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WIU Housing and Dining Unveils 360-Degree Tours of Residence Hall Rooms

February 17, 2021


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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) is announcing the addition of fully immersive, 360-degree residence hall room tours on its website. Prospective students and families will now be able to virtually explore each of the room types UHDS offers on campus, as well as the dining centers, from the comfort of their own home.

The six room types include:

● Double rooms in Lincoln-Washington, Corbin-Olson and Thompson Halls
● Super Single room in Lincoln-Washington Halls
● Suite-Style rooms in Corbin and Caroline Grote Halls

"We are excited to unveil these new 360-degree tours of our residence hall spaces," said Associate Vice President for Student Services John Biernbaum. "In a time when campus tours all over the country have been modified due to the pandemic, we believe this is just one more way we can meaningfully connect with potential students looking at Western Illinois University. Not only is this virtual tour easy to navigate, it is dynamic and informative. I am proud of our marketing staff for going the extra mile to make this happen."

Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Kirsten Johnson said this was an "all hands on deck type of project, with many individuals and campus partners being involved to ensure the success of the project."

"Our dining centers had to be restaged as if COVID didn't exist," said Johnson. "Thanks to Facilities Management, Sodexo, and our facility assistants, our dining centers were reset with tables and chairs, floor decals and plastic shields were removed, and food was prepped and staged. As soon as filming was over, these individuals were quick to reset everything yet again. The WIU Bookstore provided merchandise and attire to decorate our residence hall rooms, and Facilities Management was quick to clean and touch up any paint. We are proud to work with, and be on the same team as these individuals."

An extra feature within the virtual tours is the measurement tool. Viewers will be able to measure anything they want from the width of the bed, the height of the desk, the width of the microfridge, etc. Throughout the tours, viewers will also find out where to purchase WIU swag, bedding and more.

Virtual tours may be found at wiu.edu/residencehalls.

Posted By: WIU News (U-Relations@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations