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.
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.
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.