A rewarding residential experience 
Wartburg prides itself on being a four-year residential institution! The Wartburg College Residential Life Program is an integral part of the educational program and academic support services of Wartburg College. The mission is to provide a living-learning environment for all residential students, in accordance with the nature and goals of the college. The goals of the residential life program include: providing individual and/or group educational and development opportunities, offering well-maintained facilities, and providing responsive, efficient, and effective management of services and resources.

Benefits of Living on Campus

Academic Performance: Living on campus gives students an academic edge. According to the American Council on Education, studies show students who reside on campus achieve higher grade point averages than their off-campus peers.

Social and Personal Development: For many students, college is the first taste of independence from parental control. Campus housing creates a supervised environment conducive to healthy personal/social development by providing students the opportunity to form an identity, or sense of community, with the institution.

Convenience and Time Management: Many students find living on campus much more convenient than living off campus and on-campus students generally interact more with faculty and staff mentors, taking greater advantage of academic support services.

Diversity: Wartburg students living on campus represent more diversity racially and ethnically than the campus population at large and this living-learning environment is an important part of the Wartburg educational experience.


Vollmer Room

The Complex (Centennial, Vollmer, and Hebron) and the McCoy Living and Learning Center & Clinton Hall
Most rooms are doubles; however, three- and four-person rooms are available.

The Residence

Founders, Grossmann, Löhe, Afton and Waverly Manors, and The Residence
Room styles include single and double rooms, and three-, four-, and eight-person suites.

Knights Village

Knights Village
Individual two-story “townhouses” for four to seven students include a furnished living space and kitchen.


The Residence, a suite-style residence hall, is a living and learning environment in which residents come together as a community to grow as servant leaders and gain greater social awareness. The primary goal of The Residence Service Projects is to work as a group to identify and meet a need in the community. Service projects must be developed with the intention that all members of the group participate in the planning and implementation of programs and events. In addition, each member must be committed to serving a community partner. The project should begin at the start of Fall Term and continue for the entire academic year.

The Residence
The Residence - Sample Suite


Does Wartburg have a residential policy?
All full-time students must live on campus. Representatives of the Off-Campus Review Committee review all submitted applications for off-campus approval. Criteria that is heavily considered include the student being married, having dependents, living with a parent or legal guardian within 30 miles of the campus, is 23 years old by September, 1 or has applied and received a special exemption from the Off-Campus Housing Review Committee which is extremely rare. Students who move off campus without permission will continue to be charged for campus room and board. Students should plan on living on campus the entire duration of their Wartburg education. Click here for information about gender-inclusive housing.

What are my room dimensions and can I see my room during the summer?
Once you receive your housing assignment letter you can find your room dimensions located on the residence life website by clicking on residence halls and the name of your building. You may come to campus to view your room no earlier than two weeks prior to first year move in.

When do I move into my residence hall?
First-year and transfer students may arrive on campus between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the Saturday prior to the first day of classes. Student athletes participating in fall athletics will receive specific information about early arrivals such as date, time, and check-in location from their coach in collaboration with Residential Life.

What should I leave at home?

  • Pets (except fish in a 30 gallon tank or smaller; no piranhas)
  • Extension cords, multiple plug adapters and surge protectors with more than 6 outlets
  • Alcohol (if you’re under 21) or alcoholic containers for display
  • Candles and incense (prohibited for safety reasons)
  • Air conditioners (unless you have a documented medical need on file with the Residential Life Office)
  • Toasters, toaster ovens, electric skillets, hotplates, George Foreman grills, space heaters, Pizza Pizzaz, and other electrical appliances with exposed heating coils (fire hazard)
  • Guns, knives, fireworks, and other weapons
  • Wireless routers (All halls have wireless so no router needed!)
  • Duct tape, masking tape, nails, or thumbtacks intended for hanging wall items
  • Halogen lamps and multiple head spider lamps. These types of lamps are particularly prone to starting fires. These types of lamps are not only prone to tipping, but may readily ignite objects such as curtains, bedding, lofts, or clothes if placed under or near them. Please leave halogen and spider lamps at home.

