Research shows that living on campus has several positive outcomes.
- Retention: Students have greater expectations for their academic achievement and are more likely to remain in college.
- Extracurricular involvement: Students are more involved in campus activities. They learn to work with others, manage budgets, express their ideas in meetings, negotiate with others and follow through with projects.
- Positive feelings about campus social climate: Students feel that the campus is more comfortable, academic, supportive and enjoyable.
- Personal growth and development: Students meet more challenges, mature more quickly and learn to become interdependent.
- Interpersonal relationships: Students build strong friendships and share more experiences. They interact more, develop more tolerance and experience more cultural diversity.
- Faculty interaction: Students have more contacts with faculty due to closer proximity to faculty offices.
All students are required to live on campus for their first two years at Western Colorado University. Students in their first year are required to have double occupancy in traditional residence halls. All students residing in traditional residence halls are required to have a meal plan. Students in their second year may live in suite-style residence halls, or if available, opt to live in apartment-style housing where a meal plan is not required.
Exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the Director of Residence Life and will only be granted under the following circumstances:
- The student is married: Students who are in or will be in civil unions should be able to produce a license as documentation to have the live-on requirement waived.
- The student is living with a parent legal guardian: Student who will be residing with a parent or a legal guardian and commuting to school must have their parent provide proof of residence. Additionally, that residence must be within a reasonable commuting distance of campus.
- The student is at least 21 years of age by the first day of classes: Students who will be 21 years of age prior to the first day of classes in the fall semester must notify the Director of Residence Life that they do not wish to live on campus. A simple check of the student’s birthday will be enough to waive the live-on requirement. Students who turn 21 after the first day of classes may still appeal but the appeal will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- The student has lived on campus for the equivalent of two full academic years at Western or another college or University: Students who have transferred into Western and have lived on campus for one or two years at a previous institution will need to have their previous institution verify with the Office of Residence Life. Transfer students who lived on campus at their previous institution will only need to live on campus at Western for one year.
- The student is an honorably discharged veteran: Students who are honorably discharged veterans need only produce their discharge papers in order to not be held to the two-year live-on requirement.
Students who are enrolled during any part of a term and do not meet these requirements will be assigned a space and required to pay all room and board charges associated with the space for the term. Students who fall below full-time status are still subject to the live-on requirement for the full contract period. Visit the Housing Appeals Guide for more information about the appeals process.