Housing and Dining Planning

  • Exterior of Valley Dining Center at night

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

  • Interior of the Valley Dining Center showing Blazin' Bronco and salad bar

    Nine micro-restaurants at Valley Dining Center serve a variety of on-trend and healthy options.

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

  • Students in lobby of Western Heights

    Western Heights features community living-learning environments designed for student success.

Housing and Dining master plan (HDMP)

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.

Currently the Valley Neighborhood planning team is beginning to re-envision the housing mix in the Valley Residential Neighborhood. The new concept under development includes living styles that complement the total housing mix with spaces for small and large group interactions, as well as academic connections that will cultivate learning and development. Offering environmentally conscious features and purposeful use of public areas to promote socialization, the innovative living concept will create multiple levels of community engagement.

The new housing vision will introduce students to the next generation of university living.

New Valley Residential Project

On Thursday, September 14, the planning team held a public presentation and input session to review the residence hall environments and the development of the Valley Residential Neighborhood. The design team, led by CanonDesign, presented an overview of the project goals and facilitated a group discussion with input from students, faculty and staff.

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

Western Heights

  • Innovative housing complex opened fall 2015
  • 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
  • New complex opened fall 2011

Plaza Café

  • Major renovation fall 2011

Bistro3 Dining

  • Opened fall 2010

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