How do I fill out my Housing application?

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. At this point, they will select the 2019-2020 Academic Year Housing Application and complete all the open pages within that application.

In the spring, the page to select a room will be unlocked and we will notify you that you can go back into the application and select your room and meal plan. 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 (like loft kits, safes, etc).  

Can I see a sample room?

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 Flats and a tour of a 2 Bedroom Apartment. 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.

I've finished my application, but it's still registering as incomplete. What do I need to do?

The application will register as incomplete until the few remaining steps are completed.  Room selection is in April, but 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 housing.wsu@wichita.edu or give us a call at 316-978-3693 if you have any questions.

Do I have to live on campus?

WSU does have a Live-on Requirement for all students. The policy is listed below:

  1. 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.
  2. First-year students who meet one or more of the following criteria are exempt from this policy:
    1. Twenty-one (21) years of age or older.
    2. Transferring 24 or more credit hours.
    3. Married & living with spouse.
    4. Dependent child living with you.
    5. Residing within Greek Housing (authorized by a national chapter recognized by WSU).
    6. Living with an approvable relative (parent/legal guardian, grandparent, aunt or uncle) within the greater Sedgwick County area.
      1. Greater Sedgwick County includes: Butler, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Reno, Sedgwick, and Sumner.
    7. Enrolled in less than 12 credit hours per semester (enrolled part-time).

First-year 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 Exemption Request at the top of the page. A Housing staff member will respond to your request within 3 business days.

When is Move-In?

Move-In for the 2019-20 Academic Year is scheduled for Thursday, August 15th and Friday, August 16th from 8AM to 3PM both days. Specifics on which students can move in on which day will be provided in the Spring. 

I'm graduating at Winter Break (or leaving town for an internship in the Spring). What do I need to do about my Housing contract?

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 our assignments coordinator at jenny.beyer@wichita.edu to let her know your plans and she 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 housing.wsu@wichita.edu or call 316-978-3693.

How do I get a job working for Housing?

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. Community Development Specialists can live on or off and plan programs for the residents to build community and engagement within the buildings. Desk Assistants work at one or both of the Information Desks in the buildings. Student Facilities Assistants work with our facilities team to complete custodial or maintenance tasks. Student Administrative Assistants work closely with the building Residence Life Coordinators to complete tasks around the office. For more information on job openings and how to apply, visit our Employment Opportunities page.

What kind of parking permit do I need for Shocker Hall or The Flats?

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 Jardine Hall room 201 with cash or check to purchase that parking pass.  Residents of Shocker Hall can park in any Green or Green/Yellow striped lot on campus.  The closest one to Shocker Hall is just east of Cessna Stadium, close to 21st street.

Do I have to have a meal plan?

All residents must have a meal plan. Residents in Shocker Hall must purchase one of the three Unlimited Plans. Residents living in The Suites or 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.

I didn't use all of my meal plan money, can I get a refund?

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.

Does WSU have Gender Neutral Housing?

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.

What should I do if I need a special accommodation?

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.

I am a WSU Tech student. Can I live on campus at WSU?

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. At this point, they will select the 2019-2020 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.