Move In Guide
Making Your Home on the Hill
WKU Move-In Guide
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.
WKU Housing & Residence Life provides a move in process that is a quick and efficient experience for our students and their families and friends.
All move-in options require students to sign up for a move-in timeslot.
WKU & Bowling Green Community
Help us roll out the Big Red Carpet to welcome Hilltoppers Home to the Hill!
The residence halls open for the spring semester on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 8 AM. Students may move in anytime; please check-in to your residence hall before 11:59 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2024.
Students newly assigned to Hilltopper and Rodes Harlin Halls may move in anytime on or after Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
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.
Healthy & Clean
Cleaning supplies (i.e. sanitizing wipes, broom, dust pan)
First Aid Kit
Laundry Supplies (hamper, detergent, hangers) - Laundry is free!
Medication (prescribed and/or over the counter)
Personal Hand Sanitizer
Shower Shoes (sandals/flip flops to wear in the shower)
Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)
Towels & Washcloths
- Drying Rack for damp clothes/shoes/backpack (for those days you get caught in the rain!)
Prepared to Learn
Study/Desk Supplies (pens, paper, stapler, highlighters, post its, paper clips, etc.)
For a Good Night’s Rest
Bed Linens (XL Twin)
Blanket / Comforter
Foam mattress topper
Dish Rags / Sponge
Microwave (1,000 watts or less)
Plates / Cups
Refrigerator (5 cubic feet or less)
*Any cooking appliance (except microwave, fridge, and coffee pot) must be used in the residence hall kitchen. Ice machines are available in the vending areas.
Make It Your Own
Rug (5’x7’ work great!)
- Collapsible rolling wagon (for bringing items to/from vehicle)
*Hallways should be clear of obstructions, including but not limited to, welcome mats, decorations, boxes, etc.
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
- Surge Protector - must be UL listed - for use with computer equipment, TVs, game consoles, and sound equipment only.
Trash and recycling cans are provided. Replacement bags are available at the front desk.
Our policies regarding adhesives, surge protectors, extension cords, and more can be found in our Hilltopics Handbook for Residence Hall Living.
Pets (Fish are Permitted)
Wall and Ceiling Stickers
When decorating your room, be mindful of what you are using to hang items on the walls. Any damage to the walls may result in a damage charge upon move-out.
(Douglas Keen, Gilbert, Hugh Poland, McCormack, Minton, Pearce Ford Tower, Rodes Harlin)
Use low-stick adhesives
(painter's tape, command hooks)
While these adhesives are less likely to cause damage, please be aware that they still may result in a damage charge if used incorrectly.
(Bates, Hilltopper, McLean, Meredith, Munday, Normal, Regents, Southwest, Zacharias)
For more information, visit our Hilltopics Handbook for Residence Hall Living.
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.
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.
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
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.
Find an issue in your room or in your residence hall? Submit a maintenance request through the WKU Housing Portal.
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.
A parking permit is required for students to park on campus. You can purchase a parking permit after receiving your housing assignment.
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.
You will need your WKU ID to enter your residence hall. If you do not have your WKU ID, plan to visit the WKU ID Center prior to moving in.
The WKU ID Center is open Monday-Friday, 8 AM-4:30 PM. Opening weekend hours are also available Saturday, August 19, 8 AM-Noon, and Sunday, August 20, Noon-4 PM. The ID Center is located on the second floor of the Downing Student Union (DSU).
Contact our main office or your residence hall director