• Who can apply for Housing?

All students admitted to Washburn University or Washburn Tech who plan to enroll full-time, are eligible to live in the university residence halls. 


  • Is there a live-on requirement?

First-time first year (freshman) Washburn University students are required to live on campus during their first academic year. 


  • What is the cost of living on campus?

Click here to view the cost sheet for our different facilities: Cost Sheet

  • Can I live in the Washburn Village Apartments?

In order to live in the Washburn Village Apartments students must have completed a minimum of 24 post-high school college credit hours.  We have many incoming first year students that have completed a number of college credits through a variety of programs during their high school career.  We understand that academically students may begin their time at Washburn as Sophomores, but we have set this requirement in an effort to provide an environment where we can focus on students' first year experience and transitioning to a collegiate setting.

  • When should I submit my Housing application for the Fall?

Housing applications for the Fall are typically available online starting the first Monday in December.  We utilize a self-asigned room selection process that allows students to view open rooms in real time and select the space most suited for them. New students can expect the self-assign option to be available to them starting early February.  We always suggest filling out your application and paying your deposit sooner rather than later.

  • What do I do if I have been put on the waiting list for housing?

There has been the occasion in which we have a wait list, but each year we have been able to place most, if not all, of the wait listed students by the second or third week of classes.  The speed at which we can place students on the wait list is entirely dependent on how many contract cancellations we receive.

  • I wish to cancel my housing contract.  Can I get a refund? What do I do?

To cancel your contract, you must enter the Housing Portal through MyWashburn, in the same place you applied. Under the Applications tab, select the application term you wish to cancel, and go to the Cancel tab. Complete the information on that page, and click "Save & Continue".

  • If you cancel your contract before June 1st, you will be refunded the full $300 deposit.
  • If you cancel your contract after June 1st, but before you move in, you will be refunded $100 of the $300 deposit.
  • If you cancel your contract after you have moved in, or any point throughout the academic year, you will be responsible for paying 35% of the remaining contract costs.
  • How would I go about requesting a special accommodation?

We do everything we can to meet the needs of all of our students.  If you require a special accommodation we ask that you contact the Student Services office to submit your request.  Once you have registered with them and submitted your request, they work with us to help provide you with an option that will meet your needs. You can contact them by:

  • Voice: 785-670-1629
  • TDD: 785-670-1025
  • In Person: Morgan Hall, Room 135

  • Which building is the best place to live?

Each of our facilities has its own set of benefits for students living on campus.  We suggest that you explore the different housing options to see which facility best meets your needs.

  • Why should my student choose to live on campus?

While physically distancing can leave students feeling isolated and separated from others, living on campus can help residents stay engaged and connected! We are taking measures (such as practicing physical distancing and strongly recommending face masks) to continue providing a sense of community by connecting students to others living a similar experience.

There is a member of student staff and professional staff on call 24/7/365. Our staff is trained in community building, conflict resolution, mental health, first aid/ CPR, and other campus resources. These staff members are dedicated to supporting residents in their transition to on-campus living and planning enriching programs.

Residential Living works hard to create an environment that supports academic success. Students who live on campus have a higher GPA on average than those who do not live on campus. On-campus residents are closer to their classes, which encourages them to go to class.  They are also surrounded by other students, which helps to hold each other accountable to work hard in the classroom.

  • What will move in day look like?

Move In will occur from August 11-13 to minimize the number of people in our buildings at one time. Residents will be assigned a date and timeslot based on their room location to avoid crowding in suites. Residents should receive their move in date and timeslot on July 1.

Residential Living strongly recommends limiting yourself to two guests to assist with move-in. We recommend selecting guests who are not considered to be high-risk for COVID-19.

  • Will there be a move crew?

Move Crew is one of the best traditions at Washburn.  While it will look a bit different this year, there will be a Move Crew, comprised of returning students, faculty, and staff, to assist you with moving in your belongings. If you would like Move Crew’s assistance, you will place your belongings on the designated stickers outside your building. Be sure to label all your boxes with your name and room number so Move Crew knows where to take your belongings.

  • What is being done to keep students safe & healthy?

