Student Center, Housing and Dining Planning

  • New South Neighborhood architectural concept

    The innovative apartment-style housing complex, Arcadia Flats, is opening fall 2020 at WMU.

  • Phase one of the WMU Student Center is projected to open fall 2021.

  • High quality living facilities support student engagement, retention and degree completion.

  • Exterior of Valley Dining Center at night

    The Valley Dining Center positively impacts student life in the Valley Residential Neighborhood.

South Neighborhood

Recruitment and retention in the South Residential Neighborhood continues to be an overarching goal for master planning. Options that will provide a broader scope of choices for all WMU students in supportive living environments are under development.

Kick-off Event

Please join us for a Hilltop Village celebration to mark major milestones on Tuesday, Sept. 10. A beam signing and topping out ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Arcadia Flats, and a groundbreaking event will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Student Center construction gate near the Sangren Pedestrian Mall.

New Housing

The newest WMU housing complex, Arcadia Flats, is planned to open fall 2020 in the South Residential Neighborhood. Located near the academic core of campus, the innovative apartment-style housing will offer multiple living styles for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students.

New Student Center

The distinctive new Student Center will be a diverse central gathering point for the entire campus community with a mosaic of interconnected spaces and customer-oriented retail options. The first phase projected to open fall 2021, includes the first two floors containing most of the student center functions. The third floor facilities and dining center will come online fall 2022 during phase two of opening.

New Dining

Located in the Student Center, new Dining retail and food service operations will provide a variety of options, service styles and seating choices in a welcoming and inclusive environment. The third floor residential dining center will come online during phase two of opening for fall 2022.

For additional information about projects planned for the South Neighborhood, visit the Capital Projects web pages:

Housing and Dining Master Plan (HDMP)Fund 41 IPB Group

Residence Life and Dining Services operations are committed to adding value to the WMU student experience, while containing costs so that access to higher education is attainable and affordable. As self-operated auxiliary units, these self-supporting functions do not receive tuition revenue or state funds. Reporting through the Vice President for Student Affairs, they maintain a commitment to student development and recognize that a safe, structured and engaging living experience enhances academic success.

PROJECT UPDATES

Recent Accomplishments

New Valley Dining Center video

Valley Dining Center

  • Opened Sept. 1, 2016 overlooking Goldsworth Valley pond
  • Offering nine micro-restaurants with a variety of healthy options
  • Awarded LEED Gold certification

Western Heights

  • Innovative housing complex opened fall Western Heights Thank You video2015
  • Designed for community engagement and student success

Stadium Drive Apartments

  • Re-opened fall 2016
  • Graduate student units included

Western View

  • Phase II and community center opened fall 2013
  • The new complex opened fall 2011

Plaza Café

  • Major renovation fall 2011

Bistro3 Dining

  • Opened fall 2010

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