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Residential Life

Residence Hall

All residential students live in one of our top-ranked, air-conditioned residence halls. No more than four students share a suite of four single rooms with one bathroom. Each student has their own: extra-long twin bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, bookshelf, and closet. Each floor has a small study room and a lounge with a kitchenette (sink, refrigerator, and microwave). The 1st floor has laundry facilities and a lobby area with TV. There is an elevator. 

Suites are organized based on gender identity, age, and year in school. All residence halls are mixed gender; individual floors can be mixed gender. We cannot guarantee room/suitemate requests, but students are welcome to submit requests. 


Living in the residence hall are our residential program assistants, current WashU students who provide academic advice, plan social activities, and ensure the rules and regulations of the program are followed. Our program assistants participate in online and in person training programs designed for working with youth. All staff have passed background checks and are CPR/First Aid certified. We also have program supervisors living on campus to oversee the residential aspects of our programs and act as an emergency contact for students and parents.


The outer doors to all residence halls are kept locked 24 hours a day and students access the building, suites, and rooms with key cards. Visitors are not permitted to be in the residence hall with the exception of program move-in and move-out.


There is a nightly curfew, which the staff strictly enforce. Students must sign-in to the residence hall by 9:00pm and be in their suites by 11:00pm. Once students have signed in, they cannot leave the building until the next morning at 7:30am when the dining hall opens.

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours are strictly enforced from 11:00pm until 9:00am.

Leaving Campus

Students are permitted to leave campus in groups of 2 or more during approved off campus hours of Monday-Friday, 5:00-9:00pm/Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-9:00pm. Students must sign-out with the program staff on duty and back in once they return to the residence hall. No exceptions are made for curfew. For the health and safety of our students, we may make adjustments to off campus hours due to inclement weather.

Students are not permitted to leave campus in a vehicle operated by someone other than their parent/legal guardian unless prior authorization from their parent/legal guardian is received.

Overnight Absences

Students should plan to commit to the full length of the program and to schedule other commitments when the program is not in session. Missing any part of the program can impact experience and academic performance. Students will not be excused from classes to attend other commitments.

If necessary, parents/guardians may request an overnight absence only if the student will be escorted by their parent/legal guardian or a parent/legal guardian approved chaperone over the age of 18. The student must be picked up prior to 9:00pm and may not return to campus until 8:30am. The parent/legal guardian must submit a request at least 24 hours in advance of this absence. 

Tobacco Free Campus

WashU prohibits smoking or the use of any tobacco products anywhere on campus.


There are several on-campus computer labs available for use, however, we do recommend that each student bring their own laptop computer or tablet with them to the program. A secured wireless connection is available.

Enrichment Activities

We will plan a variety of academic success, community, and college readiness enrichment activities throughout the summer. These activities include seminars, panel discussions, service projects, and other special events.

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Health & Wellness

We are committed to providing an environment that supports the physical, mental, and emotional health of our students and staff. Learn more about how we promote health and wellness in our programs.

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Code of Conduct

By deciding to attend one of our programs, students commit themselves to maintaining the highest academic and social standards. As a member of our community, students are expected to make a positive contribution by acting responsibly and by respecting the rights of other students, faculty, and staff. All of our students are asked to review and agree to our Code of Conduct before registering to participate in our programs.

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Campus Safety

WashU has put into place a number of mechanisms for protecting and alerting our students about security threats on campus. These include additional security measures in our residential areas (video surveillance at building entrances and door peephole viewers in every residential hall room); a messaging system that can instantaneously send a short message to the computers and cell phones of students, faculty, and staff; and an Emergency website and telephone hotline. We have an excellent university police department (WUPD) that is state certified and trained to deal with emergency situations, and coordinates with other law enforcement and emergency responders throughout the region.

WashU Safe

WashU Safe was developed by the WashU Public Safety department and the Office of Operations and Technology Transfer, with software assistance from AppArmor Mobile. The app addresses and promotes student, faculty and staff safety through important safety alerts and access to campus safety resources. Download the app today on Android or iOS.

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WashU offers a variety of dining options at the Danforth University Center (or DUC), which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Students receive “Bear Bucks” on a campus key card to spend on meals and snacks. 

In addition to the DUC, there are several other dining locations on campus, including Subway and Starbucks. Bear Bucks can also be used at a select number of off campus locations and vending machines throughout campus. Please note that specially prepared kosher and halal meals may be limited during the summer.

All dining locations on campus close by 7:00 p.m. during the summer months, so many students like to have a small stash of snacks available in their rooms. 


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