four Bedroom Flats
14′ x 15’6
11′ x 10′
10′ x 7’6
8′ x 5′
11′ x 9′
15’6 x 13’6
11′ x 11′
10′ x 9′
8′ x 5’6
Lincoln Residence Hall (LRH)
181 sq ft
67 sq ft
Homer L. Butler Housing Commons
Homer L. Butler Housing Commons is the hub of residential life. It serves as the social and recreational center for housing residents and it is where the Residence Life Office is located.
The Housing Commons is the site of many social functions, club meetings, and other activities sponsored by student clubs and organizations. The Housing Commons includes a great room with a fireplace, TV room with a large screen TV and surround sound, and meeting room. Ping-pong, billiards, and a variety of board games are also available in the Housing Commons. Residents and student organizations may reserve the Housing Commons for use.
The Housing Commons may not be reserved for general public or private use, and all activities must be open to all housing residents. Children must be supervised at all times while in the Housing Commons. The complete Housing Commons space use policy is available in the Residence Life Office.