What’s great about each residence hall


Dorm life is a lifestyle for a majority of the students that attend Iowa State. Most students leave their doors open for other students to stop by and socialize. Iowa State has over twenty resident halls located on campus. 

Julissa Garcia

Dorm Life.

It’s a love/hate relationship, but it is one of the vital experiences of college life. It’s the chance to meet new people and create new memories. Luckily, Iowa State University offers a wide variety of residence halls to choose/be assigned to.

Residence Halls are broken up in three distinctive areas: Richardson Court, South Campus, and Union Drive.

Richardson Court are all halls east of the Memorial Union, which include: Barton, Lyon, Freeman, Birch, Welch, Roberts, Linden, Maple, Willow, Larch, Oak, and Elm. Though they all reside in the same area, some vary more than others in eligibility and style, as some are co-ed, only male or only female. Also, some offer traditional or suite style rooms.

Richardson Court is a great area as it is located on campus, with two dining centers, Conversations and Seasons, located nearby. Also, the residence halls are all located around a huge outside quad area where students go to play activities or just relax and study.

Residence halls located south of campus include Buchanan, Geoffrey, Memorial Union, Wallace, and Wilson. These halls offer the same eligibility requirements and type of style.  Though some of these halls are located off campus, they offer their own uniqueness. Buchanan, Geoffrey, Wallace, and Wilson are conveniently located close to Campustown, where students go to shop, eat, or hangout.

The Memorial Union is the only one located on campus, which serves as the center of all student life on campus, as it includes dining center, shops, and the bookstore. The Memorial Union also serves as a hotel and a venue for many events.

The last community of residence halls is Union Drive, which include halls such as, Friley, Eaton, Helser, and Martin. Located on campus, these halls are located right next to the Union Drive community center which includes a mailroom, a convenience store and two dining centers. These halls offer a great student life conveniently located near buildings for classes and State Gym.

No matter what residence hall you choose, you are guaranteed a great experience with new friends and everlasting memories.