Western has some up-to-date facilities, but others are in dire need of renovation. Students enjoy the Ronald S. Spencer Recreation center and the equipment, workout classes, and intramural sports it offers. The library is another facility that students are generally pleased with. It has six floors; at the bottom, some talking is tolerated, while on the sixth floor, it is expected that students are completely silent. The library is also filled with interesting plants, including a garden longue where speeches and events often take place. The basement boasts a small coffee shop, but it’s only open a few hours a day, four days a week. Most students agree that the Student Union serves its purpose, but doesn’t go far beyond that. In general, students are the least pleased with housing and the aesthetics of the campus. Housing, especially for freshmen, is not ideal. Despite average room sizes, the overall appearance of the dorms is ugly. In addition, the majority of them are run-down and not exceptionally maintained. Aesthetically, the campus has some decent areas and some terrible areas. Unfortunately, the nicest parts of the campus, like Sherman Hall, which is always seen on postcards and advertisements, are places where students rarely or never go.
With the exception of a nice library and a relatively new student recreation center, some facilities at Western simply fall flat. They tend to be outdated, and the absence of a central hub of student life hurts the campus aesthetically. The older buildings tend to be nicer; Simpkins hall, for example, adds a lot to the campus with its old-style architecture and huge columns. On the other hand, the dorms and a physical plant right across from the football field make the campus look run-down.