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Water Rock

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Water Rock Residence Hall

Water Rock is one of Western Carolina University's newest residence halls.  The building is named after Waterrock Knob.  An iconic stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Waterrock Knob features nearly 360-degree views of the surrounding ranges including the Great Balsams, Great Smokies, Cowees, Nantahalas, Blue Ridge Mountains, Newfound Mountains, Blacks and Craggies.

Opened:  August 2022
Who Lives Here:
 First-year students.
Number of residents:  259
Number of floors:  4
Elevator:  Yes
Airconditioned:  Yes
Room Types:  Double occupancy rooms.
Bathroom:  Community style bathroom - typically 2 per floor featuring 3 enclosed toilets, 3 enclosed showers and 4 sinks; Private restroom on each floor with a shower, toilet and sink.
Gender:  Single gender rooms; men and women live on the same floor.
Laundry rooms:  floors 1 and 3.
Kitchens: floors 1 and 3.
Study Lounges:  every floor.
Location on campus:  Central Campus
Parking:  Lot 21, .1 mile up Memorial Drive; Lot 19A, .2 miles across the street.  (Provided for informational purposes only.  On-campus parking requires the purchase of a permit and eligibility to park in various lots is determined by the type of permit for which a student is eligible.  In addition, purchase of a permit does not guarantee parking in any particular parking spot or lot.)
Notable features:  

  • Opens to a courtyard shared by Black Rock, Water Rock and Shining Rock Halls.
  • Hammock stands.
  • Firepit (use by permit only).
  • Located across the street (.1 mile walk) from Courtyard DIning Hall - home to BellaSui, Catamount Cafe, Chick-fil-A, Freshens, Moe's Southwestern Grill, Panda Express, Papa John's, Starbucks @ Courtyard, and Which Wich Superior Sandwhiches.

Rooms in Water Rock are traditional double occupancy rooms.  There are two sets of furniture in the double room - one for each resident.  All rooms have at least one window with some having more.

Approximately 11' x 17'2"
Approximately 187 square feet

Room Amenities
Ethernet Port (2 per room)
Movable furniture
Window Blinds

XL Loftable bed (2 per room)
XL Twin Mattress (2 per room)
Desk (2 per room)
Desk Chair (2 per room)
Wardrobe with two drawers (2 per room)

All residence halls at Western Carolina University feature the following amenities:

  • Wireless internet access throughout the building
  • Exterior door access controlled by Cat Card (student ID)
  • Non-smoking building with 50 foot non-smoking perimeter 
  • Resident Assistant staff
  • Professional staff on call 24 hours a day

Kitchen in The Rocks


People enjoying a common area in The Rocks


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