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HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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Can students leave their belongings in the residence halls over the holiday breaks?
Yes, Fairmount Towers and Shocker Hall are open from the official move-in date in August through the official hall closing in May. There are no additional charges for break periods if a resident has contracted for both semesters.

Do the residence halls have wireless internet?
Yes, all of the Wichita State University campus is on a secure wifi network. Each room is equipped with a port for an Ethernet cord and cable TV. The Help Desk at the library provides free services in assisting students in accessing the network.

When is the application due?
Applications are processed in March and room assignments are made for the following semester on a first come first served basis. You can apply online starting in October of the previous year by logging in to your myWSU account and selecting Campus Housing.

Can freshmen have vehicles on campus?
Yes, all students can have vehicles on campus. Shocker Hall residents need to purchase a Shocker Hall parking pass and they will have access to the Orange Lot, which is reserved for Shocker Hall residents only. Fairmount Towers residents need to reserve a pass online as well, but their pass is free. This decal is only available to Fairmount Towers residents and allows them to park in the gated parking lot beside Fairmount Towers.

Are the restaurants on campus included in the meal plan?
Yes, each meal plan comes with Shocker Dollars or “flex-dollars”. These can be used at Pizza Hut, Erbert and Gerbert's, Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, and Fast Break. Shocker Dollars can also be used in the Groundhouse and Shocker Dining.

Do the students bring their own vacuum cleaner?
Each residence hall has vacuum cleaners that students can check out from the front desk. Students are also free to bring their own.

Are the residence halls co-ed?
Yes, all residence halls on campus are co-ed by suite. Roommates and suitemates will be of the same sex.

What are the safety precautions that the dorms have?
Each building requires an electronic swipe code to get inside the buildings that only students living there have. To access the student’s room, a separate access keycard or fob is needed that only the student and the student’s roommate have. Resident Assistants complete rounds of the building each night to ensure exterior doors are not propped and there are no concerns in the halls. Wichita State University also has their own University Police Department with fully commissioned police officers that are frequently in the residence halls, getting to know the students and ensuring a safe environment. The HRL staff is also on call 365 days/year from 5pm-8am during the weekday and 24 hours/day on the weekend. The campus also provides emergency phones on 22 poles with blue lights throughout campus, with several of these located around the residence halls. These phones connect directly to UPD.

What appliances can they bring into the room?
Mini refrigerators (4.9 cubic ft and under), microwaves (less than 0.9 cubic ft), and coffee pots with self-contained heating elements are permitted. Space heaters, halogen lamps, sun lamps, barbeque grills, dishwashers, freezers, exterior antennas and satellite dishes are prohibited. Appliances with open heat sources such as: toasters, George Foreman grills and candle warmers, are not permitted in Fairmount or Shocker Hall.

Can I change my meal plan if I have too few or too many meals?
Meal plans can be altered before September 14 for the fall semester, and by February 14 for the spring semester. Shocker dollars can be added at any time to any meal plan.

How do they keep students on track for academics?
Fairmount Towers offers specialty floors that group residents of similar majors. Resident Assistants that reside on each floor help residents by providing connections to resources on campus, as well as offering programs based on the academic needs of the students.

How many students actually live on campus?
Wichita State University can house approximately 1,300 students. Currently we are housing approximately 1,100 students.

Can my child live at home?
All freshmen are required to live on campus, unless their situations fall under certain exemptions. The following are acceptable exemptions from living on campus:

  • The student will be living with parents or legal guardians in the Greater Wichita Area.
  • The student will be living with an aunt, uncle or grandparent in the Greater Sedgwick County Area.
  • The student is married or will be married prior to the first day of classes at WSU.
  • The student will be taking fewer than 12 credit hours.
  • The student plans on living in Greek housing.
  • The student has already lived on campus for two full semesters.
  • The student is 21 years of age.

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Do we have a curfew?
No, the Office of Housing and Residence Life does not regulate curfews for students.

Can we move the furniture? (i.e. bunk beds, re-arrange dressers)
Yes, furniture can be rearranged into a living space that is more accommodating to you and your roommate. Our beds can be lofted or bunked to allow more space within the room. However, no furniture can be removed from the rooms.

How do you choose your roommate?
When completing the housing application, both students must request the other as a roommate. Both students’ WSU ID’s must also be on the application. If you do not have a specific roommate in mind, roommates will be chosen based on preferences such as sleeping, guest and studying habits.

What are the meal plan options over the holiday breaks?
Over Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and Spring Break the dining hall will be closed. However, the dining hall remains open over Fall Break.

