WSU 101: 10 things to make college life more manageable

WSU student enjoys coffee at the Braeburn Square Starbucks

Stay caffeinated

For coffee connoisseurs, WSU holds many options, including two Starbucks locations. The Groundhouse at Shocker Hall serves local Reverie Roasters coffee. Fairmount Coffee Co., located just south of campus, is another popular local spot for students nursing a caffeine addiction.



Shockers eating in the Shocker Hall dining facility

Fuel up between classes

Feeling like a burger or tacos? Try Freddy’s or Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes in the Rhatigan Student Center. Want a little more variety? There are a few other restaurants in the RSC, or you could try the Shocker Dining Hall down the sidewalk. For students seeking regular meals through Shocker Dining, they can purchase Shocker Dollars or a meal plan through WSU Dining Services. Braeburn Square on the east side of campus also has dining options, including Fuzzy's Taco Shop!


Canned food items in the Shocker Support Locker

Shocker Support Locker

The locker aims to alleviate food insecurity on campus and contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of all students, faculty and staff by providing a variety of nutritional and functional resources to Shockers at no cost. The Locker is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Grace Wilkie Hall room 103. The locker contains a variety of non-perishable food items including fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains, as well as hygiene products and textbooks.




The parking garage near the Rhatigan Student Center

Where are you parking?


Student parking passes are available for $150 per year or $75 a semester through WSU ePermits. Students park in green lots, while faculty and staff park in yellow lots. Students can also park for free at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex at the intersection of 29th St. and Oliver, and use the WSU shuttle system to get to campus.


International students preparing for an event

Struggling with a class?

Biochemistry and calculus can be killer. Many colleges and programs provide a lab space for students seeking assistance, and WSU provides multiple options as a whole. The Office of Student Success provides many options for students seeking assistance with topics ranging from public speaking to economics. For selected classes, students can also attend weekly Supplemental Instruction sessions to review course topics.



WSU student receives treatment at Student Health Services

Manage your health and stress

College can be an incredibly stressful time of life for many people. Counseling and Prevention Services in Grace Wilkie Hall room 320 is equipped with resources for mental health support for the WSU community. The Office of Student Success helps students achieve their academic, financial and personal goals through multiple services administered by the office. Additionally, Student Health Services in Ahlberg Hall provides many free and low-cost health resources in a timely manner.



Students participate in the Walk-A-Mile event

Find your tribe

There are a lot of events on campus. There are also a lot of organizations hosting the events. At first it can all be overwhelming. Part of being a Shocker is being a part of the campus community, and Student Involvement is the hub of many of the organizations that make up that community. Whether you’re interested in Greek life or Student Government Association, Student Involvement can help you get there.



Shockers cheer the home team on in a men's basketball game

Free stuff!

Who doesn’t like free stuff, especially on our budget?

Students who have paid tuition and student fees receive access to Campus Recreation at the Heskett Center, as well as free tickets to Shocker Athletics games, Fine Arts events and the Ulrich Museum of Art. WSU students also receive free membership to the YMCA.





Cardio room at the Heskett Center

Stay active

Ever heard of the freshman 15? For many students, college is an entirely new lifestyle, and it can be hard on the body. Staying active will help your productivity and stress management. Maybe you’ll hit the gym, or perhaps you’ll join an intramural? For a really intense workout, you might give Shocker Fit a shot, including classes like F45 and GlideFit. It’s all included in your student fees.



Jardine Hall at Wichita State

Feeling a little lost? Try OneStop.

It lives up to its name. If you don’t know how to find what you need at WSU, OneStop can connect you to the appropriate resource. Call 1-855-879-1787, email, or visit at Jardine Hall room 112.