Center for International Studies

Housing for International Students

Step 1: Temporary Housing

If you don't have a place to stay when you first arrive, temporary housing may be available in the residence halls (dormitories). 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 temporary housing.  For more information about temporary housing, email  If you already have a place to stay, please let us know that as well.


Step 2: Choose your housing preference

Your 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. 


  • If a student is married, he or she does not have to live in the residence halls.
  • If a student is over the age of 24, he or she does not have to live in the residence halls.

For more information about living in residence halls, click here.

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)

Graduate students may live on campus or off campus. For information about off campus housing, click here.

WESL Students (English Students)

WESL students can also live on campus 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. Think about this when you sign a lease!


Step 3: Consider Transportation and Parking

You must pay for a permit to park your car on campus. WIU has a FREE bus system to take people to the University and around the City of Macomb. There is a also a bike shop near campus where you can buy bicycles and equipment.

  • Go West Bus Service
  • You can buy a bike at The Bike Shop. Students who have a bike on campus can pay $1 for a bike permit at parking services. You can also rent a bike for free with your WIU ID card.
  • Parking Permits - email:


Step 4: What you need to know about housing contracts and leases

Lease Information

Before You Move In

Pre-order things for your place


Step 5: What to do if you have problems

Apartment Issues


Need More Help?

For more help, you can contact:

WIU Housing

Center for International Studies