We know it can be daunting to leave home for the first time but we’ll be with you every step of the way—from your first Move In Day to the moment you walk across Earle Bridge to receive your diploma. Whether it’s helping secure a residence hall space in your first year, or helping locate an apartment if you decide to move off campus as an upperclassman, our team is here for you.

Students helping with move in day

Guaranteed Housing for First-Year Students

At WPI, residential life begins in our residence halls. On-campus housing is guaranteed to all full-time, first year students who meet application deadlines, and WPI works hard to make sure your experience is a good one. It won't be exactly like home, though in some ways it will be even better.

Typical first-year residence halls include:

Roommate Matching

When you apply for housing, you will be asked to check off preferences in the following areas: smoking/non-smoking, sleeping habits, studying habits, and how you prefer to keep your room. We use this information to match potential roommates and their preferences. This is the only system we use to assign roommates. Reciprocal roommate requests are honored when possible.

You will be informed of the name and email address of your roommate(s) before arriving on campus for the start of the academic year. You are encouraged to contact your roommate(s) prior to arriving on campus, giving you the opportunity to decide who will bring such items as stereos or refrigerators.

Policies and Contracts

Before completing the Housing Application, please ensure that you have read and agreed to the Room Assignments and Policies Contracts. When accepting a room assignment, you will sign a Housing and Food Service contract requiring you to live on campus for the entire academic year. Housing assignments for first-year students are prioritized according to the date of deposit.

Resident Advisors

Resident Advisors, or RAs, are responsible for residents in a particular section or floor of a residence hall––and are a great resource for first-year students. They contribute a great deal to the residential living experience at WPI, assisting with social or personal concerns, answering questions about the campus, explaining and enforcing WPI policies, responding to emergency situations, submitting work order requests, and are available when help is needed for any reason.