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Residence Life

Your Home at UWA

Living on campus is a major part of the total college experience. The residence halls at the University of West Alabama provide a convenient location to your classes and the many campus services available to you. Many on-campus residents form friendships that last a lifetime. Our goal: to make UWA “your home away from home.”

Incoming Freshman Students

As a first-year student, you’ll be part of a vibrant community including more than 1,300 of your fellow students, many of whom are living away from home for the first time. Here’s what you need to know about living on campus during your first year.

Incoming Freshman Highlights

Freshman year is a unique time in the life of every college student. With fourteen Resident Assistants in your freshman residence, Gilbert Hall, you’ll get the support and guidance you need to adjust to college life. Here’s what you need to know to apply for housing.

UWA requires all freshmen to live on campus for up to one academic year (there is an exemption). Living on campus provides educational and social benefits not available to students who live off-campus. The residence halls provide students with a supportive living environment, proximity to academic resources and convenient access to organized student activities. All incoming freshmen who have earned less than 24 credits are assigned to Gilbert Hall, which features suite-style rooms with bathrooms and a wide range of amenities.

Incoming Transfer Students

As an incoming transfer student, you have an advantage: you’ve already been part of a college community. As you transition into the welcoming culture at UWA, you’ll find several options for on campus and off-campus housing.

Incoming Transfer Student Highlights

To apply for housing, new transfer students must first be admitted to the University of West Alabama and must pay their $200 Enrollment Confirmation Fee (ECF). New transfer students may apply for housing at any time, but are strongly encouraged to apply well before the start of each term.

Based on certain criteria, transfer students will either be housed in Gilbert Hall for their first year or have a choice between Hoover Apartments, Patterson Hall, Reed Hall, Selden Hall or off-campus housing. Graduate students are housed in Stickney Hall.

Current Students

Now that you’ve completed your freshman year, it’s time to consider new digs. Whether you choose an apartment, dorm or off-campus housing, UWA has the right space for the next steps in your college career.

Current Student Highlights

For the Fall Semester, priority is given to current students who apply for housing by ​March 1. Current students who plan to move on campus for the Spring Semester should apply for housing by November 15 and those who plan to live on campus during the Summer Semester should apply for housing by May 10.

Current students can choose between Hoover Apartments, Patterson Hall, Reed Hall, Selden Hall or off-campus housing (graduate students are housed in Stickney Hall).


We’re here to make your housing journey as seamless as possible. From offering a range of great residence options — both on and off campus — to accessing assignment information, meeting our staff and more, here’s what you need to know.

Housing Policies​

UWA’s Residence Life Guide applies to all University residence halls and apartments and covers such issues as Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco, Weapons, University Facilities, Community Respect and more.

Housing Highlights

While freshmen are housed in Gilbert Hall, upper-classmen have a choice between Hoover Apartments, Patterson Hall, Reed Hall and Selden Hall — each has its own location-based and living-style benefits. Graduate students are housed in Stickney Hall. In addition, students who qualify have the option of selecting from several off-campus housing options.

Our housing rates listed are per person, per semester, based on double occupancy (unless otherwise noted). The meal plan rates listed are for the minimum meal plan required for each residence hall.

We’re excited to welcome you to UWA! Here’s what you need to know about move-in day, including checking in, what to bring (and what not to bring), tips for success, parking and more.

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