Are the residence halls air conditioned?
The Centennial Complex (Hebron, Vollmer, Centennial) does not have central air conditioning. Students may cool their rooms through the use of window fans. Students requiring air conditioning for clearly documented health reasons may bring a window air conditioning unit to campus if they have the proper documentation on file in the Residential Life Office. Air conditioning is available in all other halls.

Can I build a loft in my room?
Students living in The Centennial Complex and the Manors are welcome to build lofts for their rooms as long as they follow our loft standards. All college-provided furniture must stay in the residence hall rooms.

Does Wartburg offer health insurance?
Wartburg does not offer, nor require students to carry health insurance, however, the college STRONGLY encourages students to have health care coverage.

Who can I go to in the Residence Halls if I have a question?
A professional Residence Life staff member oversees each residence hall. Area Coordinators (professional staff who oversee more than one building) are trained professional staff who manage resident assistants, adjudicate disciplinary conduct issues, act as a liaison with facilities management, and promote positive living-learning environments. Professional staff members are assisted by trained student staff who live in each hall and assist with administrative tasks.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are selected and trained student leaders who assist residents by peer counseling, advising, resolving conflicts, providing programs, maintaining community standards and assisting in orientation to collegiate life. RAs play a key role in creating an environment for students that is conducive to academic, personal, and social growth and development. RAs are friends, resources, mentors, role models and community leaders.

Where can I do my laundry?
Laundry facilities are located in each residential building. Laundry is free to wash and free to dry. Ironing boards are not available in the residence halls. Students must provide their own laundry detergent, dryer sheets, iron, etc.

Where can my friends and family send me mail?
The Wartburg Mail Center provides delivery of USPS, UPS, private carrier, and on-campus mail and packages to student mailboxes. It operates Monday through Friday. Letters and packages mailed to you should be addressed as follows:

Student Name
Box: ### (Your assigned mailbox number) 
Wartburg College 
100 Wartburg Blvd.
Waverly, IA 50677

Do the residence halls have kitchens?
Each residential area is equipped with a kitchen that includes a microwave, stove, sink, and refrigerator. A small amount of pans are available in each residence hall to checkout from the RA Office.

Where can I find an RA or check out equipment?
The RAs in each residence hall staff an RA Office where students may check out a number of useful items. Items may include: vacuums, brooms, pans, games, movies, and pool/ping pong equipment. The RA Offices are open each evening from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday- Thursday and 8p.m.-2a.m. Friday and Saturday.

What are the inter-visitation hours in the residence halls?
Students in all residence halls may be on floors assigned to the opposite sex between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Although the College has established visitation hours, a student’s right to study, sleep and exercise control over his/her personal space takes precedence over the right to host guests. The Residence Life Office/Student Life Office will actively intervene if conflicts arise between roommates with respect to the inter-visitation policy.

When are quiet hours?
Quiet hours are from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 12 a.m.-8a.m. Friday and Saturday. During quiet hours, noise should not be audible outside of a resident’s room with the room door closed. All students are expected to respect other students’ rights to study and sleep free from interruptions. Courtesy hours exist at all other times. Simply stated, you need to respect requests from other students to keep all noise down to an acceptable level.

Can I smoke on campus?
In accordance with the State of Iowa Smoke-free Air Act in 2008, smoking is prohibited in all college owned buildings, vehicles, and on all campus grounds. This includes recreational facilities, athletic facilities, and parking lots.

Can you have alcohol on campus?
The Centennial Complex and Clinton Hall are “Dry” buildings, meaning regardless of age students are not permitted to possess any alcohol. Students who are found in possession of any full, partially full, or empty alcohol containers are in violation of the Alcohol Policy. For all other halls alcohol possession and consumption is allowed in residence hall rooms only by those students who are 21 years of age or older. Students who are under the age of 21 may not be present in any room where alcohol containers, full, partially full or empty are present.

