Housing & Residence Life

Current Students

So you’re living on campus…

There’s a lot of information to know when you’re living on campus.  This page will help to put the things you’ll need in a convenient space to find it.

There are a variety of forms students living on campus may need to use from time to time, including Guest Visit Parental Permission Online forms, Housing Contract Cancellation Request forms, Disability Housing Request forms, and others.  Click on the FORMS icon to the left to reach that page.

If you are considering making a move, or where you’ll live in the future, here’s a quick link to the current costs for housing on campus.  Please be sure to take a look, because a room change may also change your bill for both your room and your meal plan.  Rates are calculated by the day when making a room change, based on the number of days in each room type.

Are you confused about what meal plans might be available to you?  Need to know if Sodexo can feed you even though you are gluten intolerant or have a tree-nut allergy?  Check out the dining services website by clicking on the icon.

Fall Room Selection

All room selection will be done online, utilizing The Housing Director (THD) software from Adirondack Solutions.  This system is also in use at Central, Eastern, and Southern, and we’re happy to have joined with them in utilizing a system that will make everything easier for you!

Although room selection is completed for the fall for current students, here's the outline for the general process:

  1. Pay your housing deposit by March 20th. Once you’ve paid your deposit;
  2. Wait 6-12 hours. Once that time has passed, log in to the Housing Portal on the FORMS page of the Housing website.  The Housing Portal is the top left button on the page.  (You can also click the Room Selection button to the left to be taken there now.)
  3. The Housing Portal link will deliver you to a Self-Service THD page.  There, you will be able to log in and begin the process there by selecting…
  4. Applications (on the left menu).  This will open your application.  Complete the application, making sure to fill in all of the required information. Don't wait to the last minute!  Applications must be completed by the end of the day on March 22nd (*If you don't see the left menu, look for the ≡ button near the top left, click it, and the left menu will appear).
  5. You will then be able to return to the main menu page, and may start to identify the roommate(s) you’d like to live with.
    1. Please NOTE:  You will ONLY be able to select the roommate(s) of your choice if they have already deposited and completed their application(s), but you can take time to remind them, and then go back in to add them to your request once they’ve completed their own deposit(s) and application(s).
  6. You’ll receive further instructions for the actual room selection process.  Please be sure to check your email regularly.
  7. Be patient!  There are loads of things behind the scenes to prepare for all of this, and lots of questions you may have.  We’ll work it all out, and we do think you’ll love the greater flexibility this system will give you.

Please let us know if you have questions.

Gender Neutral Housing

WCSU offers all students the option of selecting gender neutral housing.  Gender neutral housing refers to a housing option in which two or more students mutually agree to share a multiple-occupancy bedroom, suite, or apartment without regard to the gender of the occupants.

Gender-neutral housing is an option for any continuing student wishing to choose their roommate(s) regardless of gender, and live in rooms, suites and apartments without a gender designation. Only students who choose to live in gender-neutral assignments will be assigned to these spaces.  Gender Neutral Housing is not exclusive to LGBTQ+ students.  Housing & Residence Life will, however, work with transgender and non-binary students, including freshmen, on an individual basis to find suitable accommodations.

Students may select gender-neutral rooms, suites, and apartments if they have selected to participate in Gender-Neutral Housing when asked in their Student Housing Application. We encourage roommates to communicate with each other about their plans to avoid any confusion.

Forget what you brought to campus, or confused about what you might need for a new room at the Westside?  Click the icon to the left for more info.

There are many ways to be involved at WCSU, and many of those are found in Housing & Residence Life.  Some are volunteer (like Hall Council), and others may pay (like Info Desk staff).  Take a look by clicking the icon to the left.

Sometimes you don’t know or may forget the many policies and procedures we expect you to follow on campus.  Take a minute to review our Residence Life Guide by clicking the icon to the left.

There are usually a lot more questions students have, and many of them can be answered here, on our FAQ page.  One of the most important features is a list of dates and times that the buildings will be opened and closed during the year for breaks or other reasons.  Take a look at this page if you have questions we haven’t answered here.

Due Dates

As things become due (like housing deposits, job applications, or requests to stay on campus during breaks, etc.), check out this area for information on those due dates.

In-Semester Room Change

From the time assignments are made until the end of the first two weeks of the semester, students may not request a room change.  However, once we reach the first day of classes, you may put in your request to move if you want to be considered for a room switch.

You may do this by emailing your building’s resident director to inform him or her of your desire to change rooms.  If you know the student you wish to live with, be sure to give his/her name to the RD.  Your friend may also want to let the RD know that they’d like you to move in with them as well.  If you are looking to change buildings, you’ll want to email both your current RD and the RD of the building you’d like to move to.

Generally, room changes are permitted from the second to the 6th week of the semester.  Room changes may occur outside of that time, but those are almost always for emergency or occupancy reasons as determined by the housing office.

Please be aware that, if you have a space in your room, it is available for others to move into.  We try very hard to give you notice that someone is coming in, but regardless, we expect and hope that you will welcome them and get to know them.

Similarly, if you are hoping to have a friend move into your room, it’s not a good idea to make your roommate uncomfortable and feel like they have to move out.  We will not force anyone from their assigned space – it must be agreed upon by your roommate.