University Residences

University Residences

Quick Facts

By The Numbers

  • 1,000,000+ square feet of housing and dining space
  • 4,043 student capacity + 75 temporary beds

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  • 4,060 students living on campus
  • 58% of residents are female
  • 42% of residents are male
  • 64% of residents are new freshman
  • 27% of residents are continuing students of various ages and class standings
  • 7% of residents are new transfer students

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  • 90% of residents live in double rooms
  • 8% of residents live in triple rooms
  • 2% of residents live in single rooms

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  • 93% of freshmen choose to live on campus their first year at Western.
  • 75% of freshman were successfully placed in one of their housing preferences
  • 45% of freshmen requested to room with someone they already know
  • 20% of freshmen live in the Fairhaven Complex — the largest residential community on campus

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  • 50:1 ratio of residents to Resident Advisors
  • 60 full-time professional staff
  • 83 part-time paraprofessional student staff
  • 85 part-time student staff

Living On Campus: A Quick Overview

  1. Living on campus is completely optional for all students, including new freshmen
  2. New freshmen and transfer students who meet the housing deadlines are guaranteed housing during their first year at Western, or remainder thereof if admitted mid-year.
  3. Assignment priority is given to housing applicants who applied for admission the earliest.
  4. Residential communities consist of 16 unique residence halls and one apartment complex.
  5. Residence halls are occupied by students of all ages and class standings and no particular hall is designated for freshmen. Birnam Wood apartment community is reserved for non-first-year students.
  6. Residential buildings accommodate both men and women, with one gender per room, suite, and bathroom.
  7. For students who prefer a non-gender-based room assignment, gender-inclusive areas are offered within Birnam Wood and Buchanan Towers.
  8. The majority of rooms on campus are doubles, but some residence halls also have singles and triples.
  9. Housing rates are based upon the student capacity of your room. Single rooms are the most expensive and triple rooms are the most economical.
  10. Your housing agreement is for the entire school year, but housing and meal plans are billed to your student account one quarter at a time.
  11. A contract breakage fee is charged to students who terminate their occupancy for reasons other than withdrawal, graduation, internship or study abroad.
  12. Current residents who want to live on campus next year must apply for housing renewal. Renewal is guaranteed to a limited number of current residents, and eligible applicants have the privilege of choosing their own room, roommates, and suitemates.

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