If I like to hunt, where can I store my equipment?
Ammunition and weapons may not be kept in student rooms. Students who wish to have a weapon for hunting purposes must store the weapon and ammunition with the Wartburg Campus Security Office.

Where can I store my bike?
There are bicycle racks outside of the residence halls and around most other buildings. Bicycles may also be stored in the student’s room. They cannot be stored in hallways, stairwells, lobbies, lounges, laundry rooms, and building entrances. Also they may not be chained to guard rails, trash cans or trees. We strongly encourage you to register your bike with the Security Office! With minor exceptions, all bicycles look the same. Registering a bike assists Campus Security and the student in locating a missing bike. At any time, there could be 5 blue Treks or 8 green Roadmasters on campus. When registered, each bike is provided with a registration decal with a unique registration number. While everyone is strongly encouraged to lock their bike when not in use, there is evidence the registration decal can be also a theft deterrent. Registration is free.

Can I bring a car to campus?
All students may bring one vehicle to campus. They must register it with Campus Security. Students commuting from home may register more than one vehicle. All vehicles must be registered, regardless of duration. There is a nominal fee for registering a vehicle temporarily and bringing a substitute vehicle for an already registered vehicle can be registered at no cost. Always park in one’s assigned student parking lot pending receiving a parking decal or, if not registered, park in D Lot until a decal can be arranged.

What about security in the residence halls?
Wartburg has Area Coordinators and Security staff members on duty 24 hour per day, 365 days each year. Resident Assistants perform duty rounds in their halls to ensure safety in each building. Residence hall doors are locked 24/7 for added security. Students have access to the buildings with their ID card. Phones are located near access doors in each building.

Are there emergency phones on campus?
Emergency telephones are located in several parking lots across campus in case of an emergency. Please note their location when arriving on campus. Telephones are also available in the hallway of each floor within the Residence Halls for emergency purposes as well as the RA Offices in each building.

Can I stay in my room during campus breaks?
Students are permitted to reside on campus during our three major breaks (Christmas, Winter and Tour Week) as long as they fulfill one of the following requirements: Students are required to be on campus for athletics, on campus employment or academic work. Students who live farther than 500 miles from campus may also request to stay. More information will be provided to students as the various breaks approach. Students who wish to stay on campus must fill out the appropriate form. Any student who isn’t registered to stay needs to be out of the hall by 7:00PM on the day break begins, or noon on the day following the beginning of break. The time specific time and date will be sent out to students in the weeks prior to the beginning of the break.

What should I do if I need something fixed in my room?
If you need to report maintenance concerns to the facilities management staff, you will use the online reporting system found in InfoCenter.

Where do I eat?
Wartburg is a residential campus. For this reason, Wartburg offers a variety of dining services that allow the students flexibility and choice. Whether it’s eating a full scale meal in the Mensa Dining Hall or picking up a sandwich at the Den-Rittersaal, or ordering specialty drinks at the Konditorei or Zesty Orange, our facilities offer a variety of foods that are ready when you are. For more information visit the Dining Services website.

Who cleans my room?
You do! Set up cleaning standards with your roommate upon your arrival to campus. All community bathrooms are cleaned once each business day by professional maintenance staff members, however it is the expectation that each student do his or her part to keep the community areas clean as well.

What if I get Sick?
You can call the Noah Campus Health Clinic at ext. 8436 to make an appointment to be seen by our staff. The clinic is located in Suite 1392 of the Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center. Noah Campus Health Clinic is a comprehensive outpatient clinic on Wartburg College’s campus that can meet most health needs of students, faculty, and staff. Medical conditions that go beyond the scope of the campus health clinic are referred to off-campus providers.

Do I need insurance for my housing?
The college does not assume liability for loss or damage to a student’s personal items. Students and their parents are encouraged to insure their personal property. It is a good idea to review your home owner’s insurance to verify coverage and to consider renter’s insurance, if necessary.


Radios, stereos, desk lamps, televisions, and other small appliances are permitted, provided the equipment is kept in safe operating condition. Energy star appliances are encouraged. Irons and coffee pots are permitted, however, all other appliances with open heat sources are prohibited.

