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Parents & Families

Living & Dining

A place to call their own

Traditional or modern residence halls. Shared apartments. Greek life and off-campus housing.

Whether your student loves to socialize or craves quiet time, the UW has a place to meet their needs. It’s not required, but 71% of UW freshmen choose to live on campus because of the convenience and community.

And speaking of convenience, hungry Huskies will find no shortage of on-campus food choices. The Seattle campus features 30 dining locations — including restaurants, cafés, food trucks, food courts and markets.

Our Move In page can help get you started preparing for your student’s first year if they choose to live on campus.

Talk with your Husky

  • How housing choices might affect the balance between studying and social life
  • Living with roommates/sharing space with others
  • Support from resident advisers (RAs)
  • How to do laundry and keep a clean living space
  • Keeping track of HFS deadlines and events

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A room for everyone

Nearly 10,000 UW students live, study and socialize in on-campus residence halls and apartments managed by UW Housing & Food Services (HFS). On-campus housing for undergraduates includes residence halls (dormitories) and shared apartments with full kitchens. Housing may be arranged for the nine-month academic year or year round. Explore different housing options by taking a video tour of the UW residence halls and apartments.

HFS tours on YouTube

Healthy eats

No matter where they live, your UW student will have access to a wide range of healthy meals and snacks. Many residence halls require students to have a dining plan. For students living in apartments, optional dining plans provide flexibility and convenience.

About dining plans


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Dates and deadlines

The Housing and Food Services (HFS) calendar can help you and your students keep track of important dates and deadlines.

See the calendar

Greek housing options

If your student is interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority at UW, you will want to make sure to explore the unique options available at the 19 sororities and 32 fraternities for your student to build community with their fellow members. Check out a map of the 51 chapter houses and eight annex properties that house approximately 3,500 members.

Explore Greek housing

Off-campus housing

The university offers a number of supports for students living at home or in off-campus housing. We encourage you to discuss the options with your student and check out the Commuter & Transfer Commons resources. Student Legal Services can also help review off-campus rental agreements.

Find off-campus listings

The UW Food Pantry

We provide food to students, staff, and faculty who are having a hard time putting food on their plate.

Find out more


Campus contacts

Housing & Food Services (HFS)
Student Services Office
Student Legal Services (SLS)
Free service rental & lease agreements review
Husky Union Building 306