Each year WPI first year students, many transfer students, and many upperclass students choose to live on campus. Here are a few reasons why living on campus is your best choice:
Let’s face it, you only get one opportunity to be a traditional college student during your life, so you should probably 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, the Rubin Campus Center and book store, a variety of food locations, and campus recreational facilities.
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. RSO professional and student staff members live in the buildings and check the buildings’ interiors. Along with campus police officers, they also check the buildings’ 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, you will learn about social justice, as well as sustainable practices to follow. You will be encouraged to take personal responsibility for your hall community, the campus community, and the Worcester community. And you will have the support of trained staff to help you along the way. You will also become educated about ways you can volunteer on campus and in the community.
7. Less hassle with monthly bills.
Your housing charges will be included on your university bill. There are no deposits or surprise charges. Services such as high-speed wireless internet, #Livewpicinema, PhiloTV, water and electricity, and other extras 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 of college and university students across the nation shows that 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 — be 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 #livewpi herd!