Residential Life and Dining

On-Campus Living

What are the residence halls like?

First-year students are housed in Graham-Lees Hall or Gaines Hall. 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. The external doors are locked 24 hours a day and activated by your W&L identity card. All of the residence halls are well within walking distance to both campus and Main Street. About 20% of our rooms are singles, and students have a choice of co-ed or single-sex halls. Rooms with facilities for physically disabled students are available in both singles and doubles, and substance-free halls geared toward students who refrain from drinking alcohol are also an option.

Is there an internet connection?

All residence halls are equipped with wifi! 

Is there air conditioning?

The legends are true! Both recently renovated first-year residence halls are air conditioned.

Are activities planned in the residence halls?

Residence life staff host regular hall gatherings, which might include celebrating a hallmate's birthday, getting ice cream downtown or ordering pizza on the hall. RAs are here to make you feel welcome and introduce students to each other as early in the year as possible. You should get to know your hallmates well in the first few weeks!

Housing Assignments

How are roommates chosen?

Roommates are assigned by the Dean for First-Year Experience. Housing applications open in April for you to provide your room and roommate preference. Are you an early riser? A night owl? Do you listen to country music or rock & roll? Yankees or Red Sox? From your answers to these questions we'll match you with a roommate that fits your personality!

When will I receive my housing assignment?

In July, after all students confirm and return their housing forms.

What size sheets should I bring?

Bed sizes in the first-year residence halls are all extra-long twin size beds. Polka-dot, stripes, plaid, or mini dinosaur -- that's your choice.

Food and Dining

How is the food at W&L? 

Food at W&L is quite good, if we do say so ourselves.

W&L's Marketplace employs top chefs from Lexington and beyond who are responsible for whipping up three meals daily for our students. From a Caribbean carnival hosted by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program to our annual Midnight Breakfast the night before exams start, our first-year students are well fed! This year, nearly 30% of food served on campus comes from local producers, including the University's own garden (tended by W&L students, with guidance from Professor Bill Hamilton of the Biology department).

I have dietary restrictions. Will there be food for me?

Our Marketplace has options for everyone. They can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher, gluten-free, allergen-free, and other diets. If you have a food allergy, you should contact Dining Services to make sure they are aware of your needs.

What are the dining options on campus?

Besides the Marketplace, there is the E Café (all vegetarian), Café '77 (breakfast, lunch, snacks and late-night eats), The Tea House (sushi, sandwiches, and gourmet teas), and Fieldside Dining (different motifs all the time). For a full list of dining options, check out Dining Services.

Will I have a meal plan?

First-year students are required to carry a full board plan, which includes unlimited access to food in the Marketplace during operating hours, $225 Dining Dollars for fall term, $225 Dining Dollars for winter/spring terms, and three guest meals per term for your visitors.

What are "dining dollars"?

Sometimes you just need a snack! Food debit allows students to supplement the meal plan with access to the food items available at dining locations around campus so you can get that bag of chips or a yogurt parfait on your way to class.

I have more questions about Residential Life on campus!

No worries! Our Dean for First-Year Experience has a very comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about living in Lexington. Questions about housing can be found here and questions about dining are linked here.