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Information for Residents

On-campus living provides you with opportunities to enhance your classroom experiences and develop new networks of friends. The people you meet in your residence hall could easily become your future business partners, colleagues, or friends for life.

Through life in the residence hall, you can learn to appreciate the value of differences and foster a deep respect for learning. Living in a residence hall can help you reach your full potential as an individual and as an engaged member of society.

Below you'll find some helpful information while living on campus:

Room Selection for Continuing Students

Room selection for continuing students is done on a tiered system with different room selection time periods. Your room selection tier is based on whether you can stay in your current room or if you are moving to another room or building. 

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Campus Mail

While living on-campus in a Residence Hall all of your mail will be delivered to the Student Mail Center located on the second floor of the University Center. Mail is delivered to each resident's mailbox before the end of the day.

Your new address will be: 

Student's Name
Western Carolina University
245 Memorial Dr.
Suite ________
Cullowhee, NC 28723

If you have questions or a problem with your mail, you can speak to someone in person at the Student Mail Center Monday-Friday 10:30am-5pm or call 828.227.3241 or email resmailsup@wcu.edu.

Please note: If any part of your address is wrong, your mail will take longer to reach you. Students will receive email notifications to their Catamount email for any packages received at the Student Mail Center. Students are responsible for checking their Catamount email account regularly. 

Living with a Roommate

Two roomates in a dorm room

 

Most students who live in our residence halls will have a roommate. Sharing a room with another person is similar to any other relationship; to be successful it requires openness, flexibility, and respect. Right from the beginning, it is very important to communicate openly with your roommate.

Learning to live with another person, to acknowledge and respect each others differences, and to allow one another the space to grow are some of the most valuable parts of the residential experience.

Your enjoyment of campus life will depend, to a great extent, on the thoughtful consideration you demonstrate for your roommate and your neighbors.

Talk to your Roommate

Prior to move in, talk to your roommate:

  • Who is bringing what (refrigerator, tv, etc.) and what will be shared?
  • Food - allergies and sharing food
  • Bedtime preferences
  • Music and television - How loud and what time of day/night?
  • Overnight guests - Is its okay? When? How often?
  • Visitors - Do you want friends visiting and hanging out in your room?
  • Having a secret word between the two of you for use when one of you is getting tired and wants the visitors to leave
  • Are you both neat freaks or can you both stand a little mess?

Roommate Agreement Form

As a new student, we highly recommend that you and your roommate complete a Roommate Agreement form soon after your arrival to campus.  We encourage all residents to take this seriously, as it lays the foundations and groundwork for boundaries within your living space. It also assists you in discussing concepts that you may not have thought about prior to coming to college and sharing a room.

Resident rights & responsibilities

Basic responsibilities and rights of students living on campus:

  • The right to study and sleep without undue interference from noise, guests, etc.
  • The right to expect that your personal belongings will be respected and used only with your permission.
  • The right to resolve grievances and assert your point of view.  (Residence Life staff members are available for assistance in resolving conflicts.)
  • The right to read and study free from undue interference in one’s room. (Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit these activities.)
  • The right to a clean living environment.
  • The right to free access to one’s room, personal space, and facilities without pressure from your roommate.
  • The right to privacy.
  • The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical, and/or emotional harm.
  • The right to ensure that guests respect the rights and privacy of the host’s roommate and other residents.
  • The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of “room-shared” appliances (TV, telephone, refrigerator, etc.).
  • The right to have guests who will be expected to respect the rights of the host’s roommate and other residents of the floor and hall.
  • The right to live in a secure environment.
  • The right to have individual differences respected. Acts of intolerance directed toward an individual on the basis of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation will not be permitted in the residence halls.
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