The Department of Housing and Residential Education augments the educational mission of the University with service to more than 8,500 students living in 32 residence halls and three apartment properties. The department offers approximately 550 professional and student staff and is responsible for more than 3 million square feet of space. Campus housing is an ideal way for students to connect with campus life and resources. At the same time, campus housing provides a community within which students can develop more personal relationships and connect with the intellectual climate at Carolina.