Can you decorate your room by hanging things on the wall?
Yes, but only using removable painters tape, white poster putty, Command Strips or other temporary mounting devices. No more than 50% of each wall space may be covered. Residents are responsible for any damage caused to the wall, even if they use the recommended adhesives.

What do we do if we don’t like our roommate?
Students should first go to their Resident Assistant to discuss any issues that may be having with their roommate. If the issue cannot be resolved, the student may request a room change.

What types of social events do we offer at the residence halls?
Each residence hall has an Activities Council that is designated to create fun activities and social events for all residents. These councils hold events such as dances, potluck dinners, food drives and friendly competitions.

Do I have to keep my room and bathroom clean?
Yes, it is the responsibility of the residents to keep their private living space clean. All suitemates are responsible for the cleanliness of their shared space. Residents will undergo a monthly Health and Safety Check to ensure that their rooms are being held to HRL standards. Cleaning supplies are offered at the information desk for use, as well as a vacuum. Residents may be subjected to charges if the room is not kept sanitary.

Do I have to live on campus?
All freshmen are required to live on campus, unless their situations fall under certain exemptions. The following are acceptable exemptions from living on campus:

  • The student will be living with parents or legal guardians in the Greater Wichita Area.
  • The student will be living with an aunt, uncle or grandparent in the Greater Sedgwick County Area.
  • The student is married or will be married prior to the first day of classes at WSU.
  • The student will be taking fewer than 12 credit hours.
  • The student plans on living in Greek housing.
  • The student has already lived on campus for two full semesters.
  • The student is 21 years of age.

What do the Resident Assistants (RA’s) do for the students?
Resident Assistants are guides for when a student is having difficulties with academics, adjusting to college life, or a friend for when a student is going through a hard time. RA’s put on programs based on what the students in their hall may want or need, provide information on bulletin boards, and build a sense of community among the residents. RAs also act as a bridge between the residents and the Office of Housing and Residence Life. However, RA’s acts as an authority figure when in need, as well as help to ensure the safety and comfort of residents by upholding the rules and policy’s provided in the HRL handbook.

What is the guest and overnight guest policy?
There are no set visitation hours in Fairmount Towers or Shocker Hall. Residents may have overnight guests of the same sex or the opposite sex, as long as the roommates are all comfortable with the guests. Residents are expected to accompany their guests at all time and are responsible for the guest’s actions. Guests can only stay 3 consecutive nights unless special permission is given by the Residence Hall Director.

Can freshmen have vehicles on campus?
Yes, all students can have vehicles on campus. Residents will receive a parking pass, which is included in your room and board. We do not provide reserved, or specific, parking spots, but only provide a lot for every residence hall.

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Do my meals roll over from week to week?
Most of our meal plans are based on a weekly schedule and reset every Thursday night; therefore these meals do not roll over. This gives us an accurate and consistent estimate of the food needed to be prepared at each of our locations from week to week. Meal plans that are called ticket plans are based on a semester schedule.

What is the difference between a meal plan and Shocker Dollars?
Shocker Dollars are just like having a bank account with WSU, with your Shocker Card acting as a debit card at many locations on and around campus. Using Shocker Dollars is also tax free and able to be used at all WSU Dining Services locations (See Map for locations). Meal Plans allow you to budget your meals during a semester. Most of our Meal Plans even come with Shocker Dollars to add additional flexibility.

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PNG ImageLiving Learning Community FAQs

What is a Living Learning Community?
A Living Learning Community (LLC) is a group of students who choose to live together
to expand their education through shared learning experiences that go beyond the
classroom. Students enjoy a built in support system, personal attention and mentoring,
leadership opportunities, and an enhanced sense of community. Participating in a Living
Learning Community can help you make the most of your time at Wichita State
University.

What Living Learning Communities does Wichita State University offer?
Wichita State University offers 10 unique Living Learning Communities so you can choose the best fit for you. 

  • Business
  • Civic Leadership
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Recreation and Wellness
  • Health Professions
  • Honors
  • DiverseCity

How do I get involved in a Living Learning Community (LLC)?
First, students indicate whether or not they are interested in being a part of an LLC on the Housing  Application. Students are then placed in LLCs based on preference, availability and openings. Beyond living together, many LLC students take some of the same classes. All LLCs also feature special programming focused around the theme of the LLC as well as opportunities to interact with faculty and staff in unique ways.

Do Living Learning Communities make a difference?
Absolutely. Research shows that students in Living Learning Communities feel “connected” earlier, make friends more easily, perform better in their classes, and graduate at higher rates than students who choose not to live in LLCs.

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Have Other Questions? Please Contact Us!

Housing and Residence Life
1845 Fairmount Box 141
Wichita, KS 67260-0141
316-978-3693        Email

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