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Perks & Recreation

Students playing soccer video game in AREA 01

Building perks

  • All rooms, balconies and public spaces in the residence halls are smoke-free including outside areas or locations that are near the air supply of residential buildings.
  • Cable TV is provided in every room with access to HuskyTV, a satellite television service operated by UW Communication Technologies. HuskyTV offers a variety of channels, including HBO and HBO GO, and is included in the room rate.
  • Ethernet access is available in every room, with a high-speed connection that enables residents to use UW computing resources and includes access to the Internet and email.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in all public areas of the residence halls. Most rooms have Wi-Fi in residential areas, while the legacy buildings (Haggett, Hansee and McMahon) have high-speed internet via ethernet connection that you can hook up to a personal Wi-Fi router.
  • Rooms are fully furnished and equipped. Specifics can be found on each building's web page.

Rick’s CafĂ©

  • Student-managed ice cream shop featuring $1 ice cream, located in Madrona Hall

Fitness and recreation

  • Area 01 in Maple Hall is a community-focused interdisciplinary learning destination featuring a maker space, music and video labs and a gaming area.
  • Fitness Center West, located in Elm Hall, is a large fitness facility that also houses our campus Health and Wellness Offices. Open to HFS residential students only, this facility offers cardio equipment, free weights and strength equipment. Classes including yoga and circuit training are available in the two large fitness studios.
  • The MILL in McCarty Hall is a hands-on workspace where the UW community comes together, both formally and informally, to imagine, discover, innovate and responsibly create.
  • McMahon Hall Fitness Room located in the North Tower lobby level of McMahon Hall, the fitness room includes elliptical machines, treadmills and table tennis.

Meeting rooms and study spaces

  • HFS facilities contain a number of meeting rooms.
  • Residents may use the rooms casually for studying or group activities as long as there is not a prior reservation for the space.
  • If you are in need of a space for a gathering and would like to make a reservation, HFS residents can reserve meeting rooms at no charge.

Student support

  • Health & Wellness Offices are located in Elm Hall, and provide resources and support for students. Please make an appointment.
  • The Learning Resource Center in Madrona Hall has study rooms, lecture halls and offices for RCSA and HFS residential educational leadership.