Microwave Ovens: must not exceed 1.5 cubic-foot capacity or more than 750 watts. Microwaves must be plugged either directly into the wall outlet or into a UL-approved three-prong grounded extension cord containing its own fuse.

Refrigerators: must not exceed 5 cubic feet or 1.5amps. Refrigerators must be plugged directly into the wall outlet or into a UL-approved three-prong grounded extension cord containing its own fuse. Should be kept in open view and not placed in a closet or other enclosure that restricts adequate ventilation. 

Room Furnishings
The college supplies a bed, dresser, desk, and chair for each student, as well as blinds and a closet in each room. The rooms in Clinton Hall and the Centennial Complex are not carpeted. The college’s furnishings must remain in the assigned room.Wifi and cable television are available for each student room.  Wartburg contracts with Mediacom for digital TV. Students who do not have an HDTV can check out a converter box from their hall’s office. Each residence hall provides study lounges, recreation areas with cable TV and vending machines, and laundry rooms. Laundry services are free for students.

Common Questions

What comes in a residence hall room?

  • Bed
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Extra-long twin mattress
  • Dresser
  • Closet or clothes wardrobe
  • Blinds
  • Internet access 

What should I bring?
Living in a residence hall is different than living at home. For most students this will be the first time they’ve had to share a room so we encourage you to pack conservatively when you first come to campus. You can always bring more stuff from home if you have room for it later. You MAY NOT remove Wartburg furniture from the rooms. For many of these items, it’s a good idea to contact roommates about what they are bringing in order to avoid duplication in the room. Click here for a suggested list of things to bring (some are essential; others are not).

New incoming students will complete a housing application online and indicate hall and roommate preferences as part of their SOAR checklist. Housing assignments are based on two factors:  the date the $275 enrollment is received and living-environment preferences. 

All incoming students are assigned a roommate or roommates.  The Office of Residential Life uses preferences on the housing application card to match students with compatible interests and lifestyles.  Students who wish to live with a specific person should note this request on the housing card.  The request must be mutual in order to be granted.  We suggest that friends from the same high school or siblings not room together.  Students are notified of their housing assignments in late July or early August. 

  • New students will be asked to sign the Housing and Dining Contract when they arrive on campus.
  • New students who are participating in the Scholars program live in Clinton hall as part of the living-learning community during the first year.

Common Questions

What if I have someone who I want to live with?
Wonderful! Please list your roommate request on your housing card. If you have already completed your housing card, just call the Residential Life Office and tell us who you would like to live with. Once housing assignments are made (the middle of July) no changes will be made. Requests must be mutual, meaning both students need to request one another.

How are new students assigned roommates and to rooms?
All first year and transfer students are assigned a roommate based on the responses to the housing card that they complete during SOAR. Students are encouraged to fill out the application honestly! Preference for building placement is considered by the date in which the $275 enrollment fee is received. We encourage students to contact their roommates as soon as they are notified of who they are living with. Communication is key to a successful roommate relationship!

When do I receive my housing assignment?
Roommate assignments are made available on during July. An email will be sent to all new student informing them of how to access this information. 

What happens if I don’t get along with my roommate?
Most roommate matches work out well. Some do not. Students who wish to move to different rooms should talk with their RAs first. The staff will try to help you and your roommate(s) work out your differences. Typically, roommate conflicts arise as a result of communication problems, and the staff will help facilitate open dialog. This process may take awhile; developing open communication does not always occur quickly.After students have made a good faith effort toward resolving the conflicts, room switches may be available. These moves may also involve a wait depending on the availability of housing or the individual’s particular preferences for qualities in their new roommate(s). No room changes will occur before September fifteenth of every academic year.

First-Year Residence Halls

The Complex consists of three structurally connected buildings (Centennial, Vollmer, and Hebron Hall). Most rooms are doubles; however, three- and four-person rooms are available. One kitchen in Centennial serves The Complex. The Complex is a substance-free residence hall.

