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Campus Housing

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The campus is clean and makes me feel very safe to live on.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: campus housing is okay. the dorms are nice and it mostly quiet in the dorm I stay in

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: On campus housing is required for the first two years. Living on campus is very convenient and you are more likely to attend classes than living off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really like the social atmosphere that took place on my floor during my freshman year. I met some of my closest friends by living on that floor. There were frequently people sitting in the hallway playing cards or just talking. However, I hear that that isn't always the case. For example, one of my friends lived on a different floor of the same building and there was no social atmosphere. People on her floor didn't really take the time to get to know each other. I suppose it's hit-or-miss in the social aspect of housing.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is nice because you're near your classes friends and food. What sucks is when you get sick at least once a month because the place can't stay clean. What sucks is when your air/heat is broken more times than its working. What sucks is when you room and entire building is infested with ladybugs.

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All of WKU's residence halls have been renovated in the past 10 years, which is something most places can't say. All facilities are nice and clean, and each has their strong points. Some, like Minton Hall, are right in the center of campus. Others, like Poland and McCormack, are single-sex dorms, and then there are dorms like Northeast, which are a little larger than others. Overall, there are tons of different options, and they all offer students the chance to be close to their classes and not worry about parking every day.

Besides convenience and parking, the social environment of the dorms also provides a reason to stay in contact. The close proximity allows students to be in contact with many people, be close to people in their classes, attend on-campus events, and attend events put on by their residence halls, as well. Each building has a certain number of programs created by the RAs to get people involved and to get them to have a good time without leaving the building. Though many people choose to live off campus as upperclassmen because of cost, the dorms are definitely not a place to fear or hate.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
5,043
Average Housing Costs
$4,170
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
29%
Freshmen Living On Campus
76%
Number of Dormitories
15
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
0
Best Freshman Dorms
Minton Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Northeast Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Pearce Ford Tower (PFT)
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Pearce Ford Tower (PFT)
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Wireless Internet access
Also Available
Living Learning Communities give students the option to live with people who have the same majors and take the same classes, and the very similar "themed living" option places students with people of similar interests (music students living together). Many sorority and fraternity members also live in a certain dorm together. There are also special dorms reserved just for honors students, and there are plans in the making for campus-owned apartments!

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Barnes Campbell Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchens, elevators, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Bates Runner Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Honors dorm; air conditioning, community kitchens, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Bemis Lawrence Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchens, elevators, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Douglas Keen Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Satellite location for The Learning Center; air conditioning, community kitchens, elevators (North Tower), ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Gilbert Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Women of Western themed living option; air conditioning, community kitchens, elevators, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Hugh Poland Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Next to Preston Health and Activities Center; air conditioning, community kitchens, elevators, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
McCormack Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Men of Distinction themed living option; air conditioning, community kitchens, elevators, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
McLean Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Honors dorm; air conditioning, community kitchens, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Meredith Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Sorority dorm; air conditioning, community kitchens, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Minton Hall
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Honors dorm; air conditioning, community kitchens, elevators, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Northeast Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Private, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchens, laundry facilities, study lounge, vending machines
Pearce Ford Tower (PFT)
Floors: 27
Number of Occupants: 1000+
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchens, elevators, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines. PFT features extended living options, Living Learning Communities, satellite location for The Learning Center, lounge/game room on top floor, and nearby Tower Food Court.
Rodes Harlin Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchens, elevators, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Southwest Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Private, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchens, laundry facilities, study lounge, vending machines
Zacharias Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchens, ice machine, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines

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