Living On Campus
Housing and Meal Plan Rates
Per semester rates for different undergraduate housing options for 2019-2020 can be found below. Graduate Housing rates can be found in the graduate housing section of this website:
The Quad and Windham* - $3,614 per semester
Commonwealth Hall* - $4,250 per semester
LaRiviere Center* - $4,510 per semester
Gateway Village - $3,972 per semester
Evergreen Village - $6,071 per semester
Southwood Hall (double room) - $6,160 per semester
Southwood Hall (single room) - $6,776 per semester
* - The Quad, Windham, Commonwealth and LaRiviere all require either a 7 Day All Access Meal Plan (for first year students) or a 5 Day All Access Meal Plan (available for sophomores).
Meal Plan Rates:
7 Day All Access - $3,403 per semester
5 Day All Access - $3,313 per semester
115 Meal Plan (includes 350 Bear Bucks and 10 Magic Meals) - $1,905 per semester
85 Meal Plan (includes 300 Bear Bucks) - $1,424 per semester
55 Meal Plan (includes 150 Bear Bucks) - $911
The policies developed by the University exist to provide students, individually and collectively, as members of a larger community with a frame of reference and specific expectations to promote good judgment and informed decision making. These policies are not simply a list of necessary restrictions or limitations on behavior or use of physical space; they exist to inform students of both their rights and their responsibilities as resident students. Policies are designed to help ensure personal safety, care of University property, and the development of an orderly and respectful environment conducive to academic achievement and personal growth. Resident students should refer to the 2018-2019 Resident Student Housing Agreement and other information distributed throughout the year for a full description of all relevant guidelines, policies, and procedures. Behavior contrary to University policies and/or local, state, and federal laws and ordinances are addressed through established disipline review processes. Refer to your Student Code of Conduct, found in the Student Handbook, for clarification. An additional resource includes the Definitions and Appeal brouchure for the student judicial system.
In the case of emergency, be sure that you are familiar with the evacuation plan for the residence areas and the Emergency Assembly Points.
Are Students Required to Live on Campus?
Because the value of the Western New England University educational experience is found not only inside the classroom but also in the broader campus community, Western New England University requires all first-time, full-time undergraduate students to live on campus for their first and second years at the University. This policy is effective fall 2019 and does not impact students who enrolled prior to fall 2019.
Exceptions to this policy will be made under the following circumstances:
- The student matriculated at the University before fall 2019.
- The student is a transfer from another college or university.
- The student is living at home with a parent or legal guardian within a 50 mile radius of the University (determined by zip code).
- The student is 21 years of age by September 1.
- The student is married or in a domestic partnership.
- The student has a diagnosed medical condition qualifying under the Americans with Disabilities Act that affects their ability to successfully live on campus. Documentation and a written recommendation from a treating physician to live off campus must be submitted to Student Disability Services for approval.
Requests for other exceptions to this policy must be made in writing to the Office of Residence Life at least one week before the first day of classes for the given semester, and may be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the extenuating circumstances.
Students who fall under this policy and are not granted an exception will be charged for campus housing as of the first day of classes regardless of whether or not they take occupancy. First year students will be charged the Quad/Windham rate. Second year students will be charged the Commonwealth Hall rate.
Returning students (residents and commuters) can now select or change their dining plan in our new system, The Housing Director (THD). Click here to get to THD Self-Service. Your username and password are the same as they are for all other WNE systems. Once you've logged in to THD Self-Service, select Dining on the top menu and you can select or change a plan. Students had until September 7th to change or cancel plans for the Fall semester. Students who wish to change their meal plan for the Spring semester may do so between November 26, 2018 and January 25, 2019 through THD.
Dining plans come in different options to best fit the needs of our students. Students living in traditional residence areas are required to be part of a dining plan, while students living in Gateway Village, Evergreen Village, and Southwood Hall, as well as commuter students, have the option of adding a dining plan. In addition to the standard dining plans, students may also purchase Bear Bucks that they can use to make purchases at any dining location on campus, as well as at Domino's Pizza.
