First-year students can choose any residence hall. Most new students live in the Valley, followed by the Western Heights complex.
Western Heights Complex
Where first-year students live
Average building makeup
100% first-year students
30% of first-year students opt for a learning community
Learning community residents’ GPA’s average 0.19 HIGHER than their non-learning community peers
Learning community residents graduate in four years at nearly double the rate as students living off campus
Can I still live with a friend if they are not eligible for the learning community?
Absolutely! Just know that the person who matches the learning community concept will need to be the one to select the room due to the eligibility filters.
Transfer students can live anywhere other than Western Heights. Many choose the Shilling Transfer 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.
Residence hall students do not pick their room when they sign up for housing. Room selection comes later in the process.
Apartment residents choose their unit when they sign their housing contract.
More details are on our sign-up page.
Housing and 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, Housing offers Gender Inclusive Housing in both the residence halls and apartments.
Students requesting disability-related accommodations should contact:
Disability Services for Students
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5326
Phone: (269) 387-2116
TTY: (269) 387-2120
Fax: (269) 387-0633