The Housing application and contract (application and contract are all one process) are located within a student's myWSU portal. When a student logs in, they will look under the Student Tools headline in the center column and select the Campus Housing link. If you are wanting to move in for the upcoming Spring semester only, select the Spring Only Application, which also opens on October 1. Once the application and payments are complete, you will receive an email from our Assignments Coordinator regarding your next steps and a room assignment.
For students applying for the 2024-25 Academic Year, the page to select a room will be unlocked in late March, so that you can go back into the application and select your room and meal plan. You will be notified via email when this page is available to you. In the summer, more pages will be unlocked so students can go back in and tell us their planned arrival date, and whether they want to purchase any optional rentals (mini fridges and safes).
Please review the Contract Terms and Conditions for full details on the contract.
WSU Undergraduate Admissions provides campus tours regularly that include a visit to Shocker Hall and a tour of a sample room (Double 2 Bedroom Suite). They also provide an Innovation Campus tour that includes a stop at The Suites to see a 2 Bedroom suite. Tours of a sample room at The Flats are unavialable at this time due to full capacity in the building. To schedule a campus tour, please visit the Admissions webpage.
Unfortunately, not every type of room is avaible to view throughout the year as they are occupied by current residents or summer camp/conference participants. Floorplans, pictures, and videos of various room types are available to view on the Campus Housing Options page.
On February 15, the next phase of the application opens, and students are able to login and fill out additional information about them to match with potential roommates. Students can begin creating roommate groups at this point in the application. To find a roommate, you can use the keyword search function, for example your major, age, hobbies, religious affiliation, LLC group, etc. If you have a specific person in mind, you can search by their name or screen name. Once you are linked as a confirmed roommate (you can choose up to 6), there is a helpful video at the bottom of this page (https://www.wichita.edu/student_life/housing/Apply_For_Housing.php) that explains what to do during room selection when a roommate pulls you into a room. If you have any additional questions, please email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 316-978-3693.
The application will register as incomplete until the few remaining steps are completed. Make sure you have paid the $75 application fee and the $200 pre-payment to complete the first phase of our application.
Room selection is in the spring, and you will receive an email with a date and timeslot when you can login and select your room and meal plan. If you can't login at that designated time, you can login any time after that, as the room selection portal will remain open to you until you reserve a room. Then in the summer, you will be asked to login and confirm your arrival date. We will send you email notifications when those steps are coming up, so keep an eye on your email. Once those few steps are finished, the application should register as complete. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 316-978-3693 if you have any questions.
WSU does have a Live-on Requirement for all students. The policy is listed below:
- All first-year students, including undergraduate international students and Intensive English students (unless otherwise eligible for an exemption under provision two of this policy statement), must live in Shocker Hall, The Suites, or The Flats during their first two semesters at Wichita State University.
- First-year students who meet one or more of the following criteria are exempt from this policy:
- Twenty-one (21) years of age or older.
- Transferring 24 or more credit hours.
- Married & living with spouse.
- Dependent child living with you.
- Residing within Greek Housing (authorized by a national chapter recognized by WSU).
- Living with an approvable relative (parent/legal guardian, grandparent, aunt or uncle) within the greater Sedgwick County area.
- Greater Sedgwick County includes: Butler, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Reno, Sedgwick, and Sumner.
- Enrolled in less than 12 credit hours per semester (enrolled part-time).
Students who wish to live off campus (and do not live in Greater Sedgwick County) must complete a Housing Exemption request form. To complete this form, a student must log in to their myWSU portal, and select Campus Housing from the Student Tools box in the center of the screen. Next, select Manage My Forms at the top of the page and use the Form Selector to find the Exemption Request form. Fill out the rest of the request form as prompted. A Housing staff member will respond to your request within 3 business days.
*Regarding Greek Housing- This is a reason for exemption from the On-Campus Living Requirement, not a reason to have cancellation fees waived.
Move-In for the 2023-2024 Academic Year is scheduled for Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th from 9 AM - 5 PM. Students can move in during the week after as well. Students will need to select a time slot to move in to their building in the middle of June. Information will be sent to their student email with instructions to do so. Note: Students must be compliant with their meningitis ACYW vaccine or wavier form before they can select their move-in timeslot. Any questions about the meningitis vaccine requirements may be directed to Student Health on campus. When the student arrives on campus to move in, they should go directly to the residence hall they will be living in. Our staff will be ready to meet the residents and families there!
If you are graduating at the end of the Fall semester or moving due to an internship, just fill out your academic year housing application like normal, but then email us at email@example.com to let usknow your plans and we can adjust your contract to reflect those changes. You will not incur cancellation fees as a result of graduation or internships, but if you stay past the Fall semester end date (usually mid-December), you may have nightly fees added to your student account. If you have further questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 316-978-3693.
Housing and Residence Life has several student staff positions. Resident Assistants must live in the building and are responsible for a floor of residents. They serve as a community builder, resource, policy enforcer, and role model to the residents of the building. Office Assistants work at one or both of the Information Desks in the buildings, and within the Housing and Residence Life office performing administrative tasks as needed. Student Facilities Assistants work with our facilities team to complete custodial or maintenance tasks. Housing Ambassadors represent Housing at various events and on social media, letting everyone know how great it is to live on campus!
