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New Student Housing Selection

In this section, you'll find information about housing selection for new students.  The information you'll find here currently pertains to last year's process.  Information with updated dates for Fall 2019 selection will be posted here prior to May 1st.  If you have any questions after reading everything, please feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life at 413-782-1317.

How to Select Housing: Step by Step Process Description

Students will complete housing selection through our online system, The Housing Director (THD).  Using THD, you'll complete your Housing Application, form a group with your roommate and select your space in housing. 

Click here to log in to THD Self-Service

New students should have received an email from the Dean of First Year Students with information about setting up your WNE email and logging into your Connect2U portal.  It is important that you set up your WNE email before completing your housing application, because THD will send a confirmation to your WNE email. 

THD Step-by-Step

Residency Requirement

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:

  1. The student matriculated at the University before fall 2019.
  2. The student is a transfer from another college or university.
  3. The student is living at home with a parent or legal guardian within a 50 mile radius of the University (determined by zip code).
  4. The student is 21 years of age by September 1.
  5. The student is married or in a domestic partnership.
  6. 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.    

Other exceptions to this policy may be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the extenuating circumstances.  Requests for an exception 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.

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. 


Students Who Are Under 18

If a student is under the age of 18 when they fill out their Housing Application on THD, a parent or legal guardian must verify acceptance of the terms of the Resident Student Housing Agreement through an electronic signature.  When students fill out their Housing Application, they will see a section where they can provide information for a Parent/Guardian contact.  If a student is under 18, an email will be sent to the email address they provide for their Parent/Guardian Contact prompting their parent/guardian to verify the application through an electronic signature.  Students who are under 18 will not be able to move forward and select a room until this verification is completed. 

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Where do you want to live?

Learning Interest Communities offer you the opportunity to live among other students who share common interests. Each Learning Interest Community designs specific programs around the goals of that community. When you select housing, you'll be selecting from available rooms within a Learning Interest Community, so it's important when you decide who you want to live with that you talk to them about which Learning Interest Communities interest you both.

Learning Interest Communities are part of the BEAR program. 

The Learning Interest Communities are based around the following areas of common interest:


In today's world, science and technology are shaping the future.  The community will allow those students who major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) to develop personal and professional skills in a residential setting.  Members of this community will be able to develop collaborative relationships with their peers, relating concepts learned in the classroom to everyday situations through programming, peer-to-peer mentoring and floor discussions.

Next Generation of Leaders

In today’s diverse and interconnected world, leadership skills are valued by potential employers and contribute to a rewarding and successful career. In this community, you will focus on developing leadership skills and set yourself up to take on various student leader opportunities. Topics covered could include self awareness, leading a diverse team, and global perspectives in the 21st century. This is an ideal community for those students looking to build on their high school leadership experience or those looking to explore the face of today’s ever changing global environment.

Learning Today, Shaping Tomorrow

This community is ideal for those looking to impact tomorrow’s society through avenues such as law and justice, business, and education. These individuals will take the concepts learned in the classroom and bring them back to their own community as a hands-on opportunity to practice skills and concepts they can apply after graduation.

Healthy Choices, Creative Living

In this community you will have the chance to explore opportunities that promote personal satisfaction. Are you a musical person? Do you enjoy sports? What about art? Are you into holistic wellness? Join this community and learn how to take what you enjoy and meld it with the skills and lessons learned in class to lead a well-rounded life, now as a student and in the future.

Special Housing Accommodations

Western New England University is committed to providing students who have a documented disability or medical condition with a safe environment in which to live and study. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Office of Student Disability Services of the nature of their disability and desire to receive a special housing accommodation.

If approved, the Office of Student Disability Services will work directly with the Office of Residence Life in an effort to provide a housing accommodation that is appropriate and reasonable. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services at (413) 782-1258.

Click below for more detailed information about special housing accommodations, or visit Student Disability Services here.

Accommodations Info

Are you transferring in for the Fall 2018 semester?

If you are a new transfer student who will be transferring in for the Fall 2018 semester, or an older first year student requesting housing outside of the first year halls, you can use the form below to submit your housing request and indicate your housing preferences.  Your completed form, as well as any questions you might have, can be emailed to Sean.Burke@wne.edu

If you're having trouble using the fillable PDF form below, click here for a word version of the same form.

Housing Application

Information for Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Students

We recognize that our online housing system only allows students to identify themselves as either male or female. As we recognize the need to support all forms of gender identity and expression in the residence halls, transgender and gender non-binary students are encouraged to contact Sean Burke at Sean.Burke@wne.edu or by phone at 413-782-1316 so that we can work with you on an individual basis to house you in an environment that supports and reflects your gender identity.

Important Dates to Remember

Friday, May 18, 2018: New Students can begin filling out housing applications in our online system (THD)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018: New Student Housing Selection begins at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, July 23, 2018: New Student Housing Selection ends at 11:59 p.m.

Friday, August 24, 2018: New Students check-in at their Residence Halls between 8:00 a.m. and Noon.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018;  Housing closes for Thanksgiving Break at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 25, 2018: Housing re-opens after Thanksgiving Break at 1:00 p.m.

Friday, December 14, 2018: Housing closes for the Fall semester at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 13, 2019: Housing re-opens for the Spring semester at 1:00 p.m.

Friday, March 15, 2019: Housing closes for Spring Break at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 2019: Housing re-opens after Spring Break at 1:00 p.m.

Friday, May 10, 2019: Housing closes for the Spring semester at 9:00 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are you wondering what it will be like to live on campus?  This website has some great resources that might help.  Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions and our section about Living on Campus.  If you can't find the answer to your question on our site, feel free to contact us at 413-782-1317 and we'll be happy to answer any questions you have.