Butler has a three-year residency requirement, meaning that students live on campus through junior year.
First-year students typically live in either Ross Hall or Schwitzer Hall.
Opened in 1954, Ross Residence Hall is named after the 19th president of Butler, Maurice O’Rear Ross, and serves as a coed residence hall that accommodates primarily first-year students. Ross offers four specialty units: two Living Learning Centers for men; one Living Learning Center for women; and one Substance-Free Unit. Social programming and events, such as karaoke night and stress-relief sessions, are available to Ross Hall residents. Some features of Ross Hall include: a kitchen and laundry room in the basement; microwaves in the lobby; a quiet study lounge; computer lab; game room with three pool tables, foosball and ping-pong tables; TV room with big-screen television; bicycle storage; and front-desk operations.
Named after Louis Schwitzer, a Butler University donor and the winner of the first automobile race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909, Schwitzer Residence Hall was dedicated in 1956. An all-women’s residence hall, Schwitzer houses primarily first-year students and offers social programming and events, such as make-your-own-music-video, to residents. Specialty units available include three Living Learning Centers and two Substance-Free Units. Features of Schwitzer Hall include: sunken lounge with television; fitness room; microwaves and kitchenettes on each floor; two kitchens and two laundry rooms in the basement; front lobby with piano; quiet study lounges; computer lab; pool, air-hockey and ping-pong tables; and front-desk operations.
Sophomore are likely to live in either Residential College – which we call ResCo – or the new Fairview House.
Completed in 1989, the Residential College (ResCo) is a coed residence hall with suite-style living—two rooms with a bathroom in between—in four wings. Each wing has a full-time faculty-in-residence who eats with students in the dining hall, participates in intramural events, and hosts various cultural and educational events for residents in their wing. At the center of ResCo is one of two campus dining halls, which is open Monday-Friday for breakfast and lunch. Other features of ResCo include: air-conditioned rooms; kitchenettes with stoves on second-floor units; microwaves and sinks on each unit; laundry room; study rooms; computer lab; game room featuring separate air-hockey, foosball, ping-pong and pool tables; TV room with big-screen television; conference rooms; piano room; and front-desk operations.
Butler University, in partnership with American Campus Communities, introduces Fairview House—a state-of-the-art, 633-bed, predominantly sophomore student residence hall—opening in fall 2016. Students will live in six- and eight-person suites with furnished bedrooms, lounge areas, and bathrooms with individual vanities. The residence hall also includes recreation and gaming lounge with a balcony overlooking a courtyard, a media lounge, social space with video display walls and fireside casual seating, a business center with print stations and private study space, a cardio fitness room with modern equipment and workout/yoga space, laundry centers on three floors, and dining facilities.
Juniors and a number of seniors live in AV, the Apartment Village.
Opened in 2006 as housing for juniors and seniors, the apartments in the Apartment Village contain four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, and living room, and full kitchen. Each bedroom is equipped with a single bed, dresser, and desk with a chair. The kitchen includes dishwasher, disposal, microwave, and a four-stool dining counter. All units have air-conditioning, cable television, and Ethernet and wireless access in each room. AV, as it is known, also has a centrally located community center, The Dawghouse, which includes a convenience store, career and computer resource lab, game room, laundry facilities, and staffed resource desk.
Butler offers a few other campus residence options, but those are the main ones.