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Lincoln Hall

Your Campus Home

Living on campus isn't just about the ease of getting to class and activities - it is about late-night study sessions, meeting life-long friends and learning new things about yourself. There is nothing quite like living and learning in the heart of the Washburn community. To help everyone find the right home, we offer six housing facilities with traditional, suite-style and apartment options. No matter what your choice, you'll be safe with secure facilities and our very own Washburn University Police Department on duty 24/7.

Residential Hall Options

Greek Housing Options

Mindy Rendon

Hear from Washburn's Director of Residential Living

More than 10 years ago (it’s important to note that I work at Washburn and that I’m not a student), I walked on to Washburn's campus for the first time and I fell in love. Truly. The campus was beautiful, it was full of green grass. Kind people waved to each other and knew each other’s names. This is where I wanted to be. That same feeling is sustained today.

My name is Mindy Rendon, director of residential living, and I love what I do. I work with a team - Kim, Jared, Jack, Kaylianne, Karen and Alyssa (professional staff) and resident assistants, desk assistants and office assistants (70+ amazing students whose names I would list but my proofreader said no). Together, we support students through the day-to-day challenges of being a college student.

Whether a student is an incoming freshman, transfer student or a returning student coming back for another year on campus, we are here to encourage community development, personal growth, and academic excellence. We get to show students how living on campus is not only a cool part of the greater college experience, but a significant one. When a student shows up to check in to the LLC, West, Lincoln, or the Village on Opening Day, that student is making a commitment toward their education and their future. We value that commitment. We honor that commitment by cultivating a supportive living and learning environment that gives our motto meaning…Here to Live, Here to Learn.

I hope my story at Washburn includes you. Each resident becomes a part of the residential living family and I love watching my family grow and thrive.


The handbook includes information on residence hall policies and procedures, which each resident is responsible for being familiar with:

(Click here for our latest version of the Handbook)

  • Who can apply for Housing?

All students admitted to Washburn who plan to enroll full-time, are eligible to live in the university residence halls.

  • What is the cost of living on campus?

Click here to view the cost sheet for our different facilities: Cost Sheet

  • Can I live in the Washburn Village Apartments?

In order to live in the Washburn Village Apartments students must have completed a minimum of 24 post-high school college credit hours. We have many incoming first year students that have completed a number of college credits through a variety of programs during their high school career. We understand that academically students may begin their time at Washburn as Sophomores, but we have set this requirement in an effort to provide an environment where we can focus on students' first year experience and transitioning to a collegiate setting.

  • When should I submit my Housing application for the Fall?

Housing applications for the Fall become available online on the first Monday in December. We utilize a self-asigned room selection process that allows students to view open rooms in real time and select the space most suited for them. New students can expect the self-assign option to be available to them in the second week of February. Since it never hurts, we always suggest filling out your application and paying your deposit sooner rather than later.

  • What do I do if I have been put on the waiting list for housing?

There has been the occasion in which we have a wait list, but each year we have been able to place most, if not all, of the wait listed students by the second or third week of classes. The speed at which we can place students on the wait list is entirely dependent on how many contract cancellations we receive.

  • I wish to cancel my housing contract. Can I get a refund? What do I do?

In order to cancel your contract, log back into and then the Housing Portal where you originally completed the contract. Then select the correct application and complete the cancel tab.

    • If you cancel your contract before June 1st, you will be refunded the full $300 deposit.

    • If you cancel your contract after June 1st, but before you move in, you will be refunded $100 of the $300 deposit.

    • If you cancel your contract after you have moved in, or any point throughout the academic year, you will be responsible for paying 35% of the remaining contract costs.

  • How would I go about requesting a special accommodation?

We do everything we can to meet the needs of all of our students. If you require a special accommodation we ask that you contact the Student Services office to submit your request. Once you have registered with them and submitted your request, they work with us to help provide you with an option that will meet your needs. You can contact them by:

  • Which building is the best place to live?

Each of our facilities has its own set of benefits for students living on campus. We suggest that you explore the different housing options to see which facility best meets your needs.

