Welcome to Residential Living—university life at its fullest! While college is first
an academic experience, it’s also a social experience since you’re making a new home
and meeting new people—and WCU's residential communities are a great place to start.
Our mission is to provide clean, safe, and healthy living environments that enhance
and support the educational mission, goals and creed of the university. We strive
to create living and learning communities where students feel valued as individuals
and where diversity and fellowship with others can be celebrated. While maintaining
a high level of quality service, we also encourage and provide opportunities for personal
growth and development of character, leadership, honesty, respect, and pride.
Campus life is greatly enhanced by the comforts, conveniences, and experiences that
living in a residence hall provides. Studies of college and university students across
the country have shown that students who live on campus have higher graduation rates,
higher GPAs, and report a greater satisfaction with their collegiate experience.
Living in the residence halls is an integral part of your college career. On-campus
living provides students greater opportunities to become involved with the university,
to meet and develop relationships with a greater variety of people, and to participate
in a living experience that is unique to university life. Take advantage of the various
activities offered to students both in the residence halls and around campus. LEARN MORE
We’ve compiled common questions about residential living below, but we invite you
to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-227-7303, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
Is on-campus housing available at WCU?
Campus housing is available and guaranteed for all freshmen. Freshman students at
WCU will be required to live on-campus for two academic years. We also guarantee housing
for transfer students who are entering with less than 30 credit hours, and are under
21 years of age by August 1 for the fall entry, or December 1 for the spring entry.
Housing is available to upperclass students on a space available basis.
Am I required to live on campus?
Freshmen are required to live on campus for two academic years and new transfer students
for one academic year. The majority of freshmen students will participate in Western Carolina PEAKS, our transitional living-learning community. Living on campus means you will live
in the heart of all the activity on campus and everything will be easily accessible.
The residency requirement may be waived if the student is married or lives with parents
or legal guardians in Jackson County or any county contiguous to Jackson County provided
he/she completes a “Residency Exemption Form” and submits it to the Department of
Residential Living. More information on this requirement can be found in Policy #96. Transfer students matriculating with less than 30 credit hours, and are under 21
years of age by August 1 for the fall entry, or are under 21 years of age by December
1 for the spring entry are also required to live on campus.
How do I apply to live on campus?
Instructions to apply for campus housing can be found in your acceptance packet or
by visiting our online system and clicking on “New Student Instructions.”
How is my room assignment made?
Room assignments are made via our automated system. Our room assignments coordinator
makes every attempt to meet the requests of all residents. Assignment priority is
determined by the date on which both the non-refundable housing deposit and the Residence
Hall Agreement is received. If you request to live with a particular person, we will
make every effort to honor this request provided we also have received a request by
the preferred roommate. Both students wishing to room together must submit mutual
requests and each person must indicate a preference for the other through our online
When and how will I receive my room assignment?
Room assignments for the fall semester are made in mid to late July, and for the spring
semester they are made in mid to late December. All room assignments will be sent
to your Catamount email address.
Who is in charge of my residence hall?
The Area Coordinator (AC) has responsibility for the operation of his/her area of
buildings. Each AC is a full-time professional staff person with a master’s degree
in counseling, human services, or related area. The AC lives in one of the buildings
for which he/she has responsibility. His or her responsibilities include counseling/advising
residents, supervising staff, administering the disciplinary process for in-hall behavior
problems, coordinating residence hall programs and activities, promoting community
and leadership development, and administering paperwork and reports.
Who is in charge of the floor where I will live?
Each floor has a Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are upperclass residents who have been
through a thorough selection process and an intensive training program. The RA is
responsible for developing a community environment among the residents on the floor;
providing opportunities for interaction among the residents through programs and activities;
being a peer counselor/advisor; and monitoring and reporting behavior problems to
the Area Coordinator. The primary responsibility of the RA is to assist you.
What furnishings and amenities are available in the residence hall?
The residence life program at WCU offers many opportunities for personal growth and
development to residents through various recreational, social, educational, cultural,
developmental, and community service activities. In addition, you may take advantage
of many other services offered in the residence hall. Each residence hall room is
furnished with two loftable or bunkable beds (All beds are extra-long standard size),
two desks and desk chairs, two drawer sets and closets, desk lights, overhead lights,
window blinds, two Ethernet ports with high-speed internet connection. Digital cable
TV also is provided. Located in each residence hall are laundry facilities, which
are free to the resident; snack and drink vending machines; study lounges; and public
area lounges, equipped with wireless Internet.
