Moving In and Getting Settled

Helpful Tips for Moving In

Moving into a new dorm or apartment is an exciting process. We hope to help you have a smooth transition as you settle into your space on Western's campus. Below you'll find guidance on when and where to check-in, what to pack and how to prepare for your new living arrangements. 


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, and outdoor and indoor signs will direct you to the right location for your check-in area.

  • First Year Students - Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Transfer & Non-Traditional Students - Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Returning Students - Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 9 a.m. 


For your convenience, each complex has coin-operated laundry facilities. All laundry machines accept Mountaineer Cash—a declining balance on your Mountaineer Card. For more information on your Mountaineer Card, click here.

Care Packages

Western partners with Our Campus Marketing for both a linen program and a care package program. The profits from this partnership help reduce the cost for student leaders to attend regional and national leadership conferences. The care packages are sent directly to a student’s mail box in the Mail Center. You can purchase a care package for your student to be delivered after move in, before finals week and other times you select during the year. Please visit this link to learn more about the program, and call 1.866.847.7365 with any questions. 


In the Escalante Complex, the Mears Complex and Ute Hall, all beds are fit with extra-long twin mattresses. In Pinnacles, most beds are double or full size beds, while Chipeta Hall contains entirely full size 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 visit Our Campus Market. 

Mail and Packages

Your address should read:
Your name
Western 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 their rental site. 

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 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 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, Mid-Fall Break, 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 may obtain permission to stay over Winter Break. 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 the duration of Winter Break).

Residence Hall Amenities

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 are shared between five bedrooms, 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 a 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, contains a standard size fridge with two stovetop ranges. The 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, desk/chair, sofa, easy chair, small dining table with two chairs, television stand, a trash can and coffee and end tables. 
  • 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 and chair, sectional, table, chairs and a walk-in closet. 
  • Apartments also offer dishwashers, standard size stoves and full-sized refrigerators.

What to Bring:

We recommend bringing a few amenities to make the most of your on-campus housing. When purchasing linens for your bedroom, please make sure to contact our main office at 970.943.2101 to confirm your bed size BEFORE you purchase any linens.

For the Bathroom (Mears Complex and Apartments only):
Bathroom cleaning supplies
Toilet paper and toiletries

For the Laundry:
Laundry bag or basket
Laundry detergent
Sewing kit

Other Amenities (to discuss with your roommate): 
Small refrigerator
DVD/Blu-ray Player

For Decorating:

Posters (we recommend poster putty to avoid putting holes in the walls)
Desk lamp
Dust buster
Carpet sweeper
Surge protectors (no extension cords)
Alarm clock
Area rug or scrap carpet
Mattress pad
Sheets, pillow cases, blankets 

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 okay)
Pets (other than fish)
Toasters, electric frying pans, or any other kitchen appliances that have a hot plate
Vaporizer pens, oils or wax
Any upholstered furniture (sofas, recliners, futons, and bean bag chairs)

Tips for Roommate 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, who perhaps has a lifestyle different than your own. Most people get along well with their roommates, but no relationship is perfect. Each student at Western is unique, and we strive to create a diverse environment where students are able to learn from the community around them. The key to having a successful working relationship is to discuss your likes and dislikes with your roommate, and come to specific agreements about living together. Discussing questions and concerns in the beginning can prevent issues in later semesters. 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 prefer to stay up late, or go to bed early?
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?

Remember that your Resident Assistant and the Residence Life Staff are available as mediators when roommate conflicts arise.

Getting Together

Use the summer to “break the ice.” Your housing assignment information will have your roommate's contact information. Consider reaching out to your roommate through a text or Facebook message to discuss what you're looking forward to at Western, or what you need to bring for your dorm room.