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The housing application invites you to select three housing preferences; if you participate in Room Selection, you will be able to select any open space. If we assign you, your building preferences below are used during the assignments process. Assignment priority is given to students who apply for admission the earliest, meet the housing deadlines and join a roommate group.
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Western offers 16 unique residence halls in a variety of sizes, architectural styles and vintages. Every hall in coeducational with one gender per room, suite, wing, or floor. See Gender Inclusive Areas below for mixed-gender rooms and suites.
Rooms typically flank a central hallway and residents share one or two large bathrooms down the hall. Corridor-style buildings have a traditional feel and make it easy to meet new people.
Two to five rooms are clustered around a shared bathroom. Suite-style buildings promote strong relationships between roommates and suitemates.
Single, Double, and Triple Rooms
Double occupancy rooms are the campus standard, but some residence halls offer triples and a few singles. Single rooms are assigned only to students who request them, and the demand always exceeds the supply. Triples are available upon request, but you may be assigned to a triple even if you did not request one. Residence hall room rates are solely based upon the sign capacity of your room: single rooms are the most expensive and triple rooms are the most economical.
Apartment living for non-freshman is offered in Birnam Wood where 130 units accommodate 520 students. Most units are all male or all female, but a few units are gender inclusive. Each apartment is furnished for four students and includes two double-occupancy bedrooms, full kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, and balcony. Quarterly cost includes wireless Internet, digital cable, utilities, and use of the laundry facilities. Residents have access to the community building, front desk, computer lab, bike storage, and permit parking. Birnam Wood is supervised by a full-time, live-in Apartment Coordinator and five part-time, live-in Community Advisors. Meal plans are available for Birnam Wood residents, but not required. Birnam Wood is reserved for non-freshmen, freshmen may request consideration through Housing@wwu.edu.
How to Apply
To request Birnam Wood, simply apply for housing and make Birnam Wood your top housing preference. Space may not be available for all who request Birnam Wood, so be sure to select alternative housing preferences in our housing application. Two-bedroom apartments for married students or students with dependents are offered on a space-available basis contact Housing@wwu.edu for rates and availability.
Substance Free Areas
These areas promote a lifestyle free of alcohol, marijuana, and all illegal substances. Students living in these areas agree to abide by University policies and regulations regarding substance-free living; any student failing to do so will be sanctioned and may be moved to a community more suitable to their lifestyle choice.
- Higginson Hall (floor 5)
- Fairhaven Complex (stacks 7-8)
- Mathes Hall (floors 1-3)
- Nash Hall (floors 1-3)
- Ridgeway Alpha (all floors)
- Ridgeway Beta (stacks 5-6)
- Ridgeway Gamma (stacks 7-8)
Pride Housing: An LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community
Pride Housing provides a home for students who are particularly seeking an LGBTQ+ affirming and gender-inclusive living experience. Pride Housing will:
- Build a caring and connected community among residents in Pride Housing.
- Provide students with opportunities for learning about development of their own multidimensional personal and social identities.
- Connect residents with resources across campus that promote academic success and personal wellness.
Unlike Gender Neutral Housing (GNH), Pride Housing provides a programmatic element for a living-learning experience where students benefit from living among others who have chosen this community.
Students who request Pride Housing:
- will also need to declare their Housing Gender as Neutral.
- who want a roommate(s) also requesting the Pride Housing are directed into the Gender Neutral roommate pool, but should also note their interest in Pride Housing on their roommate search bio.
- will only be able to select a room in the Pride Housing.
Gender Neutral Housing
Gender Neutral Housing (GNH), is a choice made on the Declared Housing Gender page in the Housing application. Students wanting a room assignment that is not based upon gender will declare their Housing Gender as Neutral. This option is not programmatic; it is considered one of three room types: female, male and neutral. This is only used by University Residences and does not affect your WWU gender.
This housing option is for students wanting a room assignment and roommate that is not based upon gender (different from Pride Housing which emphasizes programming based upon gender nonconforming and gender justice issues).
A declared Housing Gender of Neutral will return roommate matches that are neutral and show only Gender Neutral rooms in Room Selection.
Honors Program Community
For students enrolled in the Honors Program, University Residences and the Honors Program collaboratively offer a living-learning experience in Edens Hall. Students benefit from living among a group that shares academic goals and interests and where residential programs and activities complement the classroom. To ensure successful placement in the Honors Program Community, apply to the program on time and select the Honors Program Community in your housing application. Space is limited!
Fairhaven College Sustainable Food Community
For students enrolled in the Fairhaven College Sustainable Food Systems course, the Fairhaven Sustainable Food Community offers a living-learning experience in stack 11 of the Fairhaven Complex. Students will live, farm, cook and work together as they learn about agriculture, justice and sustainability in food systems.
Western offers residential experiences for students seeking exposure to other cultures, languages, and perspectives.
Japanese Roommate Experience
Hall residents can experience Japanese culture by being roommates with a students attending Western through the Asia University America Program, an English language and cultural orientation program for students enrolled at Asia University in Tokyo, Japan. The AUAP invites American roommates to get involved in its cultural programs and activities.
Viking Launch Community
Available exclusively to freshmen arriving fall quarter, the Viking Launch program gives participants a focused head-start on college live at Western. Students arrive on campus seven days early for an intensive week of study and preparation for a successful first year. Residents as cohort is an integral part of the program, so living on campus is required and participants are placed in the Fairhaven Complex or Ridgeway Kappa.
While Western does not have dedicated family housing, family apartments for students with dependents (spouse, domestic partner or children) are offered on a space available basis at Birnam Wood. Please contact Housing@wwu.edu if you plan to bring a family with you to campus.