About Us

Western maintains over a million square feet of housing and dining space on its century-old, 215-acre campus. Sixteen residence halls and one apartment complex make up eight unique residential communities, each community with their own resident director.

Western’s campus is live-on optional and has an operating capacity of 4,145 residents. Within the division of Enrollment and Student Services, the department of University Residences employs 60 full-time staff and more than 150 student staff.

    University Residences supports and is guided by the:

    • University Mission and Strategic goals
    • Board of Trustees Guiding Principles for the Western Washington University Housing and Dining System
    • 10 Year Capital Plan
    • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCC) recommendations of the 2008 Comprehensive Evaluation Committee Report
    • Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) professional standards for higher education
    • Association of College and University Housing Organization-International standards and guidelines

    Our Vision

    Students living in University Residences engage in a community unlike any other, where they explore their passion, purpose and place at Western.

    Our Mission

    Create affordable, safe and well-maintained University housing that supports participation in healthy, inclusive and sustainable communities, where students invest in their academic success and personal growth.

    Department Principles

    • Student Centered
    • Collaborative Partnerships
    • Culture of Evidence
    • Customer Service
    • Fiscal Responsibility
    • Safe and Secure Residential Communities
    • Stewardship
    • Technology
    • Work Environment