Housing and Dining

Home » Families



Once a WOLF, always a WOLF!

When you decide to attend at Western, you become family!

University Housing is no different than any other department of campus.
Our students are at the very heart of everything that we do. 



Fall Term has come and gone – with all that it had to offer: Move In Day, New Student Week, Haunted Halls, Mid Terms, Finals and Winter Break. Winter Term now, is well underway, and we are honored to have your student live and learn here with us on campus!

Finals are not far off and then Spring Break will offer a well-deserved respite from the focus, the studies and the pressure of college life.  Spring Break will also offer you the perfect opportunity to talk to your student about their plans for next year. . . 


Upcoming events

Resources for Parents and Families

In Support of your Student

As a parent or family member of a WOU student, you have a unique opportunity to support and influence your student throughout their college career – especially as they transition to college for their first term.

Whether your student is a first-year student or transferred to Western to finish their degree,  use the resources that we have here in support of your student and their college career at Western Oregon University.


Designed to continue the process of empowering your student to take responsibility for the quality of their life on campus. Remember:

“Empowering your student to advocate for themselves is a necessary life skill” – Dr. Kristin M. Mauro, Ph.D., Western Oregon University

  1. Remember, you need to submit your FAFSA to be considered for Financial Aid – Have you done that? See: FAFSA – Apply for Aid
  2. Have you given any thought about where you want to live next year?
  3. How is your roommate(s)?  Are you interested in living with a roommate(s) next year?  – or – Living by yourself?
  4. Have you talked to your friends? What are their plans for the coming year?
  5. Do you know of important deadlines if you want to renew your housing for next year? See: Housing Renewal
  6. Your Resident Assistant should be a good resource for you – Have you talked to them?

Your student has lived on campus for a term now.  How are they doing – it is time to find out – and help out a bit, if needed.

  1. Have you checked with Financial Aid to see how your Aid next year will cover your choice of housing?
  2. Remember  – talk to your RA – they can be great resources!
  3. Are you coming home for Spring Break? (5 pm, March 18 – Noon, March 27) If so, do  you know what you want to bring home with you? Remember to include things that you will no longer need. Start a list of items that you will need for the coming term.
  4. Have you checked your university email to see if Housing has sent you updated information?
  5. Are there any steps that you need to take now to be able to renew your on-campus housing next year? See: Housing Renewal Timeline
  6. Have you checked out resources for finding a roommate?

It is April. Housing Renewal starts in May. How is your student doing – and – are they weighing their options for the coming year?

  1. How did you do on your mid-terms – do you feel like you  are doing well – or do you need some help? See Student Affairs resources above.
  2. Registration for next term starts soon – or has started. Have you talked to your advisor about classes for next term?
  3. Do you know what your schedule will be for Spring Term? Do you have a back-up in case you can’t get a class that you need/want?
  4. Do you have any holds on your file?
  5. Have you considered the Benefits of Living on Campus next year?

This is your student’s second term (at least) on campus. Still – check in with them. See how they are dealing with all the new changes and the academic challenges that college has brought. 

  1. Finals are coming – are you taking care of yourself? What are you doing to manage stress?
  2. What are your plans for housing next year? Do you have  a back-up plan if your first choice on campus is full? Is the person in your group with the earliest selection timeslot (or are you) ready to access their Renewal link on their Housing Overview page at their start time to choose a space?
  3. When is your last exam? When (if living on campus) do you need to be out of the residence halls?
  4. Have you checked in with your Advisor to calculate your GPA for the term?

WHAT is it like to live on campus?

It is an amazing experience and one you won’t want to miss!

When you live on campus, you will be welcomed into a  safe, supported and inclusive community where you will not only be able to pursue your educational goals, but also have the tools, opportunities and resources to grow personally and to make memories and connections to last a lifetime. 

On Campus living is your
returning student’s best bet

Here’s why:

Living on campus is safe, ultra convenient and in the long run –
Your student’s most economical choice for living.

Whether you have a student who is a new incoming First-Year student, or an Upper-Division student either currently living on campus or transferring to Western. You will save money and you will save time – all while knowing that your student is living with friends and peers, surrounded by an entire network that is  set up and dedicated to support your student – Academically, Socially and Personally.


University Housing operates under a shared mission. That mission is supported by our departmental vision, and we strive to support that vision through our Core Values. And what is behind this mission that we have dedicated ourselves to?  Simple –