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Residence Life & Housing

Supporting an inclusive and healthy environment for all students.

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At Western, we prioritize our students’ well-being by creating safe and inclusive living environments that foster academic growth and personal success. Through a curriculum model, we cultivate responsible, empowered and actively engaged members of Western’s community.

On-Campus Housing

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More than just a place to live.

Western’s on-campus housing was intentionally designed to be inclusive, comfortable and supportive spaces where all students can thrive. Western offers great living options for your time on campus, including traditional residence halls, two-bedroom suites and apartments. Learn more about the housing process, residence hall options, move-in process, room and board rates and more.

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Living and learning

Western offers great living options for your time on campus, including traditional residence halls, two-bedroom suites and apartments.

Meal Plans & Dining

Western Rare Air Cafe

A place to dine and connect.

At Western, we take pride in our consistent delivery of excellent food and our commitment to quality dining experiences for our students. Our expert chefs offer a wide variety of fresh food designed to satisfy your appetite with food choices to rival your favorite restaurants.

Our diverse menus offer everything—from vegan and vegetarian dishes—to hand-crafted pizzas, omelets, sandwiches and soup. We also cater to dietary restrictions, to ensure that there is something delicious for everyone.

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Rare Air Café

The Rare Air Café embodies convenience and community. From dawn to dark, you can enjoy a well-balanced, all-you-can-eat selection of food while enjoying downtime with friends, classmates or even just a quiet meal by yourself.

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Resident Resources

Find the resources you need to make your life on campus a success.

Whether you’re a new or returning student to Western, we know you probably have a lot of questions about how to successfully navigate life on campus. Our Resident Resources will provide you with the important information you need about residents’ rights, campus safety, internet access and more.

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Employee Transitional Housing

Western offers transitional housing to new, benefitted employees who are relocating from outside the Gunnison Valley. Apartments are available to both staff and faculty for up to one year, pending availability. The Employee Housing Application can be found in Western’s housing portal. To learn more, contact Residence Life.

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Places to gather

Music circles are a common site on Western’s campus. We’ve carefully designed a variety of spaces to ensure your comfort, help you focus and maximize your success.

Department Information

Residence Life


Craig Beebe, Ed.S.

Director of Residence Life

Administrative Assistant

Brenda Kaffenberger

Administrative Assistant

Assistant Director

McKenzie Mathewson, M.S.

Associate Director of Community Wellness

Contact Information



Campus Location

Western Colorado University
University Center 117
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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