Living in Community

One of the most unique features of Warren Wilson is its strong campus community. Warren Wilson is a residential campus where 90% of students live on campus, which creates a vibrant residential experience.

Residence Life Staff

Your residence hall experience is guided and overseen by three levels of staff support, with Residence Assistants (RAs) living in your hall and working directly with you to create an environment that supports learning, openness, tolerance, respect, and individual responsibility. RA’s are backed-up by Residence Directors and Area Coordinators that help handle administrative issues, facilities, mediation, and emergency response.

Can I Commute?

Warren Wilson is deliberately a residential community. Participating in the residential community on campus, while also working on campus, is a critical component to a WWC education. Students who live on campus have been shown to be more engaged in campus life, which contributes positively to their experience in college, identity development, and in most cases achieving a higher GPA. That’s why we require 3 years of campus residence and Work Program participation to graduate (with exceptions for transfer students).

Students who have yet to complete 90 credit hours or are under age 22 (including most First Year students) will be approved to live off-campus only when one of the following is true:

  • Living with parents or guardians in the area
  • Living with spouse or domestic partner
  • Living with dependent child
  • Financially independent as determined by the IRS

When you are part of a community, your level of accountability for yourself and your surroundings heightens. Its not just a random face cleaning your bathroom, it’s your roomate’s or your neighbor’s. Treating everyone in my environment as a human being like me regardless of what they are doing rather than a task or a service is something that has stayed with me.

Kathleen Maloney, '04, Outdoor Leadership
Students talk outside

Getting Your Roommate

As a new student, you’re assigned a room and roommate based on your responses to the Room Selection Survey, which is part of the onboarding webpage. The survey will ask you about your habits, preferences, interests, and lifestyle. We make every effort to honor your preferences and place you in an environment where you’ll thrive, but living in community will involve compromise at times.


Themed Living

Themed living at Warren Wilson College creates strong links between the living and learning experiences. Students in our themed communities share similar interests, backgrounds, and goals and are supported in developing a living environment that relates to the theme of the program.

Examples of Themed Living have included:

  • Alliance Floor: This community is an intentional and supportive space of all gender and sexual identities. Residents will engage in honest dialogue about gender, gender identity, sexuality and interpersonal relationships as a means to self-awareness.
  • Engage: This community is a mentor program created to help WWC students of color thrive here on campus. Ten first year mentees will build camaraderie with each other and their five upper class mentors that all live on the same hall. Mentees will meet up with mentors often for guidance and friendship, as well as join other folks of color on campus for celebrations each month.
  • Gap Year: Each year more than 10% of incoming Warren Wilson students are returning from a gap year. This floor provides a community of other students who share the gap year experience. Residents of this community will be supported in understanding their Warren Wilson experience in the context of their gap year.
  • Transfer: This arrangement affords new transfer students the opportunity to increase their sense of belonging and community through a shared living experience.
  • Wellness: This community is for students who are engaged in a substance free lifestyle and looking for a safe space to continue sobriety. In addition, the community introduces students to a wide range of wellness topics such as physical wellness, emotional wellness, and the mind-body-spirit connection. Residents of this community sign a floor agreement stating that they will not have substances in their room at any time, nor will they enter the floor under the influence of any substances.

Housing Accessibility Accommodations

Warren Wilson is pleased to offer residence hall accommodations, such as private rooms or private bathrooms, for students with documented needs.

Applying for a Housing Accessibility Accommodation

To apply for a Housing Accessibility Accommodation:

  1. Complete and submit the Accessible Student Housing Form.
  2. Contact your medical provider with your specific housing accommodation(s) request.
  3. Share the following link with your medical provider and request that the medical provider complete the Housing Accessibility Accommodations Form.
  4. The medical provider will complete and submit the form.

When the official Housing Accessibility Accommodations Forms are received, they will be reviewed by the Housing Accessibility Accommodations committee. When a determination has been made, you will be notified of the outcome.

Received documentation is kept confidential. Your private information is only released and/or discussed on a need-to-know basis and is subject to FERPA guidelines. No information concerning inquiries about accommodations or the documentation will be released and/or discussed without consent from the individual requesting the housing accessibility accommodation.