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Hall-Archer-Pickard East

Hall-Archer-Pickard West


The next generation of university living

The newest freshmen-focused residence hall complex is open to house students on main campus. The innovative living concept offers environmentally conscious features, socialization through the purposeful use of public areas and abundant green space, making a positive impact on student life. The new housing complex introduces students to the next generation of university living. 

The design, which is the first of its type in Michigan, is intended to build multiple levels of community engagement and facilitate academic success. Each living area is arranged into houses of 30-35 students on each floor with a kitchen and study area, plus centrally private bathrooms maintained by staff. Central community spaces on four levels feature laundry and study areas, an open-air terrace, plus entertainment and game rooms.

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Room layout showing two beds and two desks

Dimensions: 11 feet 1 inch wide, 17 feet 4 inches long
Room sizes vary. Closets average 3 feet 6 inches wide by 2 feet 2 inches deep.

Hall highlights

  • Air conditioned
  • Card access system for interior and exterior doors
  • Coed floors with male and female houses (3 houses per floor; houses are single-gender)
  • Centrally located semi-private bathrooms
  • Kitchen area with each house
  • Western Heights laundry included
  • Open-air terrace
  • Parking nearby

Walking time to:

  • Valley Dining Center - 8 minutes
  • Bernhard Center - 1 minute
  • Rec Center - 4 minutes
  • Waldo Library - 7 minutes

The room

Two-person room. Room sizes and configurations vary

Furniture provided

  • Two beds and mattresses—bunkable, loftable (kit in room)
  • Two desks
  • Two chairs
  • Two single-drawer stackers (26”Wx22”Dx14”H)
  • One recycling bin

Housing contract

Housing rates are set by the WMU Board of Trustees. The Western Heights housing contract is for a full academic year and requires a residence hall meal plan.


Hall director: Alexandria Nixon
Graduate assistant: Idonis Curtis
Graduate assistant: Julia Engel

Hall-Archer-Pickard East hall office phone: (269) 387-4777
Hall-Archer-Pickard West hall office phone: (269) 387-6652
Hall-Archer-Pickard East desk phone: (269) 387-4779
Hall-Archer-Pickard West desk phone: (269) 387-6650