Moving In 2018

The information below is outlined in the booklet Moving In and mailed to students at their home address. Students are strongly encouraged to share this information with everyone involved in the moving-in process, including parents, guardians or family members.

Fall 2018

  • Opening Day for Housing is Sunday, September 23. Check-in stations are open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Meal service begins with Sunday dinner at 5. Your room assignment and personalized arrival instructions will be posted in MyHousing on August 1 or early September.
  • If you are involved in a program or activity that requires you arrive earlier than prescribed, please follow your program’s arrival instructions.
  • If you are a student employee on campus and your job requires you arrive early, please follow your employer’s instructions.
  • If you are coming from another state or country or you need to arrive earlier than prescribed, please follow the instructions for early arrival.

Winter 2019

  • Residential buildings open for arrival: Sunday, January 6 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Check in at the front desk of your community with official picture ID.
  • If you plan to arrive later than January 6, please contact Housing@wwu.edu for check-in instructions.

Spring 2019

  • Residential buildings open for arrival: Sunday, March 31 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Check in at the front desk of your community with official picture ID.
  • If you plan to arrive later than March 31, please contact Housing@wwu.edu for check-in instructions.

Essential Checklist

  1. Phone: cell phone, or land-line telephone with service activation in your room.
  2. Clothing: Average winter temperatures are 32-50ºF and campus attire is casual; plan for rain, snow and sun; bring warm layers, sensible shoes, rainproof jacket with hood, warm coat, waterproof boots, scarf, hat, gloves.
  3. Toiletries: shower caddy, bathroom supplies, blow dryer, shaving and hair products.
  4. First Aid: prescription medications, pain reliever, cold remedies, facial tissue, thermometer, antacid, allergy medicine.
  5. Bedding: extra-long twin sheets, mattress pad or topper, pillows, blankets, comforter, sleeping bag.
  6. Towels: bath towels, hand towels, dish towels, paper towels, cleaning rags.
  7. Laundry gear: laundry bag, hamper or basket, detergent, dryer sheets, hangers.
  8. School supplies: alarm clock, pens, pencils, notebook, stapler, calculator, USB drive, backpack or book bag.
  9. Media: books, music, DVDs, video games, board games, journal, scrapbook.
  10. Security items: keychain or lanyard, fireproof lockbox or locking storage chest.
  11. Environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies: mini vac or broom, disinfectant wipes, spray cleaner, bathroom cleaner, sponge, dish soap.
  12. Emergency kit: rechargeable flashlight, three days of water, energy bars, whistle, dust mask, thermal blanket, first aid kit, etc.

Resident Favorites

  • Approved appliances: electric teakettles, coffee makers, blenders, electric fans, air purifiers, rice cookers, microwave ovens up to 900w, mini-fridges no larger than 4.5 cubic feet.
  • Organizers and decorations: personal memorabilia, posters, poster tape, corkboard, whiteboard and markers, lamps, flameless candles, storage bins, throw pillows, compact comfy chair, storage ottoman, over-door shoe bag.
  • Personal technology: laptop, tablet or desktop computer, laptop cable lock, USB-connected printer, game console, TV with a QAM tuner and coaxial cable, fire-safe surge protector.
  • Snacks and beverages, food storage containers, zip-close plastic bags, mugs, plastic dishware, eating utensils, can opener.
  • Half-inch socket wrench for bunking or lofting your bed; not needed in Buchanan Towers, BT East, Beta, Gamma, or Fairhaven stacks 11 and 12.
  • Personal documents required for employment, such as passport, state drivers license or ID, Social Security card, birth certificate, etc.

What Not to Bring

See the prohibited items in the Residential Community Standards.

Feel free to use your phone to navigate to Bellingham. But once here please follow our directions for freeway exit and navigation to campus. This will help you arrive to your designated building and avoid traffic congestion.

To North Campus

Northbound on Interstate 5

  1. Take Exit 253 (Lakeway Dr)
  2. Turn right onto King St
  3. Turn right onto Lakeway Dr
  4. Continue on Lakeway Dr for .5 miles
  5. Bear right onto E Holly St
  6. Turn left onto Billy Frank Jr. St
  7. Continue on Billy Frank Jr. St for .5 miles
  8. Follow signs to your building’s staging area

Southbound on Interstate 5

  1. Take Exit 253 (Lakeway Dr)
  2. Turn right onto Lakeway Dr
  3. Continue on Lakeway Dr for .3 miles
  4. Bear right onto E Holly St
  5. Turn left onto Billy Frank Jr. St
  6. Continue on Billy Frank Jr. St for .5 miles
  7. Follow signs to your building’s staging area

