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Parent Handbook

Residence Life and Housing Services

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Parent Handbook

New Student Programs
202 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19382


Phone: (610) 436-3305
Email: orientation@wcupa.edu

Residence Life and Housing Services, Traditional Housing (610-436-3307)

University Student Housing, Affiliated Housing (610-430-4988)

West Chester University believes that living in University housing is an integral part of a student’s educational experience and provides opportunities for both personal and social growth. The University houses approximately 1,450 students on North Campus in four traditional residence halls: Goshen, Killinger, Schmidt and Tyson. Various types of lifestyles are offered including coeducational, single-gender living, and 24-hour quiet floors. All of our residence halls and apartment facilities are nonsmoking. Most rooms are double occupancy with the exception of temporary extended housing at the beginning of each semester. The University also provides housing for approximately 500 students in the South Campus apartment complex. Each apartment is fully furnished and houses four or five students, with bedrooms having single or double occupancy. The apartments are available to current students beyond their first year. Arrangements for these housing options are made for the academic year. In addition, the University operates the College Arms Apartments, which has units that house one to four residents and are available for the academic year.

Through University Student Housing, LLC (USH), a subsidiary of the West Chester University Foundation, the University also offers other on-campus housing options: Allegheny, Brandywine, Commonwealth, and University Halls. Referred to as Affiliated Housing, these suite-style residence halls on North Campus house more than 2,000 residents. USH also operates The Village and East Village garden-style apartment communities on WCU’s South Campus which accommodate almost 800 residents. Each four-person, fully furnished apartment offers private bedrooms and includes complete kitchens, laundry equipment, and living rooms. Allegheny Brandywine, and Commonwealth Halls are available to both incoming first-year and current students. University Hall, The Village, and East Village are available to current students beyond their first year. Housing for incoming transfer students is offered in The Village, East Village and Commonwealth Hall on a space-available basis. These facilities offer all the same opportunities found in University-owned housing but are managed separately through an arrangement with University Student Housing. All USH facilities are also nonsmoking.

Housing Assignments

The Office of Residence Life and Housing Services makes the housing assignments for students living in all University-owned housing. University Student Housing completes housing arrangements for all affiliated housing communities. All assignments are made without discrimination. Only individuals of the same gender will be assigned as roommates, suite mates, or in the same apartment unit. Each room has basic furnishings for comfortable living, and students may make it more homelike with their own accessories. During orientation students are informed about the services and equipment furnished in each facility and those necessities that they must bring themselves. Lounge and recreation areas, televisions, and a variety of other facilities and conveniences provide a pleasant setting for student life in each residence hall. Services are also available in a central location within the South Campus apartment complexes.

Facilities and Services

A variety of facilities and services are offered in each of the North Campus residence halls. Lounges and recreational areas are located throughout the buildings. Laundry rooms are supplied with coin-operated washers and dryers except in Allegheny, Brandywine, Commonwealth, and University Halls where laundry equipment use is free. Vending machines are available in a central location for snacks and beverages, and each hall has a common-area kitchen. In some locations, students may also use funds on their WCU RAM e-CARD (ID card) for vending. In addition, each room has basic cable television, and each residence hall has a computer room for students’ use (except University Hall). Computer access via the University LAN (Local Area Network) is also available from all bedrooms on campus via hard-wire connections, except in Allegheny Brandywine and Commonwealth Halls, the South Campus Apartment Complex, and the College Arms Apartments, where wireless service is available.

In the South Campus apartment communities, a central services building has an information desk, mailboxes, and recreation areas. At the South Campus Apartments, each complex building has a laundry room with coin-operated washers and dryers. In the Village and East Village, laundry facilities are provided in each apartment. Bus service is provided to North Campus during the academic year with limited service over the summer. All housing facilities have a full fire suppression system and an upgraded fire detection system.

Student-Supplied Furnishings

 All student rooms contain basic furnishings for living and studying; room dimensions are described on our web page. Closets are large enough for seasonal supplies and clothes and bureaus contain sufficient drawer space for personal belongings. Desks are available to serve as work areas. In the apartment complexes, the living room/dining area is also furnished and carpeted. Students will need to bring blankets, linens, curtains (blinds are provided), towels, wastebaskets, pillows, hangers, and fans. The South Campus apartment communities and Allegheny, Brandywine, Commonwealth and University Halls are central air-conditioned. Every bedroom in Goshen, Killinger, and Tyson Halls has an air conditioner, although common areas such as bathrooms and lounges are not air-conditioned. The College Arms Apartments have one window air conditioner in each apartment. Students in Schmidt hall who have a medical need for an air conditioner may have one supplied by the University if proper documentation is provided and an additional fee is paid. Residents may decorate their rooms or apartments by hanging posters and pictures from the special molding attached to the walls. Televisions, stereos, hair dryers, and computers are permitted. Candles and any open flames are prohibited in any housing facility for safety reasons. Cooking appliances other than microwaves (such as coffeepots and hot plates) are permitted in the apartment communities only. For health reasons, pets are not allowed in any University-owned housing facility. West Chester University’s insurance policy does not include coverage for damage to or theft of students’ personal property. Students may have their belongings engraved by contacting the Department of Public Safety. Please be sure that your insurance policy covers your student’s property.

Addresses

 When writing to your student, please use the following addresses:
  • Goshen, Killinger, Tyson and Schmidt Halls:
    Name
    Room Number and Residence Hall
    West Chester University
    West Chester, PA 19383-XXXX*
  • University Hall only:
    Name
    (Suite Number) University Hall
    West Chester University
    180 University Avenue
    West Chester, PA 19383
  • Allegheny Hall only:
    Name
    (Suite Number) Allegheny Hall
    West Chester University
    121 W. Rosedale Avenue
    West Chester, PA 19383
  • Allegheny Hall only:
    Name
    (Suite Number) Brandywine Hall
    West Chester University
    709 S. New Street
    West Chester, PA 19383
  • Commonwealth Hall only:
    Name
    (Suite Number) Commonwealth Hall
    715 S. New Street
    West Chester, PA 19383

*Please use nine-digit zip codes for each hall.

  • South Campus Apartments:
    Name
    [Building #] South Campus Dr., Apt. [Apt. Letter] [Room #]
    Mailbox Number
    West Chester, PA 19382-2401
  • The Village Apartments:
    Name
    Building Number (e.g., 183) Carey Drive, Apt. (unit number-bedroom letter [e.g., 11-A])
    West Chester, PA 19382-2401
  • East Village Apartments:
    Name
    Building Number (e.g., 250) East Carey Drive, Apt. (unit number-bedroom letter [e.g., 11-A])
    West Chester, PA 19382-2401
  • College Arms Apartments:
    Name
    [Building #] S. High Street, Apt. [Apt. letter and/or number]
    West Chester, PA 19382