Services in the Residence Halls
Custodial services are provided on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, in every facility. Custodians are responsible for keeping the common areas of each building clean, providing minor, routine maintenance (replacing light bulbs, toilet paper, etc.), emptying trash, and inspecting and maintaining each building. Custodians do not clean individual student rooms and students are responsible for placing their trash and recyclables in the appropriate receptacles. Your building custodians work hard for you and WPI. Please respect what they do and make the effort to get to know them.
Maintenance and Work Orders
We try to provide accommodations that are both comfortable and functional. If something in your room or hall is not functioning properly, please report it to a member of your RA staff or the Office of Residential Services. Upon receiving the report, we will submit a work order request to the Department of Facilities. If an emergency situation arises when your RA is not available, contact another staff member in your building, Campus Police, or Residential Services.
Exterior doors to all residence halls are locked 24 hours a day to keep unwanted individuals out of the residence halls. Room keys and exterior door keys are issued by Residential Services at the beginning of every school year. All keys are the property of the university and may not be duplicated and/or transferred to other persons. Students are expected to keep their keys with them at all times. If the keys are lost, stolen, or not returned after termination of occupancy, the resident will be billed the cost of changing the locks. It is a violation of college policy to lend or make available for use, any key(s) to a room/apartment, to anyone other than the occupant of that room/apartment. Residence hall doors must be kept locked at all times. Tampering with locks in the residence hall is prohibited. Disciplinary action including restitution may result from these actions. If you are locked out of your room, you may obtain a key from Residential Services during office hours; otherwise, contact your Resident Advisor or Campus Police.
All students living in campus housing must be on a meal plan, with the exception of those students living in Ellsworth/Fuller apartments. The meal plan options are for 19 or 14 meals a week, or 190 meals per semester. The VIP and the Premier offer the maximum flexibility. With the exception of Premier, all meal plans are accompanied by discretionary PLUS dollars that can be used in any of WPI's a la carte facilities. Once a student has contracted for food service, the commitment remains in effect for the entire academic year. Changes in meal plans may be made within the first week of Terms A and C only.
Coin-operated washers and dryers are available in common areas of Daniels Hall, the Ellsworth/Fuller apartments, Founders and Institute Halls, and the four residential houses.
Elevators are located in Daniels, Founders, Institute, Riley and Morgan Halls. Institute, Daniels, and Morgan Hall residents may request a key for the elevator for medical reasons. In Founders and Riley, residents may use their room keys to operate the elevator.
Cars and Parking
All students with motor vehicles at the university must register them with Campus Police, whether they are permitted to park on-campus or not. No fee is charged unless a parking decal is issued. Decals are available at the Campus Police early in Term A.
First-year students who are living in the residence halls will not be permitted to park their vehicles on campus unless special extenuating circumstances exist. If such circumstances exist, you should contact: WPI Campus Police, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA, 01609-2280.
Commuting students living outside a one-half mile radius of the college may bring a motor vehicle to college and will be permitted to park on campus after obtaining a parking decal.
The Colleges of the Worcester Consortium provide a shuttle between campuses on a regular schedule. Students, faculty, and staff with a valid ID from any one of the following colleges ride free of charge: Assumption College, Clark University, Holy Cross College, WPI, Worcester State College, and Becker College. Schedules and a map of the route may be obtained from the Office of Student Activities.
Vendor Services for Students
WPI has established contracts with the following vendors to provide optional services for students. Part of the proceeds from these services go towards providing student programming in the residence halls. Specific information regarding signing up for any of these services will be sent in mid-July along with your housing assignment.
E&R Cleaners of Manchester, NH operates an optional contract service for students for their laundry and dry cleaning. Students can drop off and pick up their laundry right on campus. Rental of bed and bath linens is also available through E & R. Information regarding signing up for the optional laundry service will be sent out in July or you may order online.
Our residence halls and apartments contain extra-long beds (36" by 80") which require special linens to comfortably fit the mattresses. While extra-long sheets are available in stores, we have made arrangements with Residence Hall Linens to provide you with the option of ordering linen sets through the mail. Residence Hall Linens will provide you with high quality, extra long linens, mailed to your home or on-campus address. An information packet included with the housing mailing describes the products and special packages that are available. Make sure you order by the deadline so that your linens will be delivered to your home or campus on time. You may also order them online.
Like most colleges, WPI assumes no liability for the loss or damage, from any cause, to students' personal property. Some student's belongings may be covered under a rider on their parent’s homeowners insurance. If you prefer, we have made arrangements with National Student Services, Inc. to provide information regarding special insurance programs specifically designed for students. A pamphlet describing the various insurance options will be sent in July or you can order online.
WPI does not have on-campus storage facilities for students’ belongings. International students and students who live a great distance from WPI often seek storage options in Worcester in the summer months when school is not in session. Mail Boxes Etc. provides a storage program for WPI students which includes on campus pickup and delivery.