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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.

On-Campus Housing Services

Living on campus provides you with many services.  These services are highlighted below with important information.

The Student Mail Center is located on the second floor of the A.K. Hinds University Center.  Each resident student has an assigned suite (mail) box for their personal mail.  All envelopes and small packages will be placed in the student mail box once processed by our student mail staff.

Large packages that cannot fit into student mail boxes will be held at the Student Mail Center and must be claimed by the resident.  Students will receive a notice in their catamount email address when a package is ready for pick-up.  Packages can be claimed during Student Mail Center operating hours, typically 10:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday.  Note that hours are adjustied during breaks.

Mail should be addressed as follows:

Student's Name
Western Carolina University
245 Memorial Drive
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.

All residence halls have wifi available throughout the building.  Students should connect to the eduroam network utilizing their WCU credentials.  In addition there is one ethernet port per person in each residence hall room.

Each building has laundry facilities for the use of the residents of that building.  There is no cost for the laundry machines.

On-campus Housing Policies

As an on-campus resident, you agree to follow the Guide to Residential Living.  

This Guide to Residential Living is for the 2023 - 2024 academic year.  This guide will be available through Summer 2024.

This Guide to Residential Living is for the 2024 - 2025 academic year.  Check back for a tool to explore these more later.

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.

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?

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.

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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