July 1, 2020


We are committed to prioritizing our first-time, first-year students in University-owned housing, consistent with the First Year Live in Rule (FLIR). Governor Inslee provided guidance for institutions of higher education on June 24, 2020 and in accordance with those guidelines we will open our residence halls with significantly reduced occupancy and strict public health guidelines.

All students who attend WSU must abide by health and safety directives issued by WSU, the government, and health officials. If you will not follow the rules and do what is required of you, you should consider other arrangements for your education in the fall. 

Details regarding health and safety on campus, as well as some of the services you can expect to see in the fall were outlined in the email sent last week. Some important facts to consider:
  • Most students will be housed in single residence hall rooms. We are honoring the requests of students who are concerned about returning to Pullman for medical or financial reasons as well as students who would like to request a roommate. Details are provided below. 
  • The residential experience will be different in response to COVID-19. Students will be required to wear masks/cloth face coverings when not in a private room, to follow physical distancing guidelines, to wash their hands in alignment with CDC guidelines, and abide by other guidelines issued for public health. Guidelines can change as new information becomes available, and without notice. 
  • We will not issue any housing refunds if students must unexpectedly vacate university housing due to changes in university operations resulting from COVID-19 in the 2020-2021 school year.  We know this is a difficult decision to hear, which is why it is important that you know this up front. Final residence hall rates for 2020-2021 can be viewed here.
We know this is a big decision and we want you to choose what is right for you and your circumstances. We are so thankful you have chosen WSU and we hope to see you on-campus in the fall. 

Stay healthy, and as always, Go Cougs!

If you plan to live on campus

  1. Submit a contract addendum. The addendum will be available July 6, 2020. You can preview the Housing contract addendum prior to July 6 here. 
    • Addendums submitted by July 12, 2020 (11:59 PM PT) will be processed first. If you submit by this deadline, our intention is to notify you of your residence hall assignment no later than July 17.
    • Addendums submitted between July 13 and July 26, 2020 (11:59 PM PT) will be processed as they are received. If you submit in this time frame, our intention is to notify you of your residence hall assignment no later than July 31. 
  2. We will do our best to honor the requests of students who would like a roommate. You and your roommate need to mutually select each other for the request to be considered. You can check your roommate request at Roommate requests can be added or changed until July 5, 2020.


We will provide a link to sign up for move-in when you receive your confirmed housing assignment. You must sign up for a move-in time. Time slots will be 2.5 hours in duration and arrival times will be strictly enforced. Students will be able to choose a move-in time between Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 23.  

Students will be limited to two (2) guests to assist them in moving in, referred to as a “family unit”. Masks/cloth face coverings will be required for all persons entering the residence halls.  Elevators will be limited to one family unit at a time, and all persons must abide by physical distancing measures. Unfortunately, no additional helpers will be allowed or provided for move-in this year.

We understand there are concerns about Move-in dates and times. To support students who have different needs, we are providing multiple options. Such as a new “Drive-in and Drop” weekend, the ability to mail your items to campus, and accommodating those who have already made travel arrangements.

Visit the Move-in website for more information and details. Public health guidance may change between now and move-in date, so please check back often.

If you believe you are unable to live on campus

  1. Apply for First Year Live In Requirement (FLIR) Exemption. If you are still planning to attend WSU, but cannot live in a residence hall, you will need to meet the exemption criteria and apply for a FLIR exemption.
  2. Once your FLIR exemption is approved, you will need to cancel your residence hall contract. Once cancelled, we will refund your deposit and re-assign your hall to another student.

If you decide not to attend WSU Pullman

If you have determined that WSU Pullman is not where you plan to enroll this fall, please cancel your residence hall contract. Once cancelled, we will refund your deposit and any initial payments, and re-assign your hall to another student.

WSU Student Affairs
PO Box 641066
Lighty Student Services 360
Pullman, WA 99164-1066