Housing Fast Facts

Residence Life is about more than a place to sleep. We provide a safe and supportive environment that gives students a foundation for success and a place to call home. Students can choose a variety of housing options from traditional residence halls to fully equipped apartments.

Who are our students?

  • One in four Western Michigan University students live on campus.
  • 91 percent of first-year students live in the residence halls.
  • One in three students in the residence halls are upper-level students.
  • One in three residence hall students are in a Living Learning Community.
  • An average of 32 percent of residence hall students return for another year in the halls, and the percent grows annually.
  • 24 percent of apartment residents are international students (representing 44 countries in 2014).

What housing options exist?

  • 13 residence halls.
    • New Western Heights residence halls opened 2015.
    • Eight with suites.
    • Three with community baths.
    • One with private bathrooms (junior status or 21+).
    • One with semi-private bathrooms.
    • First-year students can live in all but three halls.
  • Three apartment complexes.
    • One, two, three or four bedroom units.
    • Semester-by-semester lease or 12-month contract (varies by complex).
    • Furnished or unfurnished options.
    • Family housing available.
  • One residence hall with a semester contract option (residents must be 21+).
  • 15 Living Learning Community options, nine with an academic college connection.
  • A Master Plan that includes renovation and new construction for housing and dining at WMU.

Can where you live really impact your grades?

Absolutely! When students live on campus, they are not only closer to academic supports like the library or Writing Center, but they have a staff invested in their academic success.

  • Three Student Success Centers in the residence halls offer tutoring 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., an average of five nights a week.
  • Four academic colleges and Exploratory Advising have on-site offices or advising in the residence halls.
  • Students who receive a single room and have a 3.25 cumulative GPA at the end of the spring semester receive a discounted rate the following fall (a savings of up to $2,600 annually).
  • 54 percent of fall 2014 residence hall students had a 3.0 or higher fall semester GPA.
  • WMU retention rates for on-campus students average eight percent higher from year one to year two compared to off-campus students.
  • Academic learning community students tend to have average higher term GPAs than their non-learning community peers.
  • For the last three years, the average term GPA of residence halls student staff is 3.30.