Am I allowed to decorate my room?
We encourage you to personalize your room. You may bring small end tables, shelves,
television, refrigerator (of no more than 4.6 cubic feet or 5 amps), microwave oven,
plants, pillows, rugs/carpet, and wastepaper baskets. You are not permitted to paint
What should I bring to the residence hall?
- Refrigerator (4.5 cubic feet or = 5 amps)
- Microwave (= 800 watts)
- Surge protector
- Extra-long twin sheets, mattress pad, pillow and pillow cases
- Towels and washcloths
- Soap, toiletries, shower bucket
- Alarm clock
- Clothes hangers
- Laundry detergent (HE only)
- Laundry basket
- Iron/ironing board
- Waste basket
- Small recycling bin
- Sticky poster mounting gum (look-for-Poster Gum)
- Study supplies
- Sewing kit
- Can openers
- Bookshelf (free standing)
- Carpet or rug
- Decorative items (pictures, posters, etc.)
- Cleaning supplies
What items should I coordinate with my roommate?
We recommend that only one of the following items be in each room:
What items are not allowed in the residence halls?
- Air conditioner
- Aquariums (larger than 10 gallons)
- Archery equipment
- Ceiling fans
- Cooking appliances with open coils (toaster, toaster oven, coffee maker, hot plate,
George Foreman grills, etc.)
- Duck tape
- Electric blankets
- Electrical items that are not U.L. approved
- Explosives (including gasoline, kerosene, or other combustible substances)
- Halogen or incandescent lights / lamps
- Indoor grill or broiler
- Kegs, party balls, funnels, bongs, and other drug paraphernalia
- Pets (other than fish)
- Power tools
- Refrigerators larger than 4.6 cubic or > 5 amps
- Space heaters (electric, ceramic, or kerosene)
- Weapons including, but not limited to: (Knives, BB guns, Air/gas pistols or rifles,
Firearms of any type, Pressurized guns, Paint ball guns, Stun guns, Martial arts weapons
- Weight lifting equipment
- Smoke/fog machines
This list is not all-inclusive. If you have an item you’d like to ask about specifically
not listed on the to bring or not to bring lists, please contact the Department of
Residential Living at: email@example.com or via phone at: 828-227-7303.
Where will I get my mail?
U.S. Mail is collected and distributed to the Student Mail Center Monday through Friday,
and delivered to each resident's mail box before the end of the day. The Mail Center
is located on the second floor of A.K. Hinds University Center. To ensure that your
mail reaches you as quickly as possible, make sure that your correspondents have your
correct address as indicated:
Western Carolina University
245 Memorial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723
If any part of your address is wrong, your mail will take longer to reach you.
May I have guests visit me in my room?
Yes, your guests are welcome to visit you in the residence hall. Guests of the opposite
gender are allowed to visit you Sunday – Thursday from 12:00 noon until 12:00 midnight.
On Friday and Saturday, the visitation hours are from 12:00 noon until 2:00 a.m. You
must escort any guest of the opposite gender at all times. He or she must use restroom
facilities designated for their gender. Public restroom facilities are located in
the main lobby of each residence hall. Violation of this policy will result in loss
of visitation privileges.
Is the campus a safe place to live?
In Residential Living, we take your safety very seriously. Since residence halls are
public buildings that serve as private residences for a large number of students,
security is an important concern. All exterior doors remain locked at all times. Electronic
access is provided for residents of each building. You are encouraged to always carry
your CatCard and room key with you, and to always lock your door when you leave your
room. You must also take responsibility for safety and security of community by assisting
with keeping doors locked at all times and never propping doors.
Smoke detectors are located in public areas and fire alarm pull stations on every
wing of each residence hall floor. Fire drills are conducted the first of each semester.
Your residence hall staff has been trained to assist you with evacuation procedures.
AS A SAFETY PRECAUTION, BURNING CANDLES AND INCENSE (or any open flame), OR ANY OPEN
COILED COOKING APPLIANCES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS. As an added safety
measure, all residence halls have sprinkler systems.
Your residence hall staff will conduct various safety programs in the residence halls
related to theft prevention, self-defense, rape awareness, fire safety, and others.
Emergency call boxes are located at the main entrance of each residence hall. University
Police Officers patrol the campus and are only a phone call away. They are available
to assist you if and when the need arises. For further information regarding campus
safety and security, please visit the University Police website at: police.wcu.edu.