Honors Community Housing

Residence Hall Life

Honors housing is an exciting way to expand your experience in the Honors community beyond the classroom and into your living situation. Honors Theme Communities are located in Alder Hall and Haggett 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 Theme Community floors, which may include:

  • Sight-seeing excursions around Seattle and Western Washington
  • Floor dinners hosted by Honors faculty and students
  • Community-based volunteer opportunities
  • Workshops on scholarships, personal statements, and research opportunities
  • Social activities planned by the Resident Advisers and Honors students. Previous events include trivia and movie nights, monthly gallery or museum visits, pumpkin carving, research nights, and hiking and skiing trips.
  • In-hall advising with the Honors advisers

If you would like to live in an Honors Theme Community, select Honors Theme Community in the Theme Community Preference portion of the housing application. Placement in Honors Theme Community is not guaranteed. Please apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being assigned to Honors Theme Community. Housing assignments are based on assignment priority. A request for placement in Honors Theme Community 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 Theme Community rather than somewhere else in the residence halls or in the Greek system?

A: The primary benefit of the Honors floors in Haggett Hall and Alder 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 Theme Community get to know students from other residence halls and different parts of campus through collaborative activities and events. Members of the Honors Theme Community have opportunities to enrich their living experience through additional special events such as workshops, faculty speakers, Honors Theme Community social events and traditions like the annual ‘Dinner with the UW President’ with the Honors Theme Community.

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 Theme Community in the Theme Community Preference 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 Theme Community.

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

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

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

A: Activities will vary greatly depending on the interests of the Resident Advisers (RAs) and residents on the floors. The Honors Theme Community 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. In addition, the Honors Student Affairs Panel (HSAP) organizes the HSAP Honors Open Mic Night, Bake-Off, and the Honors Colloquium.

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

A: We're always looking for enthusiastic students to become leaders in the Honors Theme 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 a theme community must then complete a Theme 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.

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