The University hopes to reduce the stress of college by making the dining process as easy as possible. Once a student has purchased a dining plan, they have access to the dining hall from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. To learn more about the different plans we offer, please see below.
Mandatory (Traditional Residence Areas) Meal Plan Information
All first year resident students participate in the University's 7 Day All Access meal plan. Students have unlimited access to the dining hall every day while it is open. Participation is automatic and meal plans are added for students before they move in.
Sophomore resident students residing in Commonwealth Hall and LaRiviere Living and Learning Center may elect to participate in an alternate 5 Day All Access meal plan. This plan allows for unlimited access to the dining hall when it is open Monday through Friday.
Voluntary (On-Campus Apartment Areas and Commuters) Meal Plans
Meal plans for students residing in Evergreen Village, Gateway Village, and Southwood Hall differ as these on-campus apartments provide full kitchens for the preparation of meals.
Once a student has elected to participate in a voluntary meal plan, participation and subsequent biling is binding for the balance of the academic year. There are two "open enrollment" periods at the start of each semeseter during which a student may change or delete his/her voluntary meal plan. Meal plan adjustments must occur by Friday, September 7, 2018 for the Fall 2018 term and Friday, January 25, 2019 for the Spring 2019 term.
Below is a summary of the meal plan options available. Bear Bucks may be purchased from Student Administrative Services (SAS) or any Aramark (Dining Services) location, including their office in the new Dining Commons.
Available Meal Plans
7 Day All Access ($3295 per semester) - unlimited access to the dining hall 7 days a week during operating hours. Includes 20 magic meals and $100 Bear Bucks.
5 Day All Access ($3209 per semester) - unlimited access to the dining hall during operating hours Monday - Friday. Includes 20 magic meal and $200 Bear Bucks.
115 Meal Plan ($1845 per semester) - 115 meals in the dining hall which can be used at any time during the semester. Includes $350 Bear Bucks and 10 Magic Meals.
85 Meal Plan ($1379 per semester) - 85 meals in the dining hall which can be used at any time during the semester. Includes $300 Bear Bucks.
55 Meal Plan ($882 per semester) - 55 Meals in the dining hall which can be used at any time during the semester. Includes $150 Bear Bucks.
Note: Unused meals will not transfer over to the next semester. Bear Bucks will transfer from the fall semester to the spring semester, but they will not transfer over to the next academic year.
What are magic Meals? Magic meals are extra meals that you can use to scan a visitor or a friend without a meal plan into the dining hall so that a guest can eat with you without you having your use your Bear Bucks. Magic Meals can also be used at other campus dining locations for equivalent meals.
Building Experiences Among Residents, or BEAR, is a year-long program that provides opportunities for first year students to get involved in the Western New England community, and to become acclimated as a member of the student body. A monthly calendar is produced that offers specific program opportunities selected intentionally to get students involved in the campus community. By attending and checking-in at these programs, students earn points that are applied towards their sophomore year housing selection. Two larger scale programs, in the fall-BEAR OLYMPICS and in the spring-BEAR BBQ, are also put on to provide first year students the opportunity to create an initial interaction with one another, and then to celebrate their successful completion of their first year on campus.
GET READY FOR BEAR OLYMPICS!!!
BEAR Olympics will be September 3, 2018
What are the benefits of the BEAR program?
BEAR introduces students to new opportunities to get involved in both on-campus and community-wide programming, while providing flexibility to explore their interests within their learning interest communities.
BEAR programs provide experiences that engage students in self-exploration in order to maximize strengths, challenge limitations, and enhance personal success goals.
BEAR programs include opportunities for students to connect their “in-class” learning with “real life” experiences outside the classroom environment.
What can you do in the BEAR program?
Make connections to peers and campus community
Take initiative through established opportunities, programs, and communities
Explore current interests and learn about potential new interests
Make Friends faster through common interests and Learning Interest Communities
Influence Your Future by developing leadership skills as well as by earning points toward future housing options
Tools and Resources to establish academic and personal success
For more information about the BEAR Program please contact Hayley Johnson, Area Director or Brittany Haughton, Area Director.
