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Making Your Home on the Hill

Congratulations on your decision to attend WKU! We know this is a very exciting, yet stressful time in your life as you begin preparing for your move on campus. We are here to help!


Before you move into a residence hall, you need to submit a housing agreement. If you have not applied for housing yet, you can do so now.

Apply for Housing



M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan is WKU's transition program for all new undergraduate students and is designed to help you smoothly transition to your new life as a Hilltopper. When you attend M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, you get to move in early to get acclimated to campus before classes begin.

Learn More & Sign Up



WKU Housing Restart Plan

WKU Housing & Residence Life is committed to creating a rich, robust out-of-classroom student experience where students learn about themselves and others, experience meaningful connections, and realize their peak potential. In doing so, we reinforce our primary goals of delivering quality, effective student services while caring deeply for students and investing in their personal and academic success. 

View the Full Housing Restart Plan


WKU Housing Restart Video Preview




 move in 2020

WKU Housing & Residence Life has modified the move in process for all students to provide a safe and efficient experience for our students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students have three move in options to choose from and are required to sign up for a move-in timeslot. 

Move In Options 



The residence halls open for the spring semester on

Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8 AM

Students may move in anytime; please check in to your residence hall before 11:59 pm, Tuesday, January 19, 2021.


Students assigned to Hilltopper, Northeast, and Rodes Harlin Halls may move in anytime on or after

Monday, January 4, 2021



Your residence hall room will soon become your "home away from home" and we want you to bring whatever items you will need to make it comfortable. Below is a list of suggested items to get you started. 

*Please note that items cannot be placed directly in front of the HVAC unit.


 Stay Safe, Healthy & Clean
  • Cleaning supplies (i.e. sanitizing wipes, broom, dust pan)

  • Face Masks

  • First Aid Kit

  • Flashlight

  • Laundry Supplies (hamper, detergent, hangers) - Laundry is free!

  • Medication (prescribed and/or over the counter)

  • Personal Hand Sanitizer

  • Shower Caddy

  • Shower Shoes (sandals/flip flops to wear in the shower)

  • Thermometer

  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)

  • Towels & Washcloths

  • Umbrella/Rain Jacket

 Prepared to Learn
  • Study/Desk Supplies (pens, paper, stapler, highlighters, post its, paper clips, etc.)

  • Backpack


 For a Good Night’s Rest
  • Bed Linens (XL Twin)

  • Blanket / Comforter

  • Pillows


 Eating In 
  • Coffee Maker

  • Cooking/Eating Utensils

  • Dish Rags / Sponge

  • Dish Soap

  • Microwave (1,000 watts or less)

  • Plates / Cups

  • Pots/Pans

  • Refrigerator (5 cubic feet or less)

*Any cooking appliance (except coffee pot) must be used in the residence hall kitchen. Ice machines are available in the vending areas.

 Be Connected
  • Phone charger

  • Computer – Learn About Campus Computer Labs

  • Ethernet Cable – Learn About Campus Wifi & Hardwire Internet

  • Television & Coax Cable – Learn About Campus Television

  • Game Console – Learn How to Connect

  • Stamps and envelopes

  • Blu-Ray/DVD Player

  • Stereo/Speaker


 Make It Your Own
  • Decorations

  • Posters/Photos

  • Rug (5’x7’ work great!)

  • Stackable Crates/Bins



 Alcoholic Beverages/Containers


 Concrete Blocks

 Contact Paper


 Electric Grills


 Halogen Lamps

 Hot Plates

 Pets (Fish are Permitted)

 Space Heaters

 Wall and Ceiling Stickers



NSSI College Student Personal Property Insurance | Cover everything in your dorm room and backpack! Video Preview


WKU urges each student to purchase some form of insurance, whether it be renters insurance or a rider on their parent's homeowner's insurance. The University is not liable for theft, damage or loss of personal belongings that may occur while living in the residence hall.  

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WKU laundry rooms are equipped with High-Efficiency washing machines and operate at no extra charge for you.

For best results, use High-Efficiency detergent. 

Pre-measured HE liquid packets are also recommended & are convenient.


Laundry View Monitoring

LaundryView Monitoring

To view the status of your laundry machines online, go to www.laundryview.com.

Enter Western Kentucky University in the search bar. 

*We recommend bookmarking this page


Learn More About Laundry



The WKU Information Technology Services New Student Technology Guide can help you get connected to the Wi-Fi and connect your gaming and streaming devices.


Get Started



Find an issue in your room or in your residence hall? There are several ways to submit a maintenance request. 


Submit a Maintenance Request

*We recommend bookmarking or saving your preferred option in your phone.

 Please note: if maintenance staff is required to enter your room when you are present, for the safety of you and our staff, you will be required to put on a face mask or leave the room.



It's important for you to be familiar with all residence hall procedures and policies.

You can find everything you need to know, including our policies on visitation, quiet hours, security, and more in our Hilltopics Handbook for Residence Hall Living.


Hilltoppics Handbook for Residence Hall Living



A parking permit is required for students to park on campus.


Housing Parking Map  Purchase Your Parking Permit  WKU Parking & Transportation


For questions regarding parking and transportation, please contact the WKU Office of Parking & Transportation at transportation@wku.edu or (270)745-2361.




 WKU requires all first-year students, with less than 2 regular session semesters, living on campus under the age of 21 to participate in one of the on-campus meal plans. This requirement is not influenced by changes in class standing that may occur during the student's first year at WKU.

Learn More & Sign Up  WKU Restaurant Group



Contact our main office or your residence hall director.


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