To Ridgeway Complex

Northbound on Interstate 5

  1. Take Exit 252 (Samish Way, W Wash University)
  2. Turn left at stop sign onto Samish Wy
  3. Turn left at light onto S Samish Wy
  4. Turn left at light onto Bill McDonald Pkwy
  5. Continue on Bill McDonald Pkwy for 1 mile
  6. Follow signs to your building’s staging area

Southbound on Interstate 5

  1. Take Exit 252 (Samish Way, W Wash University)
  2. Turn right onto Samish Wy
  3. Turn left at next light onto Bill McDonald Pkwy
  4. Continue on Bill McDonald Pkwy for 1 mile
  5. Follow signs to your building’s staging area

To South Campus

Northbound on Interstate 5

  1. Take Exit 252 (Samish Way, W Wash University)
  2. Turn left at stop sign onto Samish Wy
  3. Turn left at light onto S Samish Wy
  4. Turn left at light onto Bill McDonald Pkwy
  5. Continue on Bill McDonald Pkwy for .5 miles to Birnam Wood
  6. Continue on Bill McDonald Pkwy for another .5 miles to Buchanan Towers and Buchanan Towers East
  7. Turn right onto S College Wy and follow signs to Fairhaven Residential Complex

Southbound on Interstate 5

  1. Take Exit 252 (Samish Way, W Wash University)
  2. Turn right onto Samish Wy
  3. Turn left at next light onto Bill McDonald Pkwy
  4. Continue on Bill McDonald Pkwy for .5 miles to Birnam Wood
  5. Continue on Bill McDonald Pkwy for another .5 miles to Buchanan Towers and Buchanan Towers East
  6. Turn right onto S College Wy and follow signs to Fairhaven Residential Complex
  1. Be prepared to wait in your vehicle for a turn unloading. You may want to bring a snack and something to read. Knowing your building name and room number will help with navigation.
  2. When it’s your turn to unload, staff will direct you to a loading zone near your building where you will have 20 minutes to unload your vehicle before it must be moved to an official parking lot.
  3. Follow the signs to your community’s check-in station and bring official picture ID such as your driver’s license, passport or Western ID card.
  4. After unloading, move your vehicle to an official parking lot. Free shuttle service is available on Sunday from points across campus and Sehome Village shopping center.

If you are coming from out of the state or country, it may be practical to ship some of your belongings in advance. To ensure proper delivery, address the package to yourself using the official format (see Mail & Deliveries). Do not send anything too soon: packages sent in advance should arrive no more than a week before you check in. When you arrive, your package will be available for pickup with picture ID at your community’s front desk.

Every room comes with WiFi, digital cable, window blinds, recycle bin and trash can. Standard furnishings for each student include extra-long twin bed with mattress, dresser or built-in drawers, closet or wardrobe for hanging clothes, desk and chair. Land-line telephone capability is available upon request for an extra quarterly fee.

Customizing Your Bed

  • Although your bed will be set up and ready for use when you arrive, you may have the option of customizing it into a loft, bunk or other configuration.
  • If you choose to configure your bed in one of the available options, you are responsible for resetting your bed before moving out.

Bed Parts

  • Certain housing assignments and configurations may require extra parts or tools, while other assignments are furnished with tool-free beds. See the available configurations in Bed Options Available below.
  • If your housing assignment and configuration requires bed parts, follow the signs in your community to check out bed parts and tools or visit Bed Parts Checkout.

Bed Size

  • Most beds on campus are size extra-long twin; however, a few buildings contain standard-length mattresses. To be prepared for any bed length, we recommend you bring extra-long sheets, which easily fit both standard and extra-long. One of our vendors, Residence Hall Linens, offers a wide array of extra-long bedding options.
  • Extensions for students 6'7 or taller may be available if requested in advance from Housing@wwu.edu.

Bed Safety

  • Do not try to reconfigure your bed alone; work with second person to safely and effectively set it up.
  • Students with lofted or bunked beds are strongly advised to use the available guardrails.
  • Bed ends on lofts and bunks are intended to be used as ladders for accessing the upper bed. If preferred, conventional ladders may be available for checkout.
  • See Community Standards for prohibited items related to bed setup.

