Which Residence Hall is Best For You?

Students in residence hallWestern Michigan University has 10 residence halls to choose from. Each one has something unique to offer with different room features, living options or learning communities.  

Before you make a decision, you will want to explore the housing options and compare amenities. Be sure to sign up early for the best selection.  

Where on campus do you want to live?  

There are five housing areas where residence halls, WMU apartments and dining facilities are located. Each area has distinctive features that draw on the surrounding environments. Your choice may depend on the location of your classes or the proximity to computer labs, the library, food and recreation.

Do you have a special interest?   

WMU offers several learning communities that are a great way to make friends and connect with other students who share your personal or educational interests.

Where do most first-year students live?

First-year students can live in any residence hall except Shilling Hall, which is designated for transfer students, or the university apartments, which are for upper-level students.  Most first-year students live in the Valley, followed by the Western Heights complex.

Traditional halls are charged a flat rate, so most halls are the same price. What will differentiate your cost is if you chose a single room, the meal plan you choose, or if you opt to live in the Western Heights complex.

What are the choices for transfer students?  

Transfer students can live anywhere other than Western Heights. Many choose Shilling Hall, a transfer learning community. The community is designed to ease your transition to WMU by hosting activities and social events that focus on connecting residents with other students, the campus and Kalamazoo.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Residence Life is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive experience for all students. Recognizing that single-gender housing may not be appropriate or comfortable for everyone, Residence Life offers Gender Inclusive Housing in both the residence halls and apartments.

Need help?  

If you still have questions, we’ll be happy to go over your housing options with you. Please contact us online or call Residence Life at (269) 387-4735.