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.
Housing options depend on whether you are a graduate student, undergraduate student, or WESL student.
Undergraduate Students (Bachelor's Degree Students)
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. However, if you live in a residence hall, you are required to have a meal plan (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).
There are several residence halls to choose from and the following link will help you learn more about each dorm. information: http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/housing/residence_halls/index.php
- Freshman (1st Year Student) Halls: Tanner Hall, Bayliss & Henninger Hall
- Sophomore, Junior, Senior & Graduate Halls: Thompson Hall, Grote Hall, Corbin & Olson Hall, and Lincoln & Washington Hall.
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:
- Thompson Hall, Grote Hall, Corbin & Olson Hall, and Lincoln & Washington Hall
- University Village
- Westbrook House
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!
Transportation and Parking
You must buy for a permit (at Mowbrary Hall) to park your car on campus. If you don't have a car, it is still very easy to get around because WIU has a FREE bus system to take people to the University and around Macomb. There is a also a bike shop near campus where you can buy bicycles and equipment.
Housing Contracts and Leases
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.
For more help, contact: