Moving In and Getting Settled

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. There should also be outdoor and indoor signs to direct you to the right location for your check-in area.

  • First Year Students - January 6, 2018 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Transfer & Non-Traditional Students - January 6, 2018 from 9-12 p.m.
  • Returning Students - January 6, 2018 begging at 9 a.m. halls reopen. Rare Air resumes service on January 7, 2018.


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 more information on your Mountaineer Card, click HERE.


In the Escalante Complex, the Mears Complex, and Ute Hall, all beds are extra-long twin. In Pinnacles, most beds are double/full beds. In Chipeta Hall, almost all one bedroom apartments have double/full beds. Chipeta two bedroom apartments have extra-long twin beds. If you are assigned a room in a Chipeta or Pinnacles apartment, it is strongly encouraged to call our office at 970-943-2101 to double check the bed size before purchasing linens.

To see and purchase appropriate linen, please go here: 

Mail and Packages

Your address should read:
Your name
Western State Colorado University
C.P.O. # (Campus Post Office Box Number)
600 N. Adams
Gunnison, CO 81231-(4 digit C.P.O. # again)

Mail will always be delivered to the Mail Center in the University Center. Mail and packages typically cannot be delivered directly to your residence hall.

Microwave and Refrigerator Rentals

For your convenience, Colorado Collegiate Rentals offers microwave and refrigerator rentals. For more information please visit

Refund Policy

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.

Room Changes

Occasionally, cancelations 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 cancelations occur, we will fill the spaces in order of application date. After arriving on campus, students who wish to move need to contact the Assistant Director/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. Non-emergency room changes will result in a standard processing fee.

Vacation and Breaks

Residence halls are open during Labor Day, Midfall, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and President’s Day holidays. Special arrangements may be made for students who are interested in staying in the residence halls over Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break. Information about signing up for these breaks will be advertised closer to each break. Only residents living in Pinnacles, Chipeta, and the Mears Complex are allowed to stay over Winter Break with permission. Residents in Ute Hall and Escalante Complex are not permitted to stay over Winter Break due to lack of access to a kitchen (all on-campus dining is closed for Winter Break).

What the Rooms Have

Escalante Complex:
Dolores, Colorado, Tomichi & Crystal Halls

  • Rooms have overhead lights and desk lamps.
  • Rooms provide both a wireless and wired internet connection.
  • 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 with televisions provide space for studying, socializing, activities and preparing snacks.

Mears Complex:
Robidoux, Mears & Moffat Halls

  • Rooms have overhead light; you may wish to bring desk lamp.
  • Rooms provide both a wireless and wired internet connection.
  • 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. There are two rooms per suite.
  • 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 and activities.
  • Large community kitchen located next to the community lounge. Kitchen contains a standard size fridge with two stovetop ranges. Kitchen also has large countertop space in addition to a large island.

Chipeta Hall Apartments:

  • Apartments have adequate overhead light; you may want to bring lamps to suit your needs.
  • Apartments provide both a wireless and wired internet connection.
  • Apartments are carpeted; you may want a vacuum.
  • All apartments are furnished: some are furnished with full-size bed or twin XL bed, desk/chair, sofa, easy chair, small dining table/2 chairs, television stand, coffee and end table. All apartments include trash can. Please contact our main office at 970-943-2101 to make sure you know how big your bed is before purchasing linens.
  • All apartments have a kitchen area. The stoves are not standard size - they are smaller.
  • Large community lounge with television provides space for studying, socializing and activities.

Pinnacles Apartments:

  • Apartments have adequate overhead light; you may want to bring lamps to suit your needs.
  • Apartments provide both a wireless and wired internet connection.
  • Apartments are furnished with trash can, and one full bed per room (most apartments), a desk/chair, sectional, table, chairs and walk-in closet. Please contact our main office at 970-943-2101 to make sure you know how big your bed is before purchasing linens.
  • Apartments also offer dishwashers, standard size stoves, 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
Toilet paper

For the Laundry
Laundry bag or basket
Laundry detergent
Sewing kit

Discuss With Your Roommate
Small refrigerator
DVD/Blu-ray Player

Make Your Room Your Home

Posters (we recommend poster putty--no holes in the walls, please!)
Desk lamp
Dust buster
Carpet sweeper
Surge protectors (no extension cords, please!)
Alarm clock
Area rug or scrap carpet
Mattress pad
Sheets, pillow cases, blankets (please double check the size of your bed before purchasing linens)

What NOT to Bring

Weapons or Fireworks (i.e. paintball guns, bb guns, knives larger than 3 1/2”)
Candles and incense (candle warmers are OK)
Pets (other than fish)
Toasters, electric frying pans, or any other kitchen appliances that have a hot plate.
Vaporizer pens, oils, and wax
Any upholstered furniture (sofas, recliners, futons, and bean bag chairs)

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. How clean does the room need to be?
6. Do you use tobacco, marijuana, or alcohol?
7. What can I borrow and what do you prefer to be left alone?
8. Do you need complete quiet to study?
9. When can I have guests in our room?
10. Are there times when you need to be alone?
11. How will I know if I’ve done something which upsets you?
12. Do you have any concerns about having me as your roommate?

Getting Together

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 or Facebook message. Share your thoughts, feelings, and expectations of college life.

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 Assistant and the Residence Life Staff can be good sounding boards and mediators when roommate conflicts arise.