Center for International Studies

Housing for International Students

If you don't have a place to stay when you first arrive, temporary housing may be available in the residence halls (dormitories) if you plan on living on campus. The prices will vary depending on when you arrive.  

  • In order to sign up for temporary housing (break housing), you must log in to your STARS account.  

The Macomb Inn and America's Best Value Inn also have short term housing.  For more information, email  


Housing options depend on your classification (graduate, undergraduate, or WESL student).

Undergraduate Students (Bachelor's Degree Students) corbin olson
  • All WIU undergraduate students must live on campus (in the residence halls/dorms) for their first four semesters, or until they have completed 60 credit hours. 
  • You may be exempt from this criteria if you are married or are 24 years old or older.
  • Residence Halls (dorms) are semi-private, and have shared bathroom facilities.
  • Dorm rooms do not have a kitchen, but residents have access to a shared kitchen in their building, so there is the ability to cook your own food.
  • You are required to have a meal plan if you live in the dorms (there are some exceptions). This means you will pay to eat at the cafeteria and other places on campus. If you have special dietary needs, please contact the University Housing and Dining Office.
  • Residence Halls are divided by gender (males only live with males, and females only with females) and age (younger students live in certain halls, older students live in other halls).

View more on residence halls:

To apply to live in the residence halls, visit the University Housing and Dining website

Only submit an application to live in a residence hall if you are 100% certain that is where you want to live. Once you submit the application, you CANNOT break your contract. You will be expected to live in a Residence Hall or pay the cost of one semester in a Residence Hall. The requirement for undergraduate students to live on-campus is a very firm policy. Exceptions are rarely made, usually in cases of extreme medical need. Freshman and sophomore undergraduate students should NOT plan on living off-campus even if they petition to do so.

Graduate Students (Master's Degree Students)

There are several options for graduate student to live on campus.  Students can live in the following:

View more information about off campus housing.

WESL Students (English Students)

WESL students can also live on or off campus. IMPORTANT NOTE FOR WESL UNDERGRADUATES: If you are not married, under the age of 24, and have less than 60 credit hours when you finish WESL, you MUST move on campus when you begin University courses. Please think about this when you sign a lease!


Housing Contracts and Leases

Lease Information

Before You Move In

Pre-order things for your place - If you choose to use this service, please make contact your dorm to see if these items can be shipped there and if the dorm will be able to accept them if you are not there.


Apartment Issues

See come of the common issues students face when looking for an apartment.


For more information, contact:

University Housing and Dining Services

Center for International Studies