Harris Hall Exterior

Living on Campus

At Widener you will find a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive residential community with housing options that suit a variety of interests, living styles, and needs. 

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Who lives on campus?

On-campus living engages students in co-curricular activities, cultivates a sense of belonging, helps foster independence, and supports the development of skills essential to academic success. For that reason, Widener University requires that traditional, full-time undergraduate students live on campus during their first two years of study, unless they are living at their permanent address with their parents or guardians. Housing is offered both during the academic year and during summer sessions for Widener University students. Academic year housing includes break periods like Thanksgiving, spring, and winter for no extra cost.

Campus Living

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87% Live on Campus Their First Year

Before long, our campus will feel like your second home.

Hanna Residence Hall

17 Standard Residence Halls

Plus apartment-style and themed housing giving you tons of living options

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Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Experience a strong sense of community and connection fostered by the Office of Residence Life, ensuring you'll find a home away from home that's welcoming, supportive, safe, and inclusive. At Widener, you'll find:

  • Resident Assistants specially trained around DEIB, advocacy, and anti-racism
  • Gender-inclusive housing options and the choice to select who you live with regardless of gender identity — an accessible option for students who identify as transgender, non-binary, are questioning their gender identity, or do not wish to subscribe to gender classifications
  • Inclusive programs that advocate for the diverse needs of all residents and opportunities to experience and celebrate different cultures and perspectives
  • Zero tolerance for discrimination and harassment and confidential ways to report issues, ensuring you always feel safe and supported
Resident Assistant with students in residence hall

A Welcoming, Safe Environment

A friendly, secure, and engaging environment is supported by resident assistants (RAs) whom live in the halls, professional staff, and the student-run Residence Hall Association that serves as the governing board for the residential community in addition to planning a variety of programs and activities including the campus tradition, Late Night Breakfast.

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Living-Learning Communities & Themed Housing

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) give first-year students the ability to live and learn with students that share common experiences. LLCs span many focuses—from specific majors like nursing or engineering to shared interests like global culture and sustainability. 

Themed-housing is also available to support students in creating small, personalized communities with friends and classmates based on common interests or campus organization involvement. Themed housing includes houses hosted by Fraternity & Sorority Life as well as the Gender Inclusive House. 

First-Year Housing

Returning and Graduate Student Housing