Housing Options

We have a variety of housing options

See below for more information about our living spaces and view our virtual tours:

Apartments and Townhouses

Both private and shared bedroom assignments are available. Rental costs vary according to the type of accommodation and the level of privacy afforded. The wide variety of living options and range of housing costs allow students to obtain the accommodations which best meet their personal and financial requirements. We recommend students apply early, as many of our spaces are limited.

Units designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities are available in all of the complexes.

East Campus Housing Options:

Clover, Bluebell, and Larkspur courts were designed with the needs of upper division and graduate students in mind. All units include carpeted living rooms and bedrooms, and full modern kitchens. All units also have two bathrooms. All windows are equipped with blinds.

Clover Court

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Bluebell Court

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Larkspur Court

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West Campus Housing Options:

Pennyroyal, Marigold, Trillium and Foxglove courts include modern, four-bedroom two-bathroom townhouse units featuring an open floor plan, spacious living areas, cathedral style ceilings, and full modern kitchens. All windows are equipped with blinds.

Virtual Tour Options

Furnished Apartments and Townhouses include:

  • Each bedroom includes a twin XL bed, desk, desk chair and dresser.
  • The living room is furnished with a sofa, lounge chairs, and side tables.
  • The kitchen is provided with all major appliances, a dining table and four chairs.
  • I-card operated washers and dryers in each housing court.

What do I need to bring?

  • Linens
  • Kitchen and cooking supplies
  • Laundry and cleaning supplies (vacuum)
  • Electronic appliances (e.g. TV, computer, telephone instrument)
  • A plunger
  • Microwave
  • Lamps
  • Other personal belongings

What shouldn’t I bring?

  • Water filled furniture, hot tubs, spas, etc.
  • Halogen lamps
  • Candles, wax warmers or oil plug-ins
  • Pets

For a complete list of “What to Bring,” check out our Move-in Guide and Community Handbook!

Family Housing Options

Family residents are assigned to either one or two bedroom apartments and may request furnished or unfurnished apartments depending on availability. Due to the size of the units, occupancy is limited to no more than three persons in a one bedroom apartment and no more than four persons in a two bedroom apartment. In family housing, one set of keys will be issued to each person signing the contract. Parents may request up to two additional sets of keys to be used by their spouse or children over the age of twelve. Additionally paperwork will need to be submitted when applying for Family Housing.

For more information about Family Housing and how to apply, please click here!

One Bedroom

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Two Bedroom

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Shared Bedroom Housing

Residence Life provides a cheaper option of living in a shared bedroom concept in a limited number of apartments of Sunflower Court.  All appliances are provided (except microwave), with 4-seat dinette table.   Bedroom furnishings include a twin XL bed/mattress and dresser for each student, with one desk and chair to share.  The living room will have a desk, couch and lounge chair.  Each resident will sign an agreement acknowledging their contractual & financial responsibilities.  Students interested in Shared Bedroom housing should contact the Department of Residence Life for more information and agreement.

These Apartments will be filled on first-come, first-serve basis, so apply early.

Residence Halls

The housing needs of freshmen and sophomore students are ideally met by the design of our two residence halls: Lincoln Residence Hall (LRH) and Founders Residence Hall (FRH).

The buildings are three stories high with five student housing wings. Students live in four person suites. A suite consists of two double rooms with a shared semi private bath. Each double room is provided with flexible furniture that can be configured with two beds, two desks, and two dressers. The furniture can be stacked as bunk beds or lofted beds above desks. Each room is provided with a single telephone and cable TV outlet , and each student is also provided with two duplex outlets and a data outlet.

Each wing is provided with a lounge, a laundry facility, and is served by a Resident Assistant.

Lincoln Residence Hall (LRH)

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Founders Residence Hall (FRH)

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First Year Specialty Housing (Freshmen/First Year at UIS Students)

In our commitment to provide opportunities for students to excel, three residence hall specialty wings help facilitate growth, learning, and social interaction.

