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state of illinois' smoke-free campus act effective july 1, 2015

On July 1, in compliance with the State of Illinois’ Smoke-Free Campus Act and other applicable state laws, Illinois State University will become smoke- and tobacco-free along with over 700 colleges and universities.


closet dimensions

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Loft Kit Information

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Residence Halls

The residence halls offer both coed and single sex floors. Most rooms are double-occupancy, however, there are a limited number of quad-occupancy rooms, triple-occupancy rooms, single-occupancy rooms, and super-single rooms. Most super singles are the same size as a double room, but reserved for one person.

Coed floors are typically divided in half, with women’s rooms on one end of the floor and men’s rooms on the other end. Coed floors have at least two restrooms, one for women and one for men. To compare different residence hall floors and features, read the following:

Floor designations 2015-2016

Illinois State also offers a variety of academic and special interest floors called Themed Living and Learning (TLLC) floor. If a TLLC floor is not for you, each area has floors that are not designated as special lifestyles.

Note: Each residence hall offers a slightly different experience. By choosing certain halls, you may incur fees in addition to the base room and board rates. Please review the scholarships and costs pages of Illinois State University Housing to learn more about the opportunities you may take advantage of, along with any possible expenses.

If you're wondering what some of the differences are between each residence hall, please view our On-Campus Housing At a Glance(.pdf), which offers a comparison of the different aspects between the residence halls at Illinois State.

West Campus

Wilkins, Haynie, and Wright Halls (also known as West Campus or Tri-Towers)

The Tri-Towers are adjacent to Illinois State’s Redbird Arena and Hancock Stadium, and are also a short walk to Milner Library and Schroeder Hall via the Main Street underpass.

East Campus

Hewett and Manchester Halls

East Campus consists of Hewett and Manchester Halls. Hewett and Manchester Halls are coed residence halls home to the majority of University Housing Services Themed Living Learning Communities and are close to Milner Library and the Bone Student Center. East Campus also houses the Julia N. Visor Center which provides a variety of academic support programs for students. Hewett and Manchester halls remain open throughout all university breaks during the academic year (this is referred to as nine-month housing).

Watterson Towers

An air-conditioned, 28-story twin-tower complex, Watterson Towers is one of the world’s tallest residence halls and features a dining center which offers a wide variety of items and venues. Watterson is designed in suites, an alternative to the traditional corridor-style residence hall.

Chart of houses in Watterson Towers as they appear from the exterior:

North Tower Houses
South Tower Houses
Madison (top house) Van Buren (top house)
Marshall Clay
Pickering Adams
Randolph Monroe
Jefferson (bottom house) Smith (bottom house)


Illinois State University

Office of Residential Life Building
Campus Box 2600
Normal, IL 61790-2600
Main: (309) 438-8611
Fax: (309) 438-8866

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