Moving In and Getting Settled
Tips on moving to college
Moving In & Getting Settled
Please go directly to your assigned residence hall or apartment complex and follow signs to the Resident Check-in Area. Staff will be available at the Check-in Area to assist you.
In each common room and individual bedroom, cable jacks will give you access to loads of channels, which offer great entertainment. Some steps to take to ensure that you have access to the best television connection:
- Make sure your cable is securely attached to the wall jack. Screw it on all the way!
- Make sure the cable is securely attached to your television.
- Before enjoying your TV, you may have to do a channel search. Usually, this option can be found under the "Menu" or "Settings" function of your TV. For more information about this, please refer to the manual provided with your TV or call the customer service number provided with it.
- Please note: the cable connection here at WSCU only supports televisions capable of handling a digital signal. Older televisions may need an analog to digital signal converter. Please look online for more details.
If you have any questions about cable access or if you need some help in setting up the signal, please speak with your Resident Advisor.
For your convenience, each complex has coin-operated laundry facilities. Additionally, Laundry (continued) all laundry machines accept Mountaineer Cash—a declining balance on your Mountaineer Card.
For your comfort, all rooms and apartments have extra-long mattresses, with the exception of the Pinnacles Apartments, which offer the comfort of full-sized beds. In conjunction with Residence Hall Linens, Western State Colorado University offers linen packages that will comfortably fit these mattresses. Information will be mailed to you, but if you would like immediate information on this service, you may contact Residence Hall Linen at 1.800.957.4338 or visit their website at www.rhl.org/wsn.
Mail and Packages
Your address should read:
Western State Colorado University
C.P.O. # (Campus Post Office Box Number)
600 N. Adams
Gunnison, CO 81231-(4 digit C.P.O. # again)
Microfridge and Refrigerator Rentals
For your convenience, Colorado Collegiate Rentals offers microfridge and refrigerator rentals. Information is included in this mailout.
Mountaineer Cash (MC) is Western’s equivalent to a debit card program. Mountaineer Cash can be purchased by cash, check, or credit card at the PHIL Stations as well as at the Cashier’s Office. Once you deposit Mountaineer Cash on your card you CAN NOT take the cash out from your account, but it will transferfrom semester to semester.
What can I do with my Mountaineer Cash?
You can use Mountaineer Cash at the following locations: WSC Bookstore, Mad Jacks Snack Bar, Rare Air Dining Hall, selected on-campus vending & copying machines, laundry machines in residence halls and apartments, and Pizza Hut.
Please refer to the class schedule for specific dates of the official drop period. If a student withdraws or is academically suspended from the College, the $100.00 housing deposit will be forfeited.
Occasionally, cancellations may require us to make changes in your housing assignment. If we need to change your room assignment or roommate information, we will contact you as soon as possible. As cancellations occur, we will fill the spaces in order of application date. After arriving on campus, students who wish to move need to contact the Resident Director of the hall in which they are currently living to request a housing change. No room changes will be allowed until 2 weeks after classes start.
A limited number of single rooms are available each year. Most of these rooms have been granted to returning students. If any are still available, transfer students will be given the opportunity to reserve a single room.
Priority will be given based on the following factors:
1) Date housing application was received, and
2) Choice of hall or complex.
After the first two weeks of school, residents whose roommates were not assigned or decided not to attend Western may be given the option of taking their room as a single by paying the cost difference. If a student elects not to exercise this option, they will need to be prepared to move or accept a roommate upon the request of their Resident Director.
Vacations and Breaks
Residence halls are open during Labor Day, Midfall, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and President’s Day holidays. Residence halls are closed during Winter Break. Special arrangements may be made for students who are interested in staying in the residence halls over Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break.
What the Rooms Have
Dolores, Colorado, Tomichi & Crystal Halls
• Rooms have overhead lights and desk lamps.
• Rooms include 2 data jacks for internet access from your personal
• Carpeted rooms are furnished with trash can, 2 extra-long twin
beds that can be bunked, 2 desks/chairs and 2 wardrobes;
you may want a small vacuum.
• Semi-private bathrooms (5 rooms share a bathroom)
include storage and are cleaned daily.
• Floor lounges w/ television provide space for studying,
socializing, activities and preparing snacks.
Robidoux, Mears & Moffat Halls
• Rooms have overhead light; you may wish to bring desk lamp.
