Student Center, Housing and Dining Planning

  • New South Neighborhood architectural concept

    Arcadia Flats is an innovative apartment-style housing complex under construction in the Hilltop Village.

  • The new WMU Student Center is projected to open in 2022 at the heart of campus.

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

  • Exterior of Valley Dining Center at night

    The Valley Dining Center positively impacts students living in the Valley residence halls and apartments.


Recruitment and retention in Hilltop Village 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.

New Housing

The opening of the newest WMU housing complex, Arcadia Flats, will be delayed due to construction restrictions put in place by the state of Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 facility includes a host of student-focused amenities and a full-service dining center on the third floor.

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 additional information about projects planned for Hilltop Village, 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.


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

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