Two-Year Live-On Experience

Two-Year Live-on Experience at Western

The two-year live-on experience is a commitment between the student and the University to enhance the students' success. This commitment requires students to live on campus for two years. We know that students who live on-campus are more likely to stay enrolled, graduate on time, and feel connected to the campus community. In support of this commitment the Office of Student Affairs has focused time and energy into campus resources to provide student engagement for success.

Research shows that living on campus has several positive outcomes that help students developmentally.

  1. Retention - They have greater expectations for academic achievement and are more likely to remain in college.  
  2. Extracurricular involvement - More involved in campus activities. Students learn to work with others, manage budgets, express their ideas in meetings, negotiate with others, and follow through with projects.
  3. Positive feelings about campus social climate. Students feel that the campus is more comfortable, more academic, more supportive, and more enjoyable.
  4. Personal growth and development - Students meet more challenges, mature more quickly and learn to become interdependent.
  5. Interpersonal relationships - Students build strong friendships and share more experiences. They interact more, develop more tolerance, and experience more cultural diversity.
  6. Faculty interaction - Students have more contacts with faculty both in the residence halls and due to closer proximity to faculty offices.
  7. Higher overall satisfaction with their college experience 

Policy Requirement

All students are required to live on campus for their first two years in attendance at Western State Colorado University. Students in their first year are required to have double occupancy and reside in Living-Learning Communities, which are located in traditional Residence Hall units. 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: 

  1. The student is married; students who are in civil unions or will be should be able to produce a license as documentation and to have the requirement to live on campus waived.
  2. The student is living with parents or 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 the campus.
  3. 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.
  4. The student has lived on campus for the equivalent of two full academic years at another college or University, or at Western; students who have transferred into Western and have lived on campus for 1 or 2 years at a previous institution will need to have the institution verify with the Office of Residence Life at Western that they have lived on campus for 1 or 2 years.  Students who have transferred into Western with only 1 year of having lived on campus at their previous institution will only need to live on campus at Western for 1 year.
  5. 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 periodVisit the Housing Appeals Guide for more information about the appeals process.