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Welcome! Whether you’re joining us this fall or getting a head start on exploring colleges, you’ve made a great choice with WMU. Most first-year students choose the convenience and support of living in the residence halls while making the transition to university life. Living in the halls is the best way to get the total campus experience, and it offers students an opportunity to make friendships that will last a lifetime. Plus, an outstanding team of experienced professionals is there to help answer questions and provide support when you need us.

WMU offers choices and opportunities to tailor your residential experience. Housing options range from traditional residence halls to suites to houses with semi-private bathrooms. Hall locations, building population, learning communities and amenities vary in each building, so you can pick what best meets your interests and needs.

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Valley Neighborhood

Valley 3 building.

The Valley Residential Neighborhood is a mix of first-year and upper-level students. Rooms in the large, coed halls are suites, meaning two student rooms share a connecting bathroom. The neighborhood is also home to a majority of the learning communities. Picturesque, peaceful setting close to intramural fields, Goldsworth Valley Pond, and business and education colleges.

Center Neighborhood

Western Heights East and West.

The Center Residential Neighborhood consists of mostly first-year students. Residents live in single sex houses or floors in coed halls. Henry Hall students share community bathrooms on each floor. Western Heights complex has centrally private bathrooms in each house. Close to the Bernhard Center, Student Recreation Center and Sangren Hall.

South Neighborhood

Burnhams exterior.

The South Residential Neighborhood is a mix of first-year and upper-level students, and halls feature larger rooms and smaller communities. Burnhams and Draper/Siedschlag halls are single-sex floors with community bathrooms. Davis, French and Zimmerman halls are for upper-level and nontraditional students. Floors are coed, and rooms are suites or have a private bathroom. Close to academic buildings, Waldo Library, Bernhard Center, Student Recreation Center and Read Fieldhouse.

Where first-year students live

 53% live in the Valley, 35% live in the Heights, 22% live in all other halls.

Living Learning Communities

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Room types and furniture

Most rooms on campus are double rooms that two residents will share. Each room comes with the following:

  • Bed per person
  • Two desks
  • Two desk chairs
  • Dresser (type varies by hall)
  • Recycling bin
  • Suites and Davis Hall: bathroom trash can, shower curtain


All halls but Burnhams, Draper and Siedschlag have loftable beds. The extended headboard and footboard, support rail and safety rails are provided in your room for you to set up.

  • Lofts can be set to any height between 18 inches from the floor to greater than 5 feet in the adjustable track.
  • Standard futons that are 80 inches or less in width fit under the lofts.
Student sitting on futon under loft, reading on her computer.

Single Rooms

Upper-level students have priority for single rooms, but first-year students may select them as space is available. At WMU, a single room is a two-person room converted to a single occupancy room by removing the extra bed. All additional furniture must remain in the room.

  • A guaranteed single is an architecturally smaller room designed for one occupant.
  • Singles are available in all halls with the exception of Western Heights.
  • Singles are a higher cost than a traditional double room.
  • Diagrams of single room layouts in a variety of halls are available for viewing.

Triple rooms

A limited number of larger rooms designed for three people are in the Burnhams, Draper, Henry, French, Siedschlag and Zimmerman halls. Upper-level students have priority for these spaces. There are three desks and three chairs in a triple.


Quads are end rooms in the Burnhams, Draper and Siedschlag halls. Two double rooms flank either side of an entry room, and each bedroom has its own key.

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Living with a roommate is just one of many new experiences waiting for you at college. They are someone with whom you can share not only your room, but your WMU experience.

Successful roommate relationships are the result of good communication, understanding and compromise. You may become best friends with your roommate, or you may just be compatible sharing a living space. Take the time at the beginning to get to know each other. Even if your roommate is someone you know, there is a difference between being friends and living together. Your willingness to be a good roommate will greatly increase your odds of a positive roommate relationship.

Choosing a roommate

The housing application has questions about your living habits and interests. We recommend answering the lifestyle questions, especially the ones about sleeping habits, thinking about how you are on weekends. In college, classes don’t start and end the same time every day of the week. Will you still get up early if your first class is at 11 a.m.?

When you answer the roommate questions, you will see an opt-in box to be in a roommate search feature. Starting 10 a.m. EST April 2, those who opt in can log into the “Find a Roommate” section of the housing portal to search for people by answers to the lifestyle questions, personal interests or their academic college. The report will give you 20 people and their WMU email address so you can reach out to say hi and introduce yourself.

Once you’ve found a roommate, one of you will create a Roommate Group. Roommate Groups are how you and your roommate will get into the same room when you pick a hall and room in June.

For those who want to live with a friend, both parties need to have a completed housing application by June 1.

What makes the best roommate?

45% of WMU students say living with someone with similar living habits makes the best roommate match. Similar interests came in second at 25%.

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