  • What is a Private Double Room?
New for Fall 2020 is a third room type, referred to as a private double. A private double is defined as a double room that a student chooses to pay an additional cost to keep the other side of the double room to themselves. The LLC will be the only facility that will have designated private double rooms.
  • Students will sign up for a private double on the link here.
  • Private doubles will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis; therefore, a private double is not guaranteed for everyone.
  • Students will receive confirmation of their new placement via their Washburn email address.
  • The price of a private double per semester is $3,419.00, compared to the price of a standard double room of $2,532.50 per semester.
  • If a double room is reserved as a private double, no furniture provided by Residential Living may be moved out of that space.
  • How do roommates pick the same room?

As mutually confirmed roommates (roommates that have accepted each other's requests), you have the option of assigning your roommates to rooms within a given suite. If you are the first person to go in and select a room, you can select multiple rooms within a suite and assign your roommates accordingly. This requires communication amongst you and your roommates, so make sure that you have discussed placement with your roommates.

  • I have the option to choose rooms for my roommates. Do I have to assign rooms for them?

You do not. It is an option for convenience, but it is not required. You may select a room for yourself, but note that someone else may choose the other spaces in your suite before your roommate(s) have a chance to get in and select it.

  • Why does my roommate not have the same timeslot as me?

Timeslots are assigned based on mutually confirmed roommates. If you and your roommate are mutually confirmed (both of you have accepted each other as roommates), then it could be because you or your roommate have other mutually confirmed roommates, and the system has paired your timeslot up with them instead.

  • What if my roommate does not have a timeslot?

If your roommate has expressed interest in a learning community, then they will not receive a timeslot. If that is not the case, then have them contact the Residential Living office for more assistance.

  • What if I am not available during my timeslot to select a room?

No worries! You may select a room during your timeslot, or any time afterwards. Just remember that the sooner you choose a room, the more options you will have available to you.

Download Residency Requirement & Exemptions Guidebook Here


Washburn University requires first-year, full-time students to live on campus to provide better access to campus resources and improve students’ opportunities for success. This requirement is known as a residency requirement. Residential Living recognizes that there may be certain circumstances for which a student is better suited to live off-campus. Students may choose to go through the process to request to be exempt from the residency requirement.

The exemption process for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year will open March 1, 2020 and close on July 31, 2020. The forms needed to submit an exemption will no longer be available online. Following the instructions below, students will log on to the Housing Portal. From there, they will be able to choose whether to complete a housing application or go through the exemption process. If a student opts to select the exemption route, then they will be directed to select what type of exemption they intend to complete. Information about the different types of exemptions is provided. Once a student selects the type of exemption they would like to pursue, the system will prompt the Residential Living Office to email the appropriate form to the student directly.

The Residential Living Main Office Staff evaluated the efficiency of last year’s exemption process and identified ways that we could better serve our students. The process I describe above is reflective of our team’s effort to improve how exemptions are processed. Updates to the Residency Requirement Guidebook are currently being made and will be available by early February. If you have any further questions, please contact the Residential Living Main Office at 785-670-1065 or


Main Office Staff



Directions to Housing Portal
  • Student must log on to their MyWashburn Account
  • Select the Student Life tab
  • The Residential Living section will direct students to the housing portal.

All numbers except 911 have an area code of (785)

Residential Living Main Office 670-1065
Lincoln Hall Front Desk 670-3900
Living Learning Center Front Desk 670-1016
Washburn Village Front Desk 670-1076
Counseling Services


Washburn University Police 670-1153
Equal Opportunity Director/ Title IX Coordinator/ ADA Coordinator 670-1509
Emergency 911

Mission & Purpose Statements

Residential Living will cultivate a supportive living and learning environment for all residents that encourages community development, personal growth, and academic excellence.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Residential Living

Residential Living
Washburn Residential Living Office
Living Learning Center
1801 SW Jewell Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone & Email
(785) 670-1065
Fax : (785) 670-1186

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