When You Arrive

Checking In

  • New students checking in to their rooms should report to the Homer Butler Housing Commons (aka HCOM) located as #20 on the campus map.
  • Students will need to present their i-Card/Student ID or picture ID when checking in.

Contracts, Inventories & Keys

  • At check-in, students will receive their keys and instructions for completing their Room Inventory.
  • Students will need to sign an Acknowledgement of Resident Responsibilities.
  • Students will be given their keys to their unit. Students will be expected to complete their inventory within 72 hours of checking in. Please review the full check-in process via our Move-In Guide.  Please be thorough in your assessment, as your check-out process will be based on the notes you made during check-in.  We have a list of damage charges available as reference for all items within the unit.
  • In the Residence Halls, students will receive a room key, bathroom key and a mailbox key.  In the Apartments and Townhouses, residents will receive a front door key, bedroom key and mailbox key.
  • Residents are responsible for their keys at all times, and may be asked to produce these keys by Residence Life Staff at any time.

What to Bring

What to Bring with You to Campus

  • All residents are reminded that bathroom spaces are the responsibility of residents to clean and maintain; the Department of Residence Life does not provide regular cleaning of these spaces following check-in.  This includes providing a shower curtain, toilet paper, etc.

Support our Resident Housing Association

  • Help support the Residence Housing Association buy purchasing bedding and care packages through Swaku!  A portion of your purchase helps fund programs and leadership opportunities for on-campus residents.

Reassignment Requests (Room Changes)

  • In order to adequately prepare for the semester, a freeze is in effect for all reassignment/room change requests until 3 weeks after the first day of classes.  No room reassignment requests will be honored until this freeze ends.
  • Reassignment requests are based on occupancy and spaces that are available at the time of request, and are subject to approval.  Reassignment requests based on conflict typically will not be approved until the formal mediation process has been followed.
    • This process requires drafting of a Roommate Agreement, and reviewing of this agreement at subsequent mediation meetings if necessary.
    • All parties are expected to be engaged and active participants in this conflict mediation process.

People You’ll Meet – Residence Life Staff

  • Desk Attendants– student staff members who serve as security monitors, customer service assistants, and reception staff at each Residence Hall and Homer Butler Commons Reception Desks.
  • Resident Assistants – full-time students who serve as community builders, first responders, role models, mediators, and so much more! These staff members reside in the same area/floor that you do, and work to foster a safe and secure living & learning environment.
  • Resident Directors – full-time professional, live-in Academic Professional staff members that provide day-to-day administration, management, and staff supervision of the RA staff and Desk Assistant

Important Phone Numbers & Emails

  • Central Office: reslife@uis.edu, (217) 206-6190
  • East Campus Apartments: Nick Wagner, (217) 206-8554
  • West Campus Townhouses: (217) 206-6190
  • Founders Residence Hall: Tyler Anderson-Majors, (217) 206-8475
  • Lincoln Residence Hall: Dan Talancon, (217) 206-6195

Meal Plan

  • First Year Students AND Second Year (Sophomore) returning students who live in the Residence Halls are required to purchase a full meal plan (Signature, Gold, or Silver Plan) as offered through Dining Services. Second Year (Sophomore) students assigned to the townhouses are required to have at least a Bronze Meal Plan for the Spring Semester.
  • Non-Second Year Students who live in the townhouses and apartments may choose any plan including the smallest option designed with your needs in mind.
    • “Bronze Plan” is the most popular for our Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students and is designed for students who have a kitchen.

Submit a Work Order:

Use the “Room Work Orders” link if you're having issues with keys, electrical, plumbing, need a repair, or other maintenance performed that DOES NOT involve The Internet.

Use the “TECHNOLOGY ONLY” link if you're having issues with internet related problems. Just fill out the form and submit your order. These will be reviewed and submitted to UIS IT for work.