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Student reads on a bottom bunk bed in a first-year residence hall


Case Western Reserve University students are often far from their hometowns, but they quickly make CWRU their home, with nearly 90 percent living on campus throughout their undergraduate careers. 

Of course amenities like an easily accessible fitness center, apartment-style suites with private kitchens and baths and a Starbucks downstairs don't hurt, but it's more than the obvious perks that make campus living at CWRU so valuable.

The true value of Case Western Reserve housing is that it is deliberately designed to prepare students for life as independent adults.

First Year

  • Aids the transition from family life to college by stressing community-living: roommates, shared amenities, common spaces for conversation
  • Residential college model connects residents to academic support, campus activities, residence hall programs and events

Second Year

  • More autonomy, suite-style arrangements, with single rooms around a living room and bathroom, allowing each student to live with a smaller group while still having ties to the larger community
  • Community expectations, responsibilities, policies and procedures reflect increasing maturity

Later Stages 

  • More approximate the responsibilities and rewards of living as an adult in society, preparing residents to make the transition from undergraduate CWRU student to whatever comes next
  • Private bedrooms, well-appointed kitchens
  • Community council opportunities allow students to personalize their community and live out more self-directed lifestyles

Come graduation, Case Western Reserve students aren't just academically prepared to confront challenges and maximize opportunities in their careers, their residence life experience ensures they're primed for the everyday realities of independence.