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Living on Campus

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  • Living on campus provides great opportunities to meet people and build personal connections that can last a lifetime.
  • Great campus living on both East and West Campus – each side has its own residence halls and dining facility – as well as three apartment areas on campus.
  • LLCs (Living Learning Communities) allow you to live with other students in the same academic college or program, or based upon a shared interest, providing further opportunities for collaboration and building relationships with your peers.
  • University Housing and Residence Life offers numerous events throughout the year to enhance your campus life.
  • Numerous staff and volunteers help on Move-In Day to help get you settled into your new campus home, as you meet your RA and new neighbors.


Hey, what's up? I'm Cody Essien. I'm studying electronic journalism. And I'm from Bellevue, Illnois.

The perks of living on campus is you're able to meet people and build personal connections that you wouldn't necessarily be able to build in a classroom setting. We have great residence halls in East and West campus. So it's a great opportunity to be able to meet people.

There's something that's called LLCs that university housing has, which is a living, learning, community. And that's basically where you're living with everyone that's studying the same thing as you are. So you're meeting the people. They have the same homework as you, same projects. And it's a really great opportunity to collaborate.

Each year there are so many programs that happen within housing and residents live. I know for a year we can have more than 1,000 events. So some of the events I remember having when I stayed on campus was we had a movie out on the line, where we also had a bonfire and roasted marshmallows, cupcake decorating contest, things like that.

Moving day at SIU, it's honestly pretty flawless. Like when I moved in, for example, I didn't have to be anything, because they had so many volunteers, friendly staff members there. And it was awesome a way for me to meet my RA early on, as soon as I pulled up.

So they were very welcomed. Moving's awesome. Overall living on campus has been an awesome experience. I've made friendships that will last a lifetime.


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