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Applying for Housing

As soon as you're admitted to Western, it is time to choose where you would like to live. You will make your housing selection by submitting a housing application. Room assignments are made based on the date that your housing application (Preference Form and Processing Fee) are received by our Assignments Office.  We do guarantee housing; however, the earlier you apply the more likely your preferences will be matched.

Apply in 3 easy steps:

  1. Make sure you take your time to explore all your options.  Explore the different residence halls, Graduate and Family Housing (**), and the Westbrook House (**),  living-learning communities and/or amenities to become familiar with all we have to offer.
  2. Fill out the Housing Application, Preference Form and applicable fees (link located below).
  3. Wait for your Residence Hall assignment (usually announced in late July). (Graduate and Family Housing offers on an independent and rolling time-line. Learn more...)
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Let's get started. . . select the semester you will be moving in to your new home at WIU. 
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What you will need for your Housing Application:

  1. Your 9-digit WIU ID Number
  2. Your Community Preference: This is where you will indicate if you are interested in a learning community, interest community or specific building.  
  3. Your Roommate Preference:  If you know someone you would like to live with, you will need their name and 9-digit WIU ID Number. Otherwise, after you apply, you will have the option to go through our Roommate Matching program or be randomly assigned a roommate
  4. Housing Application Fee: When completing the online housing application, you will need to pay the $50 non-refundable processing fee by major credit card when submitting your housing application.
    To pay by check, call 309-298-2461 or email us at to request a housing application packet to be mailed. Cash payment accepted only in person at Seal Hall, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455.

** Important Information about applying to Graduate & Family Housing/University Apartments: Because of limited occupancy, applying for Housing in GFH does not guarantee housing or apartment space. Graduate & Family Housing is eligible only to the following WIU students:

  • Students with children (2 children max)
  • Married Students or Students with Domestic Partners
  • Graduate Students
  • Non-Traditional Undergraduate Students (24-years-old at the beginning of semester)

**Important Information about applying to the Westbrook House: Because of limited occupancy, applying for Housing in the Westbrook House does not guarantee housing or apartment space. The Westbrook House is eligible only to the following WIU students:

  • Graduate Students
  • Non-Traditional Undergraduate Students (24-years-old at the beginning of semester)

Contact UHDS at 309-298-3331 for more information. 


Timeline for Summer 2014:

Return your completed Summer Housing Preference Form to the UHDS office in Seal Hall. 

Timeline for Fall 2014:

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  • Mid-October through mid-July: Students can apply for the upcoming academic fall semester (i.e. 2014-2015). Assignments are made on a first come first serve basis. The earlier you apply the more likely you will be to get your first choice. Additionally Roommate Matching Step 1 (fill out profiles) opens November 4 for all first-year students.
  • Mid-April: Roommate Matching Step 2 and 3 (Search and Communicate) open for all first-year students.
  • Over the summer: Housing information packets will be sent out with important information about moving to campus, services available, and roommate information.
  • July 20, 2014: All mutual roommate requests, Living-Learning Community (LLC), and housing preferences must be final and complete. Need to change any of your preferences after you have already applied for housing? It's simple: Log-in to STARS and select "UHDS Housing Information Menu" from the drop-down and click on "Lifestyle Preference Update".
  • Late July: Assignments made available on STARS and emailed out to each student informing them of their room assignment. 

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