First Year/Freshmen students may choose to live in one of our First Year Specialty Housing options:

  • Leadership for Life (L4L) is a service and leadership program with a first year living-learning community. The purpose of the program is to provide a positive environment through which students can take the first steps toward a lifelong commitment to community involvement. First year students admitted to L4L live together, take a class together, and commit to doing service together. After the freshmen year, L4L members continue in the program and have opportunities to take leadership roles in creating and leading service projects.
  • Students Transitioning for Academic Retention and Success (STARS) is a living learning community specifically developed to provide increased academic support for students seeking to achieve specific academic goals and ongoing academic success throughout college. Students live together, enjoy taking two courses together during the first year, and experience both a freshmen Summer Bridge prior to the start of classes, and a sophomore Summer Bridge during the week following the first year. Each of these components is designed to help students build a strong community, become engaged in campus activities, and achieve academic success. Select students are invited to participate in STARS upon committing to UIS. Participation in STARS cannot be combined with participation in other Living Learning Communities.
  • The Pre-Nursing Pathways is designed to offer students interested in pursuing a Nursing degree the opportunity to live with other incoming freshmen students interested in nursing. This living learning community offers a residential space focused on academic achievement, career-centered programming, and intensive advising intended to help students successfully complete the pre-requisite courses required to apply for the Nursing Program offered through the University of Illinois Chicago, Springfield Regional Campus. Students participating in the Pre-Nursing Pathway LLC will have enhanced access to individualized academic advising in the residence hall, a wide variety of career-centered programming offered by the Nursing department staff, and supplemental instruction and tutoring focused on pre-requisite coursework.
  • Capital Scholars Honors Program (CAP Honors) is a selective undergraduate academic program designed for the first and second year of the four year experience.  CAP Honors has a residency requirement that requires all honors students to live in a residence hall for their first two years.  This unique living learning community provides academic support and advising, collaborative course work, community building events, service learning opportunities, a faculty and residence series, mentoring programs, as well as tutoring and academic studios.  In addition, all offices for the CAP Honors academic staff and faculty are located in Lincoln Residence Hall.
  • Necessary Steps Mentoring Program (NSMP) is a program for First-Generation college students that are defined as students whose parents/guardians have not graduated from a four year college or institution. Necessary Steps Mentoring Program is designed to assist in the transition from high school to college, as well as, transforming our students into scholars. Through the program, you will reside on the Necessary Steps Floor with scholars just like you. The program provides a designated Computer Room and supportive community that will help you learn and grow.
  • Gender Neutral Housing (GNH)
  • Family Housing

Upperclass Specialty Housing (Sophomore/Second Year UIS Students and Above)

We have created opportunities for students transitioning out of the residence halls or brand new uppergraduate students to continue community engagement with themed communities. Find your niche and get to know others that share a common interest.

  • SSYRI logo_2014_Formalecond Year Residential Initiative (SYRI) is a themed community at UIS where any second year returning residents live! Pennyroyal and Marigold Townhouses are available to all pre-qualified second year students. SYRI is designed to assist students in:
    • discovering themselves and developing their identity
    • being involved members of the UIS community
    • identifying major and/or strengthening their commitment to a major
    • exploring career interests and opportunities
    • strengthening connections to the Springfield community

SYRI is open to Second Year students only

  • Sporting the Outdoors themed housing is designed for students who enjoy participating in a wide range of sporting and outdoor activities. Residence Life will promote outdoor activities on campus as well as off campus options. Students can participate in a variety of activities, including hiking, camping, canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, intramural sports, athletic team support, and more. Open to Junior students and above.
  • International House (IHOUSE) allows you to live with other students from multiple foreign countries and the U.S. and learn about the world through the eyes of your housemates.  Open to Junior students and above.
  • Family Housing
  • Graduate Housing allows students seeking their Masters Degree via the UIS Graduate Program to live in a supportive and safe community with other Graduate Students. Open to Graduate students only.


Furniture Dimensions

The dimensions of the furniture within our residential buildings are as follows:

Item and Location Location Height Length Depth
Twin XL Bed – Mattress Bedroom  7 1/2 in. 79 1/2 in. 36 1/2 in.
Twin XL Bed – Frame Bedroom  37 1/2 in. 84 in. 37 1/2 in.
Lofted Bed – Residence Hall Only Bedroom  73 in. 84 in. 37 1/2 in.
Dresser (4 – 5 drawers) Bedroom  44 1/2 in. 30 in. 20 in.
Desk Bedroom 30 in. 42 in. 24 in.
Desk Chair Bedroom  34 in. 26 in. 22 in.
Nightstand (2 drawers) Bedroom  25 1/2 in. 24 1/4 in. 24 in.
Kitchen Table Kitchen  31 1/2 in. 42 in. 42 in.
Kitchen Chairs (4 chairs) Kitchen  32 3/4 in. 17 3/4 in. 20 in.
Couch Living Room 22 1/4 in. 76 in. 30 1/2 in.
Lounge Chair Living Room 22 1/4 in. 27 in. 32 in.
End Table Living Room 21 in. 27 in. 24 in.
Coffee Table Living Room 15 in. 38 in. 20 in.