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Residential Life Activities

Residents working on a group project

When you live on campus you can choose from all sorts of community activities throughout the year. Designed so you can unplug and have fun with your friends and family.

Midnight Carnival at Dawg Daze

Midnight Carnival at Dawg Daze

The Midnight Carnival is an annual event during #DAWGDAZE with games, music, dancing, prizes, food and more. Dawg Daze is the University of Washington’s annual tradition of welcoming first-year and returning students to campus. Join your Residential Programming Board (RPB) in Red Square and have some fun!

Parents with student during Parent and Family weekend

Parent & Family Weekend

A fun-filled, three-day adventure with tons of opportunities for parents, families and current undergraduates to check out what the Husky Experience is really like.

Local trips

Residential Life hosts trips to local destinations in the greater Seattle area for low or no cost to residents. Past destinations have included: Snoqualmie Pass (snow tubing), Seattle Mariners’ games, Seattle Sounders’ games, pumpkin patches and more!

Late Night Breakfast

UW Dining hosts Late-Night Breakfast events at Local Point and Center Table where residents can enjoy pancakes with a FULL toppings bar and other breakfast foods from 9–11 pm.

Hall Council

Each community has a Hall/Community Council, which is open to any student in the community to join to help plan programs and events, advocate for community needs, and gain valuable leadership skills. Hall Councils meet weekly, and they are a great way to get involved and meet new people!

Educational programming

Residential Life student staff host educational events in the community in the areas of academic success, wellness, and diversity and social justice. These events are a great way to learn something new, socialize with other residents in your community, and build skills to help you succeed at the UW and beyond.

Residents on a trip to a corn maze
Residents attending hall council meeting
Students at movie night

Movie screenings

The Residential Programming Board (RPB) hosts weekly movie screenings at no cost to students. Popcorn included!

Cooking workshops

Are you interested in learning to cook? Residential Life and UW Dining host four cooking workshops per quarter to teach residents basic cooking skills. Past workshops have included trifle jars, overnight oats, spring rolls and acai bowls!

Make and Takes

Many of our programming teams on campus host events that allow you to create something that you can take back with you to your residential community! Previous Make and Take events have included potted plants and succulents, paintings, scrunchies, engraved chopsticks and vinyl stickers.

Traditional events

The residential communities also host annual events that have been planned and implemented for many years. These include a campus-wide talent show, an escape room, a Chopped cooking-show event, the Late-Night Carnival and more!

Cooking workshop
Residents playing Jenga
Residents making scrunchies

Watch your hall lobby or check your hall's Facebook page for these and other activities throughout the year.