WestCo seeks to embody a respectful community where residents pursue group initiatives based on the interest of its residents and provide an atmosphere of tolerance, encouragement, and activity. WestCo welcomes a wide spectrum of backgrounds and experiences that help contribute to the environment.
Residents are expected to take an active role in shaping the social, intellectual and living environment of WestCo, continuing a longstanding tradition of self-governance and activism. Self-governance is manifested in the community holding one another accountable to shared values and to goals that are continually evaluated. WestCo is held responsible to the larger community, while the University reciprocates with a commitment to a collaborative relationship. Through Guidance, a weekly meeting open to the entire Westco, residents are encouraged to be involved in the community and the University. In the past, residents have organized music and arts events, lifestyle festivals, and informal education projects reflecting a commitment to a vibrant, expressive and socially conscious residential experience. WestCo welcomes all students who will actively contribute to the community and work for these goals.
WestCo is centrally located on campus and is connected to WEShop. In WestCo, residents live in doubles and singles gathered around a courtyard. It is also home to the unique student-run WestCo Café, a venue for various events situated under WestCo 3.
Applications are not necessary for incoming first year students.
Housing built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose health hazards if not taken care of properly. Lead exposure is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women. Before renting pre-1978 housing, landlords must disclose the presence of known lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards in the dwelling. Tenants must also receive a Federally approved pamphlet on lead poisoning prevention. The pamphlet may be viewed at: http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/library/enforcement/pyf_eng.pdf. The University recognizes that any housing built prior to 1978 may contain lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards. By accepting your housing contract, you are affirming that you have reviewed the pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead In Your Home.
All Wesleyan housing was built before 1978 with the exception of the following: Bennet Hall, Fauver Apartments, 19 Fountain Avenue, 20 Fountain Avenue, 25 Fountain Avenue, 231 Pine Street, and 14 Warren Street.