reslife

Transfer student information:

Wesleyan University believes that living on campus is a crucial component of the overall college experience.  Therefore, the university has a four year residential requirement for all undergraduate students. Residential Life supports this commitment through offering increasingly independent housing options and focusing on five learning goals, while providing a safe and supportive residential environment which complements and extends the educational experience of students. The undergraduate residence options video provides a general overview. 

RESIDENCE HALLS:  Transfer students are housed in Butterfield and Nicolson Halls, in single and double occupancy rooms.  There will be a mix of transfer as well as continuing students on the floors where they are housed.  Transfer students who need a specific housing assignment due to a disability must register with the Office of Accessibility Services by submitting the notification form (Accessibility Services Forms) prior to June 29. 

HOUSING PREFERENCE FORM:  Incoming transfer students are asked to complete a housing preference form, which is accessible through their Wesleyan portal in June. 

FURNISHINGS:  Every student receives a desk, chair, dresser, extra long twin-size bed, bookcase and closet or wardrobe.  The furniture is movable, with the exception of some Nicolson rooms that have built-in units. Most beds are adjustable in height, so risers are not needed. There are shades or vertical blinds on the windows.  The walls are cinder block and almost all of the rooms have tile floors. Roommates should coordinate who will bring shared items, such as rugs and refrigerators, so as not to end up with duplicates.  Wesleyan housing stock is very diverse, with multiple room sizes within each building, however we have found that a 5x7 carpet best fits most spaces.

COOKING FACILITIES:  All residence halls have cooking facilities. The use of kitchen appliances in student rooms is prohibited with the exception of a microwave and coffee pot with an automatic shut-off.

PACKING:  Students are encouraged to limit what they pack and assess their needs upon arrival. There are a number of stores in the area, including Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Staples, and Bed, Bath and Beyond, so additional items can easily be purchased.   A list of what to bring can be found (here) and what not to bring can be found (here)

CHARGES:  The Residential Comprehensive Fee includes room and board.  First and second year students pay the same rate, regardless of which building or type of room.  Juniors and seniors pay a slightly higher rate, regardless of location or type of room.

PROPERTY INSURANCE: Since Wesleyan cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage of residents’ personal property caused by mechanical mishaps, theft, fire, wind, flood, or other catastrophes, the University advises students to maintain their own insurance for personal possessions. Parents should check the terms and conditions of their homeowners’ policies to determine if losses of family members’ possessions at school are covered. If not, there are several insurance companies that offer inexpensive policies that cover student belongings, such as by National Student Services Inc. or Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk.