Guide to Residential Living
West Chester University
Residence Life and Housing Services
202 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19383
West Chester University believes living on campus, in the residence halls or apartments, is an integral part of your educational experience and provides you with opportunities for both personal and social growth. While living on campus, opportunities to meet new friends are endless. There is always someone willing to talk, listen or take a study break! You are encouraged to attend floor and apartment meetings and programs in order to get acquainted with the staff and the other residents of your building.
Of the 4,600 students who live on campus, the University houses approximately two thousand (2000) students in six traditional residence halls on North Campus and approximately six hundred (600) students in the Apartment Complexes. In addition, University Student Housing houses 1450 students in 3 suite-style residence halls on North Campus, plus The Village at WCU houses 524. You can choose from various types of living environments, including coeducational, single-sex living, 24-hour quiet environments, and learning communities.
All student rooms contain basic furnishings for living and studying. In addition to a bed for sleeping, closets are available for seasonal supplies of clothes; bureaus contain drawer space for personal belongings; and desks are available to serve as work areas. In the apartments, the living room/dining room area is also furnished and carpeted. Some suites have a furnished sitting area.
In each North Campus Residence Hall you will find lounges and recreational areas located throughout the buildings, laundry rooms with washers and dryers and vending machines filled with snacks and beverages that can use Ram Bucks or coins, kitchen area with a refrigerator and oven, and computer room for student use.
The South Campus area is served by two central facilities. The Clubhouse, located along South Campus Drive within the Village at WCU complex, houses the administrative offices for both the Village and the South Campus Apartment Complex (SCAC). It has a fitness room, vending machines, and a recreation area with a wide screen TV and other equipment, and is open to all apartment residents. It also has the mailboxes for the Village residents and is the information center for anyone living at South Campus. In the Apartment Complex area, there is a food service facility, open to everyone, that offers light Japanese fare and a convenience store. This building also houses the mailboxes for SCAC residents. Laundry facilities are located in each building in SCAC and within each apartment in the Village.
Basic cable programming is provided as well as the opportunity to sign up for premium cable services with a cable company contracted through the University.
The maintenance and custodial staff are on the alert for any safety or health problems within the buildings or complexes. On North Campus, there are security officers who are posted in each residence hall lobby from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am each day in addition to the Public Safety officers who also patrol the campus. There is a guest sign in procedure, and every entrance to each residence hall has a security camera which is monitored at the Public Safety dispatch center.
At South Campus, a security officer will be on-duty each night beginning at 7:00 p.m. This security officer will patrol the grounds of the complexes, including the surrounding parking areas. Security officers on both North and South Campuses will provide assistance in the event of injury, vandalism, maintenance, crime or other emergency situations.
In addition, as part of a community policing initiative, WCU police officers conduct bike, foot and vehicle patrols of the campus, residence halls and South Campus complexes. Public Safety can be reached at any time by dialing 610-436-3311.
All residence halls are equipped with a card access security system which is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents will need to have their WCU Ram E Card (identification card) with them at all times to gain access to their building. They will also need to meet guests at the front entrance to let them in and guests will be expected to follow the sign in process.
Living on campus provides you with many chances to get involved in the University Community. The residence life staff in your building or complex is committed to providing you with a variety of opportunities to get to know others in your community, explore who you are, what you think about different topics, and enhance your academic experience. We are always looking for your ideas, input and involvement in the different programs that occur in the buildings, so share your ideas.