Living together at a big university in a small town creates strong community bonds.
Studies show that students at residential colleges—like WSU Pullman—achieve higher grades, complete more credit hours each semester, and enjoy more leadership opportunities than their peers at other institutions.
The reason is simple: the proximity and support of roommates, faculty, and resident advisors.
Everyone has a place at WSU. Just walk in, and you will be embraced. My first couple of weeks here I got sick, but my neighbors were so welcoming and warm. One of the girls on my floor got me an orange juice just to make me feel better. That was the best, most touching moment.”
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If you are a freshman under 20 years of age (and not married), you will live on campus in a residence hall for your first year at WSU Pullman.
It’s a requirement—and also a big advantage. Many students choose to live in residence halls for their entire stay at WSU.
WSU offers 18 dormitory-style residence halls, with a variety of room configurations and amenities.
Fourteen residence halls offer First-Year Focus programs, which help you find friends and study partners—and get better grades, too.
When you attend your first college courses with people who already live right next door, you get a better start.
And when you live on campus, the people and facilities you need are right here, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Focused Community Halls
Do you want to live with internationally focused domestic students? With science and engineering majors? With the University’s most dedicated scholars? In a quiet environment?
WSU offers focused theme halls that suit your living and learning style.
The newly constructed Global Scholars Hall, opening fall 2015, welcomes international and domestic students who are interested in cultural sharing and global leadership.
Science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM)
All students who plan to study science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related areas are encouraged to sign up for Stephenson Hall, where you can take First-Year Focus courses that are closer to your area of interest and live with students who are studying in similar fields.
Three residence halls—McEachern, Orton, and Rogers—are set aside for students who are at least 19 years of age. They give you the benefits of dormitory living with a bit more quiet and privacy than the all-ages halls.
If you are 20+ years of age or married (or if you have met the freshman live-in requirement), you can choose to live in a campus apartment.
The University offers nine apartment complexes: four for unmarried students, and five for married students and families.
Campus apartments have their own advantages. You still live in a student community, but you do not share a building with hundreds of other people. You have more independence and privacy. You have a full kitchen, so you can cook your own meals.
Apartments are not as close to the center of campus, but are still within easy walking distance (or a quick bus ride).
And the University is probably the best landlord you will ever have.
If you are 20+ years of age or married, or if you have met the freshman live-in requirement at another university, you also have the option of living off campus.
A wide variety of housing is available in the Pullman community. Apartments, shared houses, and private houses are all available for rent or purchase.
No matter what part of town you live in, the University campus is within walking distance or only a short bus ride away.
Reserve Your Housing
Students are strongly encouraged to arrange their housing at WSU in the Tri-Cities before arriving. If you need assistance finding housing, WSU Tri-Cities provides off-campus housing at the Guest House.