Fall Housing FAQs

The University announced that the current expectation is for Fall 2020 to be a hybrid approach with some classes held in person.

What does that mean for housing? Take a look at the FAQs below for more information.

Housing is looking at a variety of options as we plan for fall quarter, including things like room type and size, number of residents, room selection vs. room assignments, virtual vs. in-person programming, and more.

We are working on the best way to get students into a great location. We may use student self-selection like we did last fall – or we may assign by our occupancy team, so make sure to select your three building choices when you apply.


Find out more about our buildings at Explore the Buildings.

While we don’t know exactly how eating in the dining hall is going to look in the fall, University Dining adopted several protocols to reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus. Dining Services will continue to work closely with local health officials to guide their best practices.

Housing is prepping for a multilayered response and will identify isolation space in the event a resident tests positive for coronavirus and quarantine space if a resident is exposed, but did not test positive.

Housing will continue to work closely with University, local, and state health departments to adhere to best practices and responses to the coronavirus.

While there is still much contingency planning underway, our current expectation is that fall quarter will start in-person as scheduled on September 23 with a hybrid approach that allows for a mix of online and in-person classes.

Housing is considered an essential function of the University and would remain open even during a complete closure.

Yes! Your student engagement experience will be different, but our Residence Life team is working hard to provide both virtual and in-person programming and meetings with live-in staff.

Our commitment to building community where you invest in academic success and personal growth remains a central component of our mission.

Housing is working with campus partners to find effective ways to limit exposure to residents and to ensure facility use is setup to encourage stay safe habits, like social distancing and wearing face coverings in enclosed spaces.

No. Even if you move out early in spring quarter, your renewal application will remain active. Please review the Housing Renewal changes below:

New Room Selection Deadline:  please select a room by April 15 or we will assume you want your Renewal application withdrawn.

New Renewal Cancellation DeadlineOnce you have chosen a room, you may cancel by June 15 with no financial penalty.

Renewal Cancellation received after:

  • June 15 result in a $400 fee
  • August 15 result in a $600 fee

Please note: renewal cancellation penalties are waived if:

  • Fall classes are online only
  • You do not attend Western in fall 2020