There are four residence halls that First-Year students live in, all with their own history.
All First-Year students at Washington and Lee University are required to live in on-campus housing.
The First-Year residence hall floors are divided into sections of 12 to 20 students, each supervised by a Resident Adviser who is a trained, upper-division student capable of giving sympathetic and informed guidance to new students. In keeping with the traditions of student life at the University, the regulation of residence hall life is based on the principle of student self-government. Except for regulations pertaining to health, safety, alcohol, and drugs, regulations governing residential life—quiet hours and visitation policy, for example—are set by the residents of each section in statements of social responsibility.
Rooms with facilities for physically disabled students are available in both singles and doubles. Service animals are allowed as an accommodation for individuals with disabilities in accordance with University policy.