Clinton Hall, which opened in 1957, was renovated in 2016 and is now part of the McCoy Living & Learning Center. It houses 150 men and 130 women. Three--person rooms are available, although most rooms are doubles. Clinton is a substance-free residence hall.

Suite-Style Residence Halls

Built in 1919 and completely renovated in 1997, Founders Hall has the character and charm of an older building and the convenience of a newer one. The building houses 80 students, men and women. The variety of room styles include single and double rooms, and three- and four-person suites.

Afton and Waverly Manors each consist of four separate two-story houses where 12 men and 12 women live on different floors. Students in two adjoining double rooms share bath facilities. Rooms surround the central lounge.

Grossmann Hall opened in the fall of 1995 and Löhe Hall in 2004. Floors are arranged in suites for one, three, four, six, or eight students. Sleeping rooms are grouped around a small living area with bath and shower areas centrally located to accommodate several suites. Cardinal Commons is a multi-purpose atrium that separates Grossmann and Löhe Halls.

The Residence provides a living/learning atmosphere for groups of eight. Groups are selected on the basis of a service project partnered with an organization in the Cedar Valley Area, stated goals, and means of evaluation. Each suite consists of four double rooms with two bathrooms and a spacious living area that can accommodate special programming. Halls share a common lounge area that was once the college president's house, which includes a kitchen.


Knights Village units are designed for four or six person groups and opened in September 2000. It consists of individual two-story "townhouses" named after cities where Wartburg College has been located at various times in its history. It includes a commons, called Saginaw Haus, as well as Mendota Haus, Galena Haus, Dubuque Haus, and St. Sebald Haus. The village houses 88 seniors in units designed for four to seven students. Occupancy is restricted to seniors. Kitchen facilities are available in each apartment. All apartments are furnished with a sofa, chairs, kitchen table and chairs, refrigerator, and an oven.

The off- campus housing application deadline was Friday, March 5. All returning students who missed the deadline will need to appeal for permission to submit a late application. The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students will review your appeal and decide if you may complete a late application. If your appeal is granted the Residential Life Department will be in touch with you on the next steps for completing a late application.

Wartburg College prides itself on being a four-year residential campus. Because Wartburg College values the role of residence hall life in creating a vibrant living/learning community, all full-time students are REQUIRED to live on campus all four years and for the duration of each academic year. Any incoming students desiring to live off campus must apply for approval from the Residential Life Office prior to the start of the fall term.


Wartburg College prides itself on being a four-year residential campus. Because Wartburg College values the role of residence hall life in creating a vibrant living/learning community, all full-time students are REQUIRED to live on campus all four years and for the duration of each academic year. Student desiring to live off campus must apply for approval from the Residential Life Office. All off-campus decisions are made through the Off-Campus Review Committee.

Incomplete applications or late applications will not be reviewed and will result in automatic denial.

Completion of this application, financial exigency, deposit and landlord deadlines, local summer employment, or a signed lease does not enhance a student’s chances for approval to live off campus. Therefore, don’t sign leases or set-up off campus housing prior to approval notification. Moving off campus without prior approval will result in receiving a room assignment on campus and a meal plan. You will be held responsible for full room and board charges.

Students who receive a scholarship that requires them to live on campus (Full Tuition Regents Scholarship, Tuition Remission, Tuition Exchange, Wilhelm Loehe Scholarship, ELCA Tuition Exchange, Harry & Polly Slife Minority Scholarship, R.J. McElroy Minority Scholarship, International Ruppe Scholarship, Davis United World College Scholars Program and McCaskey Orange Opportunity Scholarship, Otto Legacy Scholarship) must meet with Financial Aid before submitting an application so they understand the impact off-campus approval may have on their financial aid package.

Initial decisions for off-campus approvals will be announced at the end of February. If you do not meet any of the off-campus living criteria but have submitted an application for other reasons, there may be a delay in the college’s response to you based on the gathering of information, housing numbers, enrollment numbers, retention figures, and the need for additional review meetings. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed. Again, moving off campus without approval from the Residential Life Office will result in room and board charges to your student account. Wartburg College is a four-year residential campus.

