The Offices of Residence Services and Residence Life provide living communities that support students' academic success and co-curricular learning. Willamette offers 11 coed residence halls, five national fraternities, three national sororities and two apartment buildings (for juniors, seniors and graduate students). Five of the halls are theme residences for students interested in an international focus, maintaining their connection to the outdoors and environment, wellness or substance-free living spaces. Live-in professional staff members supervise student staff members who focus on community development and programming for the students in their communities.
In order to enrich the on-campus experience, the residential communities are based on a student-centered approach to student governance. Staff members collaborate with students to develop and maintain a self-sufficient community in addition to offering leadership opportunities and events that promote educational, recreational, social, and cultural development.
Willamette University's relationship with Tokyo International University of America offers an exceptional opportunity for students to learn more about Japanese culture. Unique options such as having an international roommate are a distinctive part of Willamette and they foster many lasting global friendships.
Willamette University requires that all freshmen and sophomores live on campus unless they are married, over 21, or living with parent(s) within a commutable distance of 25 miles or less.