Life on Campus


You’ve chosen to be part of the Eagle family, and we are excited you’ve chosen to live on-campus. As a member of our family, you will build life-long friendships. You’ll create stories you share on Instagram today and with your friends and family 10 years from now.

Living on-campus is the authentic Eastern experience, and it gives you unique access to study groups, campus activities, campus recreation, and all that we have to offer. Your willingness to engage and try new things will make the difference in the experience you have.

Please become familiar with the following information as you prepare to move in and for a smooth transition to life on campus.

Gender-Inclusive Housing

Gender-inclusive housing will be on the 10th floor of Dressler Hall. The floor will have:

  • One gender-inclusive, community bathroom
  • A mix of single and double rooms

You will assign yourself to the gender-inclusive floor, where all the rooms will be very clearly labeled. If self-selection has ended, please contact us to be placed there.

Gender-inclusive housing is an option in which two or more students can share a room and community bathroom regardless of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. It helps ensure living arrangements are welcoming and inclusive for all members of our community. This option may be especially appealing to students who:

  • Are in the process of discovering their gender identity
  • Do not wish to identify themselves by gender
  • Are members and allies of LGBTQ+ communities
  • Feel more comfortable being roommates with someone of a different gender

Note: The intent of gender-inclusive housing is not for couples to live together within the EWU residence halls.

Pride Center


You are going to be living with a new person. What now?

Tip #1: Be Open

People are going to be different than you. The best way to create a great roommate relationship is to be willing to listen to others and be open to their differences.

Tip #2: Talk to Each Other

Open and honest communication is the best and healthiest approach to take with your roommate. At move-in, you will complete a Roommate Agreement Form that sets expectations and boundaries with them.

Tip #3: Talk to Your CA

Your Community Advisor (CA) is trained in conflict mediation and supporting you when you're feeling overwhelmed or helpless with a roommate situation.

Can I live with an international student?

We offer the opportunity to live with an international student. They come from all over the world to EWU through various programs to learn English, be engaged in American culture, and be in a new environment.

What if I want to change rooms?

Room changes are not accepted before move-in. If you’re not happy after you’ve given it a try, you’ll have the opportunity to request a room change during the second week of the quarter.

Remember: a great roommate doesn’t have to be your best friend.

Community Standards

Community Standards are a set of guidelines developed by residents of a floor or wing in conjunction with policies established by the Board of Trustees and by the State of Washington. They work to help residents create positive living and learning environments. Residents are expected to:

  • Comply with reasonable requests from hall staff and other university officials
  • Monitor and accept responsibility for the behavior of their guests
  • Report violations of rules and regulations to appropriate staff
  • Respect the rights of others
  • Participate actively in self-governance
  • Contribute positively to the community
  • Actively participate in educational and social programs

These standards are established between the residents and Community Advisor (CA) at floor meetings.

Students bake in a shared kitchen


Laundry machines are located on each floor in every university residence hall, except Brewster Hall and Dressler Hall—they have one large laundry room on the ground floor. You will be issued a preloaded laundry card when you move-in.

Laundry Alert System

The Laundry Alert System is in Dressler Hall and snyamncut. It allows for convenience in checking when machines are available as well as receiving a text/email notification when your laundry is complete.

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Getting Involved

We are passionate about providing our residents with opportunities to grow as leaders.

National Residence Hall Honorary

We are responsible for recognizing people, programs, and organizations on campus at both a regional and national level.

Learn More

Hall Council

We are a volunteer student organization responsible for large-scale programming in each hall.

Contact Us

Residence Hall Association

We represent the on-campus student voice and provide fun, engaging leadership opportunities.

Learn More

Packing Suggestions

  • Day-to-day clothing
  • Rain gear (umbrella, raincoat)
  • Winter gear (gloves, hat, mittens, boots, scarves, thermals, sweaters)
  • Shoes (for all weather types)
  • Slippers
  • Sunglasses
  • Shower caddy and shoes
  • Bathrobe
  • Toiletries

  • Dishware, silverware, and cups
  • Can opener and bottle opener
  • Dishcloths, towels, and soap
  • Small refrigerator (one per room, 2′ x 3′ x 1’6″ cubic ft.)
  • Microwave (one per room)
  • Coffee and tea maker (auto-off feature)
  • Slow cooker and rice cooker

  • Sheets, blankets, and bedspread (size Twin XL)
  • Mattress and pillow covers
  • Electric blanket
  • Indoor holiday lights
  • Television (one per room)
  • Crates for storage
  • Surge protector
  • Aquarium with fish (fully aquatic, 10 gal. max)

  • Laundry supplies (detergent, dryer sheets, hamper)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Medicine
  • Kleenex
  • Fan
  • Pictures and posters
  • Safe and padlock
  • Hangers

  • George Foreman Grill and sandwich maker
  • Toaster and toaster oven
  • Electric skillet and frying pan
  • Air fryer

These items are allowed, but we’ve found that they take up a lot of extra space or get used infrequently. To help out, we provide the following items in each hall office for residents to borrow:

  • Cleaning supplies (broom, vacuum, etc.)
  • Pots, pans, and baking sheets
  • Iron
  • Ping-pong supplies
  • Pool supplies (billiards)
  • Movies (DVDs)
  • Board games

  • Illegal drugs (including marijuana)
  • Smoking and vaping
  • Weapons
  • Pets
  • Candles, incense, and devices with open-flame
  • Air conditioner
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot oil popcorn makers
  • Hot plate
  • Sun lamps
  • Outdoor holiday lights
  • Propane

Break Housing

Residents are allowed to stay in any of the halls during Thanksgiving break, for no additional charge. We also provide a Thanksgiving meal, for those interested.

The university residence halls close at noon on the last day of finals, required all residents to leave by that time.

However, you do have the option to apply for winter break housing. There is a flat-rate charge of $350 for however long residents intend to stay along with the possibility that you may have to move to a different hall, depending on which hosts.

Residents are allowed to stay in their assigned halls during spring break, for no additional charge.

Summer Housing

Summer housing is offered to students that will be taking classes during the Summer Quarter. We consolidate to one hall, snyamncut. Housing and dining are charged by the week; the dining plan is minimal and not intended to feed you for all your meals.

Apply for Summer Housing

Students gather to play a game outdoors