• Rooms include 2 data jacks for internet access from your personal computer.
• Carpeted rooms are furnished with trash can, 2 extra-long twin beds that can be bunked,
2 desks/chairs, 2 dressers and 2 wardrobes; you may want a small vacuum.
• Suite includes a shared storage area.
• Bathroom is shared by 4 people in a suite; you are responsible for your own cleaning
and your own supplies.
• Large community lounge located in the lobby provides space for studying, socializing
• Apartments have adequate overhead light; you may want to bring lamps to suit your needs.
• Apartments include 2 data jacks, but you must first contact the IT Help Desk to inform them which one you would like to access.
• Apartments are carpeted; you may want a vacuum.
• Most apartments are unfurnished; some are furnished with full-size bed, desk/chair, sofa, easy chair, small dining table/2 chairs, television stand, coffee and end table. All apartments include trash can.
• Large community lounge w/ television provides space for studying, socializing
• Apartments have adequate overhead light; you may want to bring lamps to
suit your needs.
• Apartments provide both a wireless and wired connection. Newer computers are compatible
with wireless internet; older computers require a wireless card which
can be purchased at your local computer store.
• Apartments are furnished with trash can, and one full bed per apartment,
a desk/chair, sectional, table, chairs and walk-in closet.
• Apartments also offer dishwashers and full-sized refrigerators.
What to Bring:
For the Bathroom
(Mears Complex and Apartments only)
Basin, tub and tile cleaner
Toilet bowl cleaner and brush
For the Laundry
Laundry bag or basket
Discuss With Your Roommate
Computer and Printer
Small ironing board
Your favorite movies
Make Your Room Your Home
Posters (we recommend poster putty--no holes in the walls, please!)Plants
Power strips and extension cords
Area rug or scrap carpet
Sheets (extra long twin, full in Pinnacles)
Pillows and cases
Blankets or bedspreads
What NOT to Bring
Weapons (i.e. paintball guns, bb guns,knives larger than 3 1/2”).
Hunting equipment can be stored at the Gunnison City Police Department, 641-8000.
Candles and incense
Pets (other than fish)
Electric frying pans (or any open coil cooking/space heating devices)
Broom and dustpan (they are provided)
Living with a Roommate Requires Communication!
Sharing a room with another student can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences you have at college. Roommates provide an excellent opportunity to become friends with someone new, perhaps someone who has ideas, beliefs, and a lifestyle different than your own. Most people get along well with their roommates, but no relationship is perfect. You’ll discover that each student at Western is unique, and comes to college with experiences and living styles different than yours. Each has his/her own likes and dislikes. The key to having a successful working relationship is to discuss these likes and dislikes and come to some agreements about living together. Discussing questions and concerns in the beginning are sure ways of getting off on the right foot. In addition, discussing problems as they arise during the year will make your roommate relationship last the entire year. We suggest that you consider asking your roommate the following questions to initiate good communication. While discussing these questions, keep in mind that part of the college experience is learning to appreciate others’ differences and sharing common interests with those around you.
1. When do you need sleep?
2. Do you keep late hours?
3. When do you study?
4. Where do you study?
5. Do you study in the room or at the library?
6. How clean does the room need to be?
7. Do you use tobacco or alcohol?
8. What can I borrow and what do you prefer to be
9. Do you need complete quiet to study?
10. How do we work phone messages?
11. When can I have guests in our room?
12. When can my friends call me?
13. Are there times when you need to be alone?
14. How will I know if I’ve done something which
15. Do you have any concerns about having me as
Use the summer to “break the ice.” Here are some ideas on how to meet and to introduce yourself to your new roommate.
Your housing assignment information will have your roommate’s contact information. Call him/her. Talk about your hobbies, goals, major, what you’re looking forward to about coming to college, etc.
Write a letter or send an email. Share your thoughts, feelings, and expectations of college life. Even better, if you have a personal Web page, share its address with your roommate.
Lunch, Dinner, or Coffee
Arrange to meet at a “halfway point.” Get together for a meal or coffee.
Take a Trip
Go hiking, camping, biking, or even take a road trip together. Take some time to get to know each other as friends, it will make things more comfortable and fun when school begins.
Remember that your Resident Advisor and the Residence Life Staff can be good sounding boards and mediators when roommate conflicts arise.