Each year all first year students, transfer students, and many upperclass students choose to live on campus. Here are a few reasons why living on campus is your best choice:
Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the full college experience. The best way to do that is to live on campus, where meeting (and then visiting) new friends means taking just a few steps down the hall.
Reasons to Choose Campus Housing
10. It's convenient to everything
Campus housing is close to events, classes, faculty, and to academic and support services. You’ll be within walking distance to classrooms, the Gordon Library, Foisie Innovation Studio, Gateway Park, the Rubin Campus Center, Sports & Recreation Center, and a variety of food and retail locations.
9. Extra safety measures
The residence halls are locked all day, every day. Residents must scan their WPI ID cards to gain access to their assigned buildings. Along with Campus Police, Residential Services professional and student staff members routinely monitor the buildings’ interior and exterior entrances. To learn about how you can remain safe on and off campus, the best place to start is with the Safety & Security site.
8. Personal development
Just by living on campus, you will learn problem-solving skills, about social justice, volunteer opportunities, as well as sustainable practices to follow. You will be encouraged to take personal responsibility for your residence hall, the campus, and the Worcester community. You will have the support of trained staff to help you along the way.
7. Less hassle with monthly bills
Your housing charges are included on your university bill. There are no housing deposit or utility charges required. Services such as high-speed wireless internet, #Livewpicinema, PhiloTV, and access to laundry facilities are included in this total cost. You can visit the Bursar’s and Student Accounts Office about Payment Information or payment plans.
6. Extra support
College is a transitional time and, while it will be incredibly enriching, there will be times when you feel challenged. Live with people who are going through the same experiences as you, and know that the Residential Services staff (who live in the community with you) are always available for assistance, advice, or just to talk.
5. Fun and free stuff
Meet new people! Live new experiences! An endless array of social activities with your floormates, in your hall and all over campus make it easy. Just show up and enjoy. These are the things that lifelong friendships are made of.
Living on your own and making key decisions for yourself is an important step in the maturing process. Learning to balance freedom and responsibility in a protected environment like a residence hall makes the post-college transition easier.
3. Better grades
Research shows college students who live on campus are more satisfied with their collegiate experience, earn better grades, and are more likely to graduate than their commuting peers.
2. It's easy to make friends and connect
When students live on campus, they meet each other, study together, and attend WPI campus programs and events together. Most of all, they support and motivate each other. First year students live in traditional housing because it is the perfect place for new students to connect with one another.
1. The total college experience
Don’t just go to WPI — live at WPI! This is a unique time in your life, where else can you experience new cultures, new friendships, and live in a supportive community rich with new and diverse ways of viewing the world? Residence hall living - it’s an experience unlike any other! Become part of the WPI herd!