If you do not receive final notification of approval prior to the start of the Housing Lottery Process, you will need to participate to ensure your opportunity to secure preferred on-campus housing for the following academic year. Failure to participate in the Housing Lottery does not allow you to live off-campus without approval. If your application is approved after securing an on-campus space, you can still choose to reside off-campus.

Please choose the appropriate application based on the criteria below.

Criteria One – automatic release after verification – must meet one of the criteria below.

  • I am married (verified by Residential Life)
  • I am or will be 23 years of age or older on the start of the fall term that I am applying for (verified by Residential Life)
  • I have dependent children (verified by Residential Life)
  • I will be interning full-time further than 50 miles from campus (verified by  Internship Coordinator)

Criteria two – applications will be reviewed by the off campus release committee. Approval is not guaranteed. Students applying with this criteria will have a $500.00 non-resident fee applied each term to their student account for each term they reside off-campus.

  • I will be commuting from my legal guardian’s home, within the 30 mile radius of campus (requires notarized letter from legal guardian and proof of address)
  • I will have 4Y status with an anticipated graduation date of December 2021, May 2022, or Summer 2022 (Verified by the Registrar, 4Y status requires a minimum of 22 course credits by the end of the fall in the current academic year).
  • Requires a 3.0 GPA. Must include supporting essay about how you plan to stay engaged with the campus community if approved for off-campus housing
  • I have a circumstance that I feel requires special attention for review. Must include written description of said circumstance and any supporting documentation you feel is pertinent to our decision.

Student requesting off campus permission for medical or mental health needs must submit proof of housing accommodation approval from disability services.

Break Housing
Residence Halls close for Christmas Break, Winter Break, and Tour week. Students who meet one of the following criteria are allowed to stay on campus, in their assigned room at no charge to them:

  • The student lives 500 miles or more from campus.
  • The student is required to stay for academic reasons (verified by the professor). 
  • The student is required to stay for a campus activity (verified by the Program Director).
  • The student is required to stay for athletics (verified by the Athletic Department).
  • The student is required to work ON campus (verified by the campus employer).

Students who do not meet the above criteria are still allowed to register for break housing. Those students will be charged the daily rate of $25 a day. Only students registered to stay will be allowed to stay in the halls over break. 

Summer Housing
Taking summer classes? Working on campus or working in Waverly and need a place to live? As long as you are enrolled in summer classes, you can apply to live on campus. Application information will be out soon.


    The residential experience at Wartburg is specifically designed to meet the needs of students throughout their four years and help them transition to more independent living after graduation.




    Professional Staff
    Because we put so much emphasis on the education that happens outside of the classroom we feel it is vital that students have professional resources available in the residence halls as well as in the classroom. Each residential area is staffed by an Area Coordinator who is a full time, live-on professional trained in student development, conflict resolution and crisis management. Area Coordinators oversee the Resident Assistants (RAs), serve as a resource to students, and adjudicate policy violations. 

    Student Staff
    Resident Assistants are undergraduate members of the Residential Life Staff under contract to the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students, and report to and are supervised by an Area Coordinator or the Assistant Director of Residential Life and the Director of Residential Life. Resident Assistants have the most frequent and direct communication with residential students. Therefore, Resident Assistants have an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the development and education of these individuals. Resident Assistants also are responsible for implementing initiatives and policies through which the goals of Residential Life are accomplished. It is expected that Resident Assistant will be interested in the welfare of students regardless of their race, gender identity and/or gender expression, ability, political affiliation, veteran status, religion, ancestry, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation at Wartburg College.

    Cassie Hales

    Director of Residential Life and Chief Student Conduct Officer

    Josh Bulten

    Assistant Director of Residential Life/Area Coordinator - Manors, Knights Village, The Residence

    Jess Simmons

    Area Coordinator: Grossman, Löhe, Founders

    Courtney Tripp-Stuck

    Assistant Director of Residential Life & First Year Transition - Clinton and Centennial Complex