Undergraduate Admissions

Overnight Accommodations


All students are required to stay overnight in a residence hall. Students will be paired with a roommate and an Orientation Team member will serve as a community facilitator. This is a great way to connect with other new students who will be entering WIU in the fall. The meals provided for the program will be served in the residence hall dining facility. Family members and guests can choose, but are not required, to stay on campus overnight. If you choose to stay off campus, there are hotel and bed and breakfast accommodations available throughout Macomb.

Linens (sheets, a pillow, and a blanket), two bath towels, and a washcloth will be provided for the program. Amenities that are not available include items such as toiletries, a television, telephone, and hair dryer.

You will need to bring anything which you would normally need to get ready for the day. Don't forget to bring an alarm clock and an extra blanket. You will want to pack comfortable clothes and shoes. We recommend you dress in layers. While buildings are air conditioned, some rooms are much colder than others and you will be walking outside in the summer heat. Temperature cannot be regulated in individual rooms.

Higgins Floor Plan

Students, family members, or guests needing any special accommodations in order to fully participate in the program or having any special needs such as health concerns, dietary needs, etc., should contact Orientation at (309) 298-3157.

FAQs: Accommodations

  • Do students have to stay on-campus overnight for the Summer Orientation and Registration program?
    Of course! Staying on campus for orientation is an important part of beginning your college experience. Even if you will not be living in the residence halls, it will give you a chance to meet other freshmen who are sharing the same experience. It is a requirement to stay on campus overnight even if you live in the Macomb area.
  • Can I choose my roommate?
    Roommates will be assigned on a random basis; you will be paired with another student. This is a great way to meet other students and be introduced to residence hall living.
  • Since the room provided is in a residence hall, what are the restroom/shower accommodations?
    There is a restroom and shower area on each floor. On the student floors, all restrooms will be for the gender assigned to that floor. On the family floors, there will be two restrooms for each gender. In each restroom, you will find a community shower arrangement having 3-4 separate shower stalls. For your own comfort, please bring a robe, flip-flops, and container for your shower toiletries.
  • Are family members/guests being similarly accommodated?
    Families/Guests will be housed in the same residence hall as students but on different floors. Accommodations are similar, except families/guests will stay in their own room and their floors will not be separated by gender. Though families/guests will be housed together, restroom and shower areas will remain gender specific. Family members/guests may have to visit another hallway on the floor to access the restroom and shower areas.
  • Will doors to the residence hall be locked at night?
    Doors are locked promptly at 11:30 p.m.
  • Is there a refrigerator where I can store my medicine?
    There will be a refrigerator for necessary medications available at the front desk when you check in at the residence hall.
  • Is smoking allowed in the buildings/residence halls?
    All of the buildings/residence halls on the WIU campus are smoke free. Smoking is prohibited in all areas inside the buildings/residence halls.
  • What happens if I lose my key to my assigned room?
    If you do not turn in your key upon check-out, you will be charged $50 immediately since we will have to re-core the room before the next group arrives. The fee will be billed to your student account. Although your key may be found and returned to us later, you will still be billed since our re-core expense has already been incurred.
  • Do my family members and guests have to stay on-campus?
    Although staying on-campus will provide family members and guests a similar college experience as the students, family members have the option to stay off-campus. Visit the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website for information on local hotels.  **Some hotels offer a discount for programs.  Be sure to mention WIU SOAR or WIU Parent/Family rate.