For more information on job openings and how to apply, visit the Handshake website administered by the Shocker Career Accelerator department for a listing of open positions.
If you would like to park in the surface lot at the Flats, you can purchase a student ePermit through your parking account online (link can be found on the top right corner of your MyWSU page). All you need for that lot is the student “green” ePermit, this permit allows residents to park in any Green or Green/Yellow striped lot on campus. If you would like a spot in the underground garage at the Flats, that will cost an additional $100 per semester and you will need to go in person to the University Police Department station with cash or check to purchase that parking pass.
All residents can park in any Green or Green/Yellow striped lot on campus when they purchase a parking permit.
All residents must have a meal plan. First-Year Residents in Shocker Hall and The Suites must purchase one of the three Unlimited Plans. Returning Residents living in The Flats may purchase any of the six residential meal plans. Exemptions are rarely granted as the Dining Services team has worked hard to provide a variety of meal options that meet all residents' dietary needs. Visit our Dining Services page for more information.
Your room and board are applied to your student account each semester. You can make payments on your Student Account Suite, which can be found in the MyFinances tab when you log into you MyWSU Account.
Your financial aid will be applied first to your tuition and fees and then will start to cover the rest of your balance, including your housing and meal plan balance. If you need to set up a payment plan to cover your costs, you can find more information here or by contacting Accounts Receivable.
Unfortunately, no. Our Dining Service provider orders food in advance based on the number of students per semester that signed up for meal plans. They have vendors that they use for their food purchases that need those numbers in advance as well. They aren't able to issue refunds because the money has already been spent for the food prepared in anticipation of each student’s needs. If you would like to bring down the cost of your meal plan, you can change your meal plan once per semester online through your housing portal, but the meal plan change form has to be submitted by the deadline, which is typically 1 week after classes start.
WSU Housing and Residence Life is committed to making each resident feel welcomed
and included in our campus communities; including an environment welcoming to all
gender identities and forms of gender expression.
Students who need special accommodation due to gender identity/expression should contact Housing and Residence Life either through the application process or by directly contacting our office. Click here for more information.
WSU requires all new on-campus housing residents to submit proof of vaccination against meningitis. To meet the vaccination requirement, you must have at least one dose of meningitis ACYW vaccine on or after your 16th birthday.
First-time residents of WSU residence halls can submit copies of their official vaccination records to any of the following:
- Upload a PDF to the myShockerhealth patient portal: www.wichita.edu/uploadhealthdocs
- In person to Student Health Services, located in the Steve Clark YMCA and Student Wellness Center
- Fax it to 316-978-4792
Please note, immunization data entered into the myShockerHealth portal by students is considered unverified until we have received documentation of your immunization records.
There is a waiver option for those with medical, religious or other exemptions pertaining to immunizations. Please contact Student Health Services at email@example.com, for information on how to request a waiver form.
There is a space on the Housing application to notify our staff of any special accommodations you may be needing. That information will be kept confidential. The Housing and Residence Life staff will then reach out to you via phone or email if there is a need to gather any additional or clarifying information. Housing has ADA accessible rooms in each of its residence halls and will do everything it can to accommodate the needs of students.
We also reccommend that students contact the Office of Disability Services on campus to see how they can best assist with any accommodations needed outside of Housing. From note-taking assistance to auxiliary aids, ODS provides students, staff, faculty and guests with an assortment of accessibility services.
Students enrolled through WSU Tech are able to reside within university housing on WSU’s main campus. Once the student has received their WSU ID and password, they may begin completing the online housing portal.
The Housing application and contract (app and contract are all one process) are located within a student's myWSU portal. When a student logs in, they will look under the Student Tools headline in the center column and select the Campus Housing link. Then, they will select the 2024-25 Academic Year Housing Application and complete all the open pages within that application.
All WSU Tech students living on campus will be required to sign up for the 'Shocker Student Experience'. By becoming a fee-paying member of Shocker Nation, all of the benefits found on WSU’s campus are yours, including all the perks, fun, and support services.
For questions about the Shocker Experience Program, please email Abbi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who wish to live off campus must complete a Housing Exemption request form. To complete this form, a student must log in to their myWSU portal, and select Campus Housing from the Student Tools box in the center of the screen. Next, select Manage My Forms at the top of the page and use the Form Selector to find the Exemption Request form. Fill out the rest of the request form as prompted. A Housing staff member will respond to your request within 3 business days.
While you are certianly welcome to continue living on campus after your first year, there are many off-campus living accommodations for you.
Check out your options here!
The contract cancelation form can be found in the Campus Housing portal within a student's myWSU account by selecting Campus Housing from the Student Tools box in the center of the screen. On the Home Tab, select Cancel My Application on the left side of the screen and make sure to select the correct term you wish to cancel. Fill out the form as prompted. For more information on canceling your contract, please read the Contract Cancellation webpage.