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.
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. Freshmen 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.
University Residences is committed to supporting the University’s educational purpose and mission, and works in partnership with disAbility Resources for Students to provide students access to all levels of the residential experience. Students requiring a special housing assignment due to a disability or other condition must request reasonable accommodation to ensure appropriate placement. Typical placement for students with special needs often involves a single room, wheelchair access, visual alarms, kitchenette or special furnishings.
While pets are prohibited in Western’s residential buildings, 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 disAbility Resources for Students.