New choices and experiences are an integral part of being a university student, as are the accompanying new responsibilities. CWU, University Housing, Wellness and New Student Programs, the Campus-Community Coalition, and the Ellensburg community want you to maximize your time here as an integral part of all our communities, both on- and off-campus. Whether in a residence hall or living off-campus, you have rights and responsibilities as a member of a community. (For residence halls, please click here) This web site will help you with information both on your rights and your responsibilities. It is designed to help enhance your living and learning experiences, improve your quality of life, and provide you with useful resources.
Whether on- or off-campus, all CWU students are accountable to the Student Conduct Code, and will be held responsible for violating the code off-campus as well as on. For specifics, please refer to www.cwu.edu/student-success/student-rights-responsibilities.
On-campus life builds strong connections to enhance your college experience. It is one of the best ways to meet new people and become involved in student life. Living on-campus is also very convenient! You can roll out of bed five minutes before class and still make it there on time, and have easier access to class meetings, clubs and activities, and information about upcoming events. Your room and board are paid in full at the beginning of each quarter, so you don't have to worry about monthly rent and utility bills.
Living off-campus provides for a lifestyle accompanied by different decisions and responsibilities as residential hall living. Before moving off-campus you need to consider the following:
- Are you ready to negotiate a rental agreement? Sign up for utilities? Pay a deposit? Pay bills?
- Have you thought about the safety features of your off-campus housing?
- Have you thought about sharing the responsibilities with a roommate?
- How will you handle repairs if something breaks?
- What about planning for how and when you'll move out? And how to avoid eviction?