New students who meet the housing deadlines are guaranteed on-campus housing their first year at Western, or remainder thereof if admitted mid-year. Although your housing is guaranteed, there is no guarantee you will be placed in any particular location. Please note, however, that we make every effort to place you somewhere you request.
Housing Priority Date
The date you apply to Western serves as your housing priority date, and assignment priority is given to students who applied for admission the earliest. Freshman priority dates for fall quarter typically range from September through January. Students with the earliest priority dates have a greater chance of being placed in one of their housing preferences.
In your housing application, you select six housing preferences from a menu of over 50 options. Every effort is made to place you in one of your housing preferences, but it is not uncommon to be placed somewhere you did not request. It all depends upon your priority date, your housing preferences, and your peers' dates and preferences. Based upon typical preferences and priority dates, about 75 percent of new freshmen get successfully placed in one of their housing preferences. Please note that when assigning confirmed roommate groups, we refer to the housing preferences belonging to the roommate with the best priority date.
Pets are not allowed in University Residences, however assistance animals, such as service dogs and emotional support animals, are permitted in compliance with the Fair Housing Act. Before bringing an assistance animal into a residential building, students must follow standard procedure for requesting reasonable accommodation through the Disability Access Center.
When Rooms Are Assigned
Rooms are assigned on August 1 and September 1, depending upon when you applied for admission, when you applied for housing, and when you paid your housing deposit. Students assigned in the first batch typically applied for admission by January 1, applied for housing by May 1, and paid the housing deposit by June 15. Room assignments are posted in MyHousing along with the names and contact information for roommate(s) and suitemates. Please note that some students with later dates will receive a temporary assignment, usually as the roommate of a resident advisor, in a temporary guest housing unit, or at our nearby, contracted hotel. As vacancies occur over the first several weeks of the quarter, students in temporary assignments will settle into permanent locations.
For new students arriving for winter quarter, rooms are assigned in late December. Room assignments are posted in MyHousing along with the names and contact information for roommate(s) and suitemates.
For new students arriving for spring quarter, rooms are assigned in late March. Room assignments are posted in MyHousing along with the names and contact information of roommate(s) and suitemates.