Honors Community Housing

Residence Hall Life

Terry Hall 2016 group photo

Honors housing is an exciting way to expand your experience in the Honors community beyond the classroom and into your living situation. The Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) is located in Terry Hall.

Please visit hfs.washington.edu for additional information about the residence halls and campus living. Specifics to Honors housing are addressed below.

Resident Advisers work with students to facilitate activities on the Honors Living Learning Community floors, which may include:

  • In-house advising with Honors staff
  • Weekly floor tradition events including - study nights, movie nights, game nights, etc.
  • Pumpkin painting/carving
  • Talent shows and Open Mic Nights
  • Off campus excursions to museums, plays, sporting events
  • Dinners and or in-house lectures with Honors faculty and staff

If you would like to live in the Honors LLC, select Honors Living Learning Community in the Living Learning Community Preference portion of the housing application. Placement in Honors Living Learning Community is not guaranteed. Please apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being assigned to Honors LLC. Housing assignments are based on assignment priority. A request for placement in Honors LLC will supersede your other residence hall preferences.

We hope many of you will choose to participate in this housing option. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Q: Why should I choose to live in the Honors Living Learning Community rather than somewhere else in the residence halls or in the Greek system?

A: The primary benefit of the Honors floors in Terry Hall is their dynamic social and intellectual community. Honors students are a diverse and interesting group and living with peers engaged in rigorous academic pursuits across all disciplines enhances connection to the Honors Program outside of the classroom. In addition to getting to know other Honors students, residents of the Honors Living Learning Community get to know students from other residence halls and different parts of campus through collaborative activities and events. Members of the Honors LLC have opportunities to enrich their living experience through additional special events such as workshops, faculty speakers, Honors LLC social events, and traditions like the annual "Dinner with the Honors Director."

Q: Can I pick my own roommate?

A: Yes! You and another student can request to be roommates, and HFS will do their best to assign you together. Maximize your chances by selecting all of the same preferences as one another, and applying at about the same time.

Q: Can I room with a student who is not in the Honors Program?

A: Yes! If you want to room with a student who is not in the Honors Program, both of you will need to request each other on your respective housing applications, in addition to selecting the Honors LLC in the Living Learning Community Preferences portion. 

Q: I filled out the application with Housing and Food Services (HFS) but still haven't received my assignment - what should I do?

A: Housing applications are administered and processed by HFS, and you will be contacted in early August regarding your assignment.

Q: Is the Honors community for freshmen only?

A: No, Honors Program students of all classes are welcome. Many first-year Honors students do choose to live in the Honors Living Learning Community.

Q: Do I get a price discount if I choose to live in the Honors Living Learning Community?

A: No, we do not offer discounts on housing. The primary benefits of the Honors floors are their unique community and atmosphere. All other aspects of the Honors LLC operate in accordance with HFS policies and practices.

Pizza w/President Ana Mari Cauce in Terry Hall, May 2016

Q: What types of student activities can I expect in the Honors Living Learning Community?

A: Activities will vary greatly depending on the interests of the Resident Advisers (RAs) and residents on the floors. The Honors LLC RAs are the primary source of event planning and community building, in collaboration with Honors Program faculty, staff, and student organizations, to provide unique opportunities such as faculty dinners, academic/professional workshops, speakers, trips and other social events. Residents are encouraged to work with their RAs and suggest or plan activities that fit their interests and hobbies.

Q: What other kinds of student activities and events are there for Honors students?

A: Honors is an exciting place to be! The Honors Program hosts periodic events, talks, experiential learning opportunities, and more; students will receive announcements about these events as the year progresses.

Q: I'm interested in becoming a Resident Adviser - possibly for the Honors LLC - what should I do?

A: We're always looking for enthusiastic students to become leaders in the Honors Living Learning Community and in the residence halls. In order to be a Resident Adviser, you must first successfully complete the RA application process administered by HFS. Applications are generally available in early November and due in early January. Candidates who are interested in an LLC must then complete a Living Learning Community RA application, which is not accessible until a candidate has made it to the RA Class part of the selection process. The Honors Program and HFS will work together to select the individuals that we think will fit best with our idea of floor and Program community.

Q: I still need more information - where should I go now?

A: You are always welcome to contact us with any questions or concerns. You can reach us by e-mail at uwhonors@uw.edu, by phone at (206) 543-7444. HFS is also a great resource, particularly for questions relating to details about the residence halls, the application process or website, pricing information, etc. Check out their website at http://hfs.washington.edu, e-mail them at hfsinfo@uw.edu, or call them at (206) 543-4059. If you're interested in student perspectives on the residence halls, don't forget about your Honors Peer Mentor, who's always there to give you student input. If your Peer Mentor hasn't lived in the halls, he or she can probably get you in contact with a student who has, or you can search through various Peer Mentors.