Residential Living recommends that all residents wear facial coverings in the residence halls. We have installed additional touch-free hand sanitizing stations. Sneeze guards have been installed at all our reception desks. We have arranged our bedrooms so beds are as far apart as possible. Residence hall facilities will be cleaned more frequently. Residential Living staff will be conducting group meetings with residents via Zoom rather than face-to-face when at all possible. We have also posted CDC-created signage encouraging hand washing, physical distancing, and awareness about the symptoms of COVID-19.

Programming will be a hybrid model of both virtual and in-person, in order to reduce contact and large gatherings. In-person events will be held in smaller groups and in larger spaces or outside to accommodate physical (social) distancing.

  • Are students expected to wear masks in the residence halls?

Residential Living strongly recommends that anyone present in common spaces (such as lobbies, lounges, and study rooms) of the residence halls wears a face mask.

  • Are students expected to physically distance themselves this fall?

Yes. According to the CDC, limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Residential Living recommends residents practice physical distancing as much as possible.

  • Can students have guests in their suite/apartment this fall?

We are currently working to create a guest policy with resident safety in mine. We will provided updated information when the policy is finalized.

  • I’m concerned about having roommates for this fall, what are my options?

Residents concerned about having roommates may elect to live in a private double room in the LLC. This is a double room (with two beds) with only one resident assigned to. Private double residents are expected to follow all other Residential Living policies. Students may also elect to live in Single Rooms as well. There is a limited amount of both.

  • Do I have to pay an extra fee to have a space to myself?

Residents who elect to live in a private room will be charged an additional 35% of the room rate.

  • What do I do if I think I have Covid-19?

According to the CDC, signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever/ chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea.

If you believe you may have COVID-19, please call Washburn Student Health Services at 785-670-1470. Please do not go to Student Health Services without calling first. You should avoid contact with others if there is reason to believe you may have COVID-19.

  • Will there be changes to the dining options?

Washburn Dining Services’ operational plan will accommodate social distancing requirements while providing students a quality dining experience. The plan may change throughout the semester to address any changes in COVID-19 requirements.

Dining room seating will be reduced so that students can maintain 6 feet of social distance while eating. With reduced seating in the dining rooms, there will be options for takeout and for food service in other areas. Meals will be served on disposable paperware for eat-in and takeout options.

Face coverings meeting CDC recommendations will be required/Strongly suggested in the dining centers except while people are eating. Staff will follow additional cleaning and sanitation guidelines for dining halls and community spaces.

  • What if I have a question not on this list?
Please reach out to Residential Living at 785-670-1065 or resliving@washburn.edu with any additional questions, comments, or concerns so that we may continue to answer these!
  • How do roommates pick the same room?

As mutually confirmed roommates (roommates that have accepted each others’ requests), you have the option of assigning your roommates to rooms within a given suite.  If you’re the first person to go in and select a room, you can select multiple rooms within a suite and assign your roommates accordingly.  This requires communication amongst you and your roommates, so make sure that you have discussed placement with your roommates.

  • I have the option to choose rooms for my roommates. Do I have to assign rooms for them?

You do not.  It is an option for convenience, but it is not required.  You may select a room for yourself, but note that someone else may choose the other spaces in your suite before your roommate(s) have a chance to get in and select it.

  • Why doesn’t my roommate have the same timeslot as me?

Timeslots are assigned based on mutually confirmed roommates.  If you and your roommate are mutually confirmed (both of you have accepted each other as roommates), then it could be because you or your roommate have other mutually confirmed roommates, and the system has paired your timeslot up with them instead.

  • What if my roommate doesn’t have a timeslot?

If your roommate has expressed interest in a learning community, then they will not receive a timeslot.  If that is not the case, then have them contact the Residential Living office for more assistance. 

  • What if I am not available during my timeslot to select a room?

No worries! You may select a room during your timeslot, or any time afterwards.  Just remember that the sooner you choose a room, the more options you will have available to you.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Residential Living

Residential Living
Washburn Residential Living Office
Living Learning Center
1801 SW Jewell Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone & Email
(785) 670-1065
Fax : (785) 670-1186

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