Bed Options Available

Birnam Wood

Basic, single, high single, loft or bunks

Buchanan Towers

Basic single, high single, or bunks

Buchanan Towers East

Basic single, high single, bunks

Edens Hall

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

Edens North

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

Fairhaven Stacks 1, 3-6, and 8

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

Fairhaven Stacks 2, 7, 9-12

Basic single, high single, or bunks

Higginson Hall

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

Highland Hall

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

Mathes Hall

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

Nash Hall

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

Ridgeway Alpha

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

Ridgeway Beta

Basic single, high single, or bunks

Ridgeway Delta

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

Ridgeway Gamma

Basic single, high single, or bunks

Ridgeway Kappa

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

Ridgeway Omega

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

Ridgeway Sigma

Basic single, or check out extra parts for high single, loft or bunks

  • Connecting to the Internet: WiFi is provided throughout the residential buildings and is included in the cost of your room. When you move in, you will complete an online registration process using your universal login to initiate network access. Your computer must have current antivirus software and be patched with the latest security updates for your operating system. Please note that wireless routers are prohibited and unnecessary.
  • Digital Cable TV Service: Cable television service is provided in every residential room and included in the cost of your room. You must provide your own TV with QAM tuner and coaxial cable.
  • Telephone Service: For an additional $60 per quarter, local landline telephone service is available in your room by request. Service includes voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, call transfer and conference calling. You must provide your own telephone. For more information, contact the telecommunications department at 360-650-3600.
  • Residential Computer Labs: Located in each community, residential computer labs provide 24-hour technology access for residents. Labs are equipped with Microsoft Office, laser printing and Internet.
  • Tech Support: Residential Technology Services (ResTek) provides technology education and support by phone, email and room visits on issues concerning Internet connection, cable television, game consoles and copyright law. For more information, check out the ResTek website and follow them on social media.

Essential to the college experience is the process of creating your home away from home. Collaborate with your roommate(s) to rearrange the furniture, style the beds and share the space:

  1. The Housing Agreement holds you responsible for any damage that occurs to your room during your occupancy, so you should definitely avoid using pushpins, nails, screws, or other hole-producing methods for mounting things to your walls. For damage-free decorating and organizing, we recommend using removable adhesive products like Command hooks, Scotch poster tape, etc.
  2. See the Residential Community Standards for a list of prohibited items, including flammable materials and hazardous electronics.
  3. For tips and inspiration about organizing your room and personalizing your space, visit our Facebook and Pinterest page.
  4. Before you invest in a supply of snacks, dryer sheets or air fresheners, find out if your roommates or suitemates are sensitive to fragrance, peanuts or other allergens.
  5. When it comes to larger items that can be shared, make a plan with your roommate dividing responsibility for who will bring the mini-fridge, microwave, TV, etc.

As a member of the residential community, you should get familiar with the housekeeping standards so you know about laundry facilities, bathroom cleaning, maintenance requests, trash and recycling.

The condition of your room and furnishings will be documented on a Room Inventory Form shortly after you move in. When you move out, your room will be inspected and compared to its original condition. You are responsible for any costs associated with missing or damaged furniture or fixtures, abandoned property, or additional cleaning needed to restore your room to its original condition.

The University recognizes bicycles as a preferred form of transportation. Racks designated for bicycle storage are provided throughout campus and within each residential community. Bicycles stored anywhere else are subject to impound. To see the type of bike storage available in your building, check out the photos and floor plans.

If you plan to bring a car, truck, motorcycle or scooter, be sure to obtain a parking permit through University Parking Services. Cost is about $275 for the academic year and the fall application process begins in August. Most residential buildings have parking in proximity; however, it is not uncommon to be assigned to a distant lot. Priority is given to students with the most credits earned. For more information, visit Parking Services.

The University assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to your personal property from any cause. We strongly recommend you obtain insurance by verifying coverage under a parent’s homeowner’s policy or by purchasing student renters insurance such as that offered by College Student Insurance or National Student Services Inc.

Apartment living is offered to non-first-year students in Birnam Wood where 130 units accommodate 520 students.

  1. Every unit is furnished for four students and has two bedrooms, a full kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, and patio or balcony.
  2. The cost of your room includes WiFi, digital TV cable, utilities and use of the laundry facilities.
  3. Bedrooms include two extra-long twin beds (lofted), two desks with chairs, one dresser and one closet.
  4. Kitchen appliances include gas stove and oven, full size refrigerator, and garbage disposal. Residents must bring their own dishes, utensils, cookware and small appliances.
  5. Birnam Wood has onsite laundry facilities, bicycle storage, community building and staffed front desk.
  6. Birnam Wood residents are responsible for all of their own housekeeping, so bring your own environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies.
  7. Please note that parking permits are required in Birnam Wood and visitor parking is not available.