Living on campus is more than having a place to eat and sleep. It is about finding a home, making friends, and achieving academic success in a supportive environment. WMU offers choices and opportunities to tailor your residential experience. Housing locations, building population, learning communities and amenities vary in each building, so you can pick what best meets your interests and needs.
First-year students: The residence halls are vibrant communities full of active, diverse people and staff committed to easing the transition to college. A third of our students opt for a learning community, which is a chance to live with others who have similar interests or academic programs.
Transfer students: Choose from the residence halls, our transfer learning community or a WMU apartment. Our apartments provide independent living with the convenience of bring right on campus. Click here for apartment eligibility.
Living with a roommate is just one of many new experiences waiting for you at college. They are someone with whom you can share not only your room, but your WMU experience.
At WMU, you can live with a friend or meet someone new. For those meeting someone new, you can use our Roommate Finder to search for someone with similar interests, living habits, and social habits. We will email you up to 20 student matches and their WMU email addresses so you can reach out and chat.
For those who want to live with a friend, both parties need to have a completed housing contract by Memorial Day.
It takes everyone doing their part when it comes to personal safety, but there are several security measures in place in the residence halls.
- Front doors and doors leading to the residential hallways are always locked. Only hall residents or escorted guests can access the building.
- Security cameras are in all public spaces and elevators.
- Residence hall staff is visible throughout the hall and on call nightly.
- Staff receive extensive emergency response training and have a close relationship with campus police.
Staff who have your back
Our student and professional staff are committed to supporting residents in their transition to life at WMU in and out of the classroom. The person you will interact with the most is the Resident Assistant who lives on your residence hall floor or Resident Manager who lives in your apartment complex. RAs and RMs are upper-level students who have skills in connecting with others and listening to concerns, as well as an extensive knowledge of campus services. They create a community through activities, assisting students with personal and academic concerns, and helping in emergency situations. RAs and RMs are the first person you go to for questions, guidance and involvement in hall activities.
Residence hall process
Reserve a space: Complete a housing contract to reserve a space for fall. Since you choose your own room, you do not need to list building preferences. You will create your roommate profile, choose if you want to opt in to the roommate search feature, and sign the contract. Completed contracts are randomized for when students choose their room in June, so there is no date priority. Sign-up happens in the Housing Portal.
Select a roommate: For those who want to find a roommate, you can use our Roommate Finder to search by lifestyle, interest and academic college. We will give you up to 20 matches and their WMU emails so you can reach out and chat. When you find someone or have a friend you already plan to live with, create Roommate Group to link you in our system. That is how you will be able to choose a room together in June.
Choose your room: In June, you will have an assigned date and time to choose your hall, room and meal plan. Use the filters to find learning communities, or use the hall and floor maps to see open rooms. Once you claim your bed, you will select your meal plan. A booklet highlighting all the halls, learning communities and meal plans will be mailed in April.
Students who sign up during the summer will receive directions on choosing their room within three weeks of signing their contract.
Residence hall timeline
10 a.m. EST Feb. 3, 2023
Housing sign up begins.
April 3, 2023
Roommate Finder Goes Live
May 30, 2023
Notified of the day and time you are assigned to choose your hall, room and meal plan.
June 5, 2025
Room selection begins