Many programs and events occur throughout the academic year, sponsored either by student groups or departments like Student Activities, Residence Life, and Diversity Programs. We also work to ensure that activities occur on weekends. The most successful students are those who seek out opportunities to get involved, and students who make an effort to stay on campus on weekends.
We strongly encourage students to attend events and join a club or organization. One such organization on campus is the Residence Hall Association (RHA). Students can get involved with RHA by joining the Hall Council in their building. More information about RHA can be found here.
Where Living and Learning Merge
The Office of Residence Life offers a unique experience for students. Each member of the residential community engages in intentional learning outside of the classroom and is given the opportunity to provide feedback and participate in assessment of the program. Through this process, each student becomes a partner and facilitator, assisting each student in becoming an integral member of the Western New England University community.
Our educational priority is direct and pointed. Upon completion of residing on campus, the student will demonstrate personal responsibility and engagement within the community. This is achieved with the following outcomes in mind:
1. THE STUDENT WILL FOSTER THEIR ROLE AS A CITIZEN.
Students will recognize that responsible citizenship includes a personal commitment to respect others and actively engage in their community. The student will develop and practice skills essential for productive living as a community member. Through these experiences, the student will be prepared to craft their role as a citizen in order to positively contribute to the betterment of society.
2. THE STUDENT WILL BE ABLE TO THINK INDEPENDENTLY AND MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES.
The student will compare and evaluate various thoughts, opinions, and beliefs in order to continuously develop their personal value system. The student will be able to articulate this value system and the perspectives it generates in order to participate in meaningful discussions in which individual viewpoints are treated with respect.
3. THE STUDENT WILL PARTICIPATE IN EXPERIENCES THAT FOSTER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND STIMULATE INTELLECTUAL ACTIVITY.
The student will engage in opportunities to capitalize on academic success while also recognizing learning is more than classroom performance. In doing so, they will gain the ability and desire to seek out knowledge for both its practical implications and intrinsic value. Utilizing the resources to support lifelong learning, students will be positioned to succeed in the global workforce and as contributing members of society.
With independent goals based on class year, residents will engage in well-developed and intended programs, discussions and opportunities (independently and in groups) to develop and further enhance their personal character and identity.
Senior Success Series
In collaboration with Student Activities, the Senior Success Series is the fourth installment in the Leadership Series for Western New England University students. The Senior Success Series provides programming throughout the year to aid seniors in their transition to the next step in their lives. The Senior Success Series will be holding the fourth annual "Senior Symposium" in November.
The "Senior Symposium" is an event that will help Western New England University seniors on their path to graduation. The event will feature speakers and presentations on topics which will help seniors find success in their final year and beyond, such as: Business Etiquette, Graduate School, "The Real World", Motivation, Networking, and Financial Literacy. Students will be able to get help with resume reviews as well.
Please stay tuned. More information is forthcoming. If you have questions, please contact Residence Life at 413-782-1317
Television on Campus
Starting Fall 2018, Western New England University will be providing XFINITY ON CAMPUS as our campus television service. XFINITY ON CAMPUS lets students watch live TV and thousands of Xfinity On Demand selections on their laptops, desktops and mobile devices, as well as on traditional flat screen televisions. In order to use a traditional flat screen television to use this service, you must either have a Roku enabled television, or a Roku device that works with your television. Below you'll find a document with more specific information on Roku devices and instructions for how to access XFINITY ON CAMPUS with different devices.
If you're having trouble with the network or logging in to XFINITY ON CAMPUS, you can place a work order with OIT or contact the OIT helpdesk at 413-796-2200. Once you have successfully logged in to XFINITY ON CAMPUS, if you have any issues with the service itself, you'll be working directly with Comcast customer service. There's a support tab within the platform which should be able to help you, but if you cannot find it or are having trouble with it, you can also call their customer support at 1-800-XFINITY.
Laundry on campus is included with your housing charge and does not require any additional payment with coins or your student ID card.
If you live in Evergreen, Gateway, Southwood or Plymouth three, you can use Laundryview to see if machines are available before you go to your laundry room. Click here for Laundryview.