The housing application invites you to select up to six housing preferences from more than 50 unique options. Assignment priority is given to students who apply for admission the earliest and meet the housing deadlines.
Western offers 16 unique residence halls in a variety of sizes, architectural styles and vintages. Every hall is coeducational with one gender per room, suite, wing or floor. See Gender-Inclusive Areas below for mixed-gender rooms and suites.
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 design capacity of your room: single rooms are the most expensive and triple rooms are the most economical.
Apartment living for non-freshmen 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. For married students or students with dependents, two-bedroom apartments are offered on a space-available basis; contact Housing@wwu.edu for rates and availability.
Alcohol-free areas are intended for students (regardless of age) who want a living environment that supports an alcohol-free lifestyle. Residents in alcohol-free areas sign a contract agreeing to support and maintain an alcohol-free lifestyle. Several alcohol-free areas are available across campus. Students of legal drinking age (21) are allowed to possess and consume alcoholic beverages within their room unless underage students are present, or they live in a designated alcohol-free area.
Substance Free housing provides students with a supportive living and learning environment where community members commit to living a substance free lifestyle. The Substance Free community was established to promote a lifestyle free of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other illegal substances. Substance Free strives to foster a community of respect and understanding, while maintaining an environment that promotes the health and well-being of its members in all aspects of life. Substance Free offers a social network for students who choose to be substance free, encouraging students to build lasting, healthy relationships with fellow community members.
Every residence hall has daily quiet hours, but stack one of Highland Hall has an additional emphasis on quiet. Residents in Highland Hall (rooms 101-124) sign a contract agreeing to maintain and support a quiet living environment.
University Residences provides gender-inclusive housing (GIH) for students wanting a room assignment that is not based upon gender. Gender-inclusive rooms are currently located within Birnam Wood (stack 3) and Buchanan Towers (floor 2) and make it possible for students of differing genders to be roommates and suitemates. Gender-inclusive housing offers a supportive living environment for students whose gender identity and/or gender expression does not conform to the gender binary. Allies are also welcome and might include students who have gender nonconforming friends or LGBT family members, or who have been significantly involved in gender justice activism. To ensure residents in GIH rooms understand the purpose of GIH, all students wanting to live in gender-inclusive housing must send a written request to ResLife@wwu.edu in conjunction with their housing application. Space is limited and requests are considered on a rolling basis.
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!
For students enrolled in Fairhaven College, the Fairhaven College Community offers an optional living-learning experience in stack 11 of the Fairhaven Complex. Students benefit from living among a group that shares academic goals and interests, where residential programs and activities complement the classroom. To ensure successful placement in the Fairhaven College Community, apply to Fairhaven on time and select the Fairhaven College Community in your housing application.
Western offers residential experiences for students seeking exposure to other cultures, languages and perspectives.
Available exclusively to freshmen arriving fall quarter, the Viking Launch program gives participants a focused head-start on college life at Western. Students arrive on campus seven days early for an intensive week of study and preparation for a successful first year. Residence 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.