Housing

Open Housing

  • What is Open Housing?
    In the spring of 2015, Inter-Hall Council and student leaders within the residence halls began discussing options allowing students to select roommates regardless of  sex, gender, or gender identity. Open Housing rooms / options were developed as a pilot program for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

    Open Housing allows sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate students, regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity, to share a room or suite. 

  • Who is eligible to live in open housing?
    Open Housing allows sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate students, regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity, to share a room or suite.

  • Who is eligible to live in open housing?
    Open housing provides housing options that take into consideration varying preferences for many different individuals, and to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all students. Open Housing is not intended—and in fact is highly discouraged—for romantic couples.

  • Where is open housing on campus?
    For the 2017-18 school year, the locations of Open Housing are as follows:
    Undergraduate Students - Corbin Hall, 6th Floor
    Graduate & Non-Traditional Undergraduate Students - Westbrook House

    If you are a current resident of Corbin 6, you will be given the option to choose to stay in your room for the 2017-2018 academic year during Same Hall/Same Room Housing Renewal.

  • Will I be assigned to live in open housing?
    Students will not be assigned to open housing unless they have elected to live there.

  • How are roommates assigned in open housing?

    Open Housing allows any two students to be roommates, regardless of sex, gender, or gender expression. Any upperclass students may seek housing together on the open housing floor.

    Like most universities, we discourage students who are in a romantic relationship, regardless of sex, gender, or gender expression, from living together in a residence hall. However, we do not question any student's reasoning for wanting to live in Open Housing.

    University Housing and Dining Services will not assign anyone to an opposite-sex roommate unless requested. 

  • When do I sign up for open housing?

    Students wishing to live on the open housing floor with a student of the same sex should reserve a space using the online renewal system during their assigned renewal time. You can either request a roommate through Housing Renewal (depending on space availability) or will be assigned a roommate of the same sex.

    Students wishing to live in an open room on the open housing floor must email UHDS@wiu.edu with their request no later than 4:00 pm on February 8, 2017 (include name, WIU ID number and requested roommate's name and WIU ID number). The requested roommate must also email UHDS@wiu.edu (include name, WIU ID number and requested roommate's name and WIU ID number). After February 8, all rooms not previously requested, will be placed back in the renewal system for individuals to choose during the Open Renewal period. It is recommended that after sending the email request students should choose a room of their second choice through the online renewal system to ensure housing in the instance that all open room options are filled.

  • How do restrooms work in open housing locations?
    Corbin Hall, a corridor-style residence hall, has male- and female-designated bathrooms on the open housing floor.

    Westbrook House has private bathrooms that are shared by all residents.