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Housing Contract Renewal Begins Jan. 27

January 21, 2014

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University students currently living in the residence halls can renew their housing contracts via STARS and choose where they want to live beginning Monday, Jan. 27.

According to John Biernbaum, associate vice president of student services, students should be aware of some changes that will provide them with more options as they choose where they want to live. Lincoln and Washington halls will be all single rooms, and those choosing to live in Lincoln and Washington will not be required to purchase a meal plan. Bayliss, Henninger and Tanner will remain first year residence halls.

"These changes are based on feedback we received from our students," Biernbaum added.

Students interested in reviewing the various options should call University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) at (309) 298-2461 to schedule an appointment to tour Corbin, Olson, Lincoln, Washington, Grote and Thompson halls. Appointments are available between the 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 22-24.

Students who wish to keep their same room assignment can renew their housing contract through Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Graduate and senior student housing renewal (for new room assignments) begins Monday, Feb. 3, followed by junior student renewal Tuesday, Feb. 4 and sophomore students Wednesday, Feb. 5. New room renewal assignments for freshmen will be held Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 7. Renew by visiting the ""UHDS Housing Information Menu"" screen on STARS. Roommate holds are also available for renewal.

Individual renewal times for students will be e-mailed to students Tuesday, Jan. 21. Students who do not renew during their assigned time can do so during the "Open Renewal" period from Feb. 8-28. All students who renew before Feb. 28 are entered into a drawing to win a free room for a semester.

According to Leann Meckler, UHDS marketing coordinator, several living learning communities are available for renewal, including art, broadcasting, honors, nursing and the international community. Students interested in moving to a new living learning community should contact the academic adviser for the department hosting the community.

Students with less than 60 hours of academic credit or less than four semesters of living on campus are required to live on campus. A non-compliance charge (equal to a student's double room rate) will be imposed if a student does not fulfill this requirement. Saturday, March 1 is the last day to revoke a housing contract without penalty for all students, regardless of their eligibility to live off campus.

For more information on WIU residence halls, including the renewal process, visit, contact a resident assistant or call or email UHDS at (309) 298-2461 or

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