Opening Spring 2020
Key distribution and check-in will occur at Residence Life on:
Friday January 10th: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - for new students only*
*New Students: Students new to Western New England University should arrive on January 10th, 2020 between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. since January Orientation (through the Office of First Year Students and Students in Transition) begins at 10:30 a.m.
Returning Students: Returning students may begin to arrive back top campus on January 12th at 8:00 a.m.
What Comes In Your Room?
All rooms are furnished with a bed, desk with chair, dresser, closet and micro-fridge. Areas with common space, such as living rooms, also have those spaces furnished as appropriate. The mattresses are twin extra long, except in Gateway Village where they are regular twin mattresses.
All furnishings provided in the room/suite/apartment/townhouse are expected to remain in that location and should not be removed to accommodate personal property. Storage space is not available during the academic year. Items not present at the time of a student's departure will result in a replacement charge billed to the student's account. Items should not be moved outside (even temporarily) since sunlight, heat and/or moisture can damage University furniture. Items found outside of student housing will be considered "abandoned" and taken by University personnel without any responsibility to notify the room occupants.
Free standing loft-style furniture and bunk beds may be modified to fit personal needs but all parts must be stored in the assigned living space (especially if nuts and bolts are involved). Use care when modifying this furniture so that all pieces are properly assembled for safe use. Please note that the University does not provide any tools for modifying furniture. It is recommended that you bring a variety of screwdrivers and allen wrenches. If uncertain about the design and set-up of furniture, seek assistance from University staff before rearranging and using the furniture.
The University provides a combined microwave-refrigerator unit (one per room) in Berkshire, Commonwealth, Franklin, Hampden and Windham Halls. In each of these locations, students are limited to bringing one additional refrigerator which must not exceed 3.5 cubic feet in size. Students are not permitted to bring their own microwaves to campus if they reside in these locations. These restrictions are for safety concerns and appropriate power usage in student housing.
Residents of LaRiviere Living and Learning Center are provided with a full-size refrigerator and a microwave in the common living room of each suite, as well as access to a microwave in the common areas of the wings in LaRiviere. These items are the collective responsibility of the residents of the suite. Residents of Gateway Village, Evergreen Village and Southwood Hall are also provided with a full-size refrigerator, but are not provided with a microwave.
What Shouldn't You Bring to Campus?
Cooking appliances (such as microwaves, toaster ovens, hot plates, electric grills) are permitted only in Evergreen Village, Gateway Village and Southwood Hall, which have complete kitchens as part of each living unit.
Drugs or any illegal substances, firearms and weapons of any type, explosive agents, and fireworks are strictly prohibited. Other devices that present a clear and present danger to the welfare of others (such as paintball guns, sling shots) are not allowed, unless part of an authorized campus event. Air conditioners, halogen lamps, drums, and other amplified instruments are not permitted in University housing.
Personal furniture (i.e., other than that provided by the University) may be added by the student to housing facilities on a limited basis. In all housing areas except Gateway Village, the student is permitted to bring single-seat supplemental items which meet the standard of California Technical Bulletin 117 (CAL 117). In Gateway Village, single-seat personal furniture must meet the standard of California Technical Bulletin 133 (CAL 133). The University reserves the right to limit the amount and size of supplemental seating students may bring into the room or apartment. Upholstered multi-seat furniture (i.e., loveseats, couches, futons, etc.) is limited to that which has been provided by the University
More detailed information on the University's expectations for personal and/or University property, as well as use of resident student living space, may be found in the Resident Student Housing Agreement, a publication of the Residence Life Office. Please refer to the Policies link on the Residence Life website for access to this document. This document can also be found in the THD system.
Below you'll find a list of suggested items that you may want to bring to campus, as well as items that you should not bring to campus.
Personal Property Insurance
An option for low cost property insurance is available through National Student Services, Inc. at http://www.nssi.com/. Their toll free number is 1-800-256-6774. While there are a number of plans on the market and the University does not particularly endorse any one of these, it is highly recommended that students secure some type of personal property insurance, particularly if there is not coverage through a homeowner's policy already. The University does not assume any responsibility or liability for a student's personal belongings or property (replacement or repair thereof) and cannot provide temporary or seasonal storage of personal belongings.
Hotels and Motels in the Area
Arrival on-campus prior to Friday August 26th for new students and Saturday August 27th for returning students is not possible (unless you are a member of an approved early arrival group such as athletes, student leaders, etc.). Opening is spread out over multiple days to give students maximum flexibility when making travel arrangements. If an early arrival is imperative, please make arrangements for off-campus accommodations.
A list of area hotels and motels can be found below for your reference should you need to arrive early. The University neither endorses nor guarantees the facilities listed. These options may assist you if you need to arrive to the area prior to Friday August 26th.
Tower Square Hotel2 Boland WaySpringfield, MA 01103
(413) 781-7111 Hampton Inn1011 Riverdale St.West Springfield, MA 01089(413) 732-1300 Red Roof Inn1254 Riverdale Street
West Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 731-1010 Best Western429 Riverdale StWest Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 785-5365 Sheraton Hotel1 Monarch PlaceSpringfield, MA 01144(413) 781-1010 Red Roof Inn5 Hazard AvenueEnfield, CT 06082(860) 741-2571 Holiday Inn - South Springfield1 Bright Meadow BoulevardEnfield, CT 06082(860) 741-2211 Howard Johnson Express1356 Boston RoadSpringfield, MA 01119
(413) 783-2111 Candlewood Suites572 Riverdale St.West Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 739-1122 Residence Inn By Marriott64 Border WayWest Springfield, MA 01089(413) 732-9543 Naomi's Inn Bed & Breakfast20 Springfield St.Springfield, MA 01107(413) 433-6019