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How Does the College Accommodate Students With Special Needs/Disabilities?

Wheaton College does not discriminate on the basis of disability and offers accessible housing and other services to students who properly establish a need for them. Students with disabilities who may require accommodation with respect to campus housing or food services should contact the Assistant Director of Residence Life for details as to the kinds of documentation that may be necessary to obtain accommodations in housing or food services. The Assistant Director of Housing will evaluate the request and, if necessary, consult with the Director of Residence Life and Housing, the Director of Student Health Services, the Dean of Student Life, the Dean of Students, and/or the Director of Physical Plant before communicating back to the student how the request will be resolved. For further information, please see College policy on Services for Students with Disabilities (available on-campus only).

When do I find out my housing and roommate assignment?

New students receive their housing information in early July via Wheaton College email. Continuing students receive their housing assignment confirmation in