University Residences


Applying for Housing

What is my Housing Priority Date?

New students: The date your admission application for WWU was received.

Current students returning from off-campus or those who have never lived on campus: The date we receive your housing application.

Non-Western students who attend an area college: The date your housing application is considered complete. See our website for requirements. Non-Western students are housed on a space available basis.

Current residents: Keep your original priority date.

How does Western's housing assignment process work?

How we assign:

    1. First, we give priority consideration to new students who applied for housing and paid their housing deposit on time.

    2. Then, we rank students in the order they applied for admission to Western, giving the highest priority to those who applied the earliest. Your housing priority date is the day your admission application was received.

    3. Finally, we assign rooms according to roommate pairs and housing preferences. If none of your preferences are available, we will place you where space is open. About 75% of incoming freshmen end up in one of their preferences.

Am I guaranteed housing?

Historically we have been able to guarantee housing to newly admitted Western students who have paid their Admissions Enrollment Fee, submitted a request for housing before May 1, and paid their Housing Deposit by June 15.

What is my current housing status?

MyHousing is the best tool to find out where you are in the housing process. Track your status regularly for changes, to be sure your application has been submitted, your deposit and signature form have been received, etc.

Can I change my housing preferences after applying for housing?

You may change your building preferences at any time before June 15 by resubmitting the online housing application. Your previous answers will populate in the application; you can simply change and resubmit. Your most recent submission will replace all previous versions without affecting your priority date.

Requests to change building preferences after June 15 are not guaranteed.

How do I know which buildings are best for me?

Some suggestions from assignments staff, students and parents are:

  • Visit our University Residences online tour to read about the different halls.

  • Visit the campus if you can. Daily campus tours are available through our Admission's Office.

  • Freshmen live in every Residence Hall on campus.

  • The residential experience is similar in every community; the most important ingredient is you.

  • If you have questions contact us at or 360-650-6565

Can I request a single room?

A small number of rooms designed for single occupancy are available in some residence halls, at a higher rate. Because of the small number, it is not as common to be assigned a single room, especially for incoming students. You may select 'single room any residence hall' as one of your building preferences when applying for housing.

Once on campus you may request to transfer to a single room, if one becomes available, by contacting the Resident Director of your building.

When do I find out my housing assignment?

Assignments for students who have been Accepted to Western and paid the $250 Admissions Enrollment Fee, applied for Housing online before the priority deadline, received their Housing Agreement, and paid their $200 Housing Security Deposit (not to be confused with the new student enrollment fee) by the deposit deadline will begin:




Assignments will be viewable online at myHousing.

What does Temporary Assignment mean?

Most students incoming for Fall receive their room assignments on August 1 or September 6; however,some students who applied for admission after January 1, applied for housing after May 1, or paid the housing deposit after June 15 may be assigned to share a room with a Resident Advisor (RA) for the first few weeks of the quarter, receiving permanent rooms as vacancies emerge from cancellations.

Do you have Family or Graduate Student Housing?

Apartments for students with dependents are offered at Birnam Wood on a space-available basis. For information about availability contact

Graduate students who choose to live on campus often select the Birnam Wood Apartments as a building preference, as they are a good alternative to Residence Hall living.

Alternatively, you may check with your department who may have information (i.e., sharing a space off campus with someone in your graduate program). If you plan to look off campus for housing, try the following resources:

Will Financial Aid cover my Housing Deposit?

Students are directly responsible for their Housing Deposit (just like the Admissions Enrollment Fee); please contact our housing cashier at 360-650-3744 for more information.

Dates & Deadlines

When is my Housing Application due?

You are eligible to apply for housing if the University has offered you admission, or if you are currently an active continuing student. Non-matriculated students and community college students are eligible for housing on a space available basis.

Apply online for housing, for the term you wish move to campus; have your WWU ID number handy. Each application has an active phase, before and after which the application is closed. The date you initiate your housing application is a factor we consider when offering and assigning space.

Application Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall Quarter: MAY 1
  • Winter Quarter: DECEMBER 1
  • Spring Quarter: MARCH 1

When is my Housing Deposit due?

When you receive your Housing Agreement, you will know your housing application has been processed and your housing deposit is ready to pay. Agreements are sent by US Mail and posted in myHousing. Expect to receive your housing agreement after you have confirmed your admission or after May 21, whichever is later. Updates and reminders are sent to your student email address, so be sure to activate your Universal Account and read your MyWestern email.

Fall Housing Deposits due June 15.

Students Admitted for Winter or Spring:
  • Winter Quarter: Deposits due December 15
  • Spring Quarter: Deposits due March 15

When are my Housing Payments due?

Payments for room & board are due on the first day of classes each quarter. Your quarterly payment is based on your assignment; rate sheets and payment schedule can be found online.

Is there a deadline to cancel my housing?

If cancelling prior to arrival, submit cancellation in person at Edens Hall 103, or by e-mail to

Fall Quarter Arrival:

Returning Residents
  • April 30: Cancellation deadline for full $200 Housing Deposit refund
  • May 31: Cancellation deadline for half $200 Housing Deposit refund
Incoming Residents
  • June 30: Cancellation deadline for full $200 Housing Deposit refund
  • August 31: Cancellation deadline for half $200 Housing Deposit refund

Winter and Spring Quarter Arrival:
  • No refunds given for cancellations made after the housing deposit has been paid


What is a Triple Room?

Triple rooms are available in select halls, and house three students in a room together at a lower rate.

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