July 1, 2020

You are receiving this email because you signed-up to live in a WSU residence hall again for the Fall 2020-2021 academic year. 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. Consistent with the First Year Live in Rule (FLIR), we are prioritizing our first-time, first-year students in University-owned housing,

This means that we will not be able to honor every returning student’s housing contract. Some contracts will have to be cancelled in accordance with WSU Housing Policy (Section: Miscellaneous, page 7), which allows the University to cancel agreements in the event of extraordinary circumstances. You may have to find alternate housing.

Below, we are sharing as many scenarios as possible.

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.
  • Credits from Spring 2020 will still be applied. If you return to live in a residence hall, we will apply any credits you deferred. If you move off campus, these credits will still appear on your student account and you can apply that money towards tuition and required student fees even if you do not live with us in 2020-2021. Final residence hall rates for 2020-2021 can be viewed here.
Please let us know how we can be of assistance as you decide what is right for you and stay healthy.

Steps for switching to off campus housing

  1. Cancel your residence hall contract. Once cancelled, we will refund your deposit as well as any initial payments made.
  1. View the Off Campus Living website for current resources.  If you want further guidance on how to move off campus, we have a team of Housing Transition Coaches ready to help.  You can make a Zoom or phone appointment by contacting the Office of the Dean of Students with the online appointment request form.  You can also email, or call us at 509-335-5757. We have a very small number of on-campus apartments remaining. You can apply to live in our WSU-owned apartments here.

Information about returning to a WSU Residence Hall

We will not have enough rooms for all returning students who previously signed up for a residence hall contract.

If you recently signed up for housing as a returning student, it is highly unlikely we will be to be able to accommodate your request. You should begin looking for alternative housing arrangements now. Resources are listed above to help you with this transition. We will notify you by July 31, 2020 if we do not have a residence hall room available.

We will prioritize assignments by the date the residence hall contract was signed.  Students who signed up earliest will receive the priority to live on campus in 2020-2021, after first-time, first-year students are accommodated. 

Also, we may not be able to honor your original room assignment.  If you signed up for a double room without mutually requesting a roommate, we will need to reassign you to a single room. Final residence hall rates for 2020-2021 can be viewed here.  

If you would still like to request to stay in a residence hall, you will need to submit a contract addendum by July 12, 2020 (11:59 PM PT). The addendum will be available on July 6, 2020. You can preview the Housing contract addendum prior to July 6 here. Completing an addendum does not guarantee you a residence hall room.

If we do not receive an addendum by this deadline, we will cancel your residence hall contract and return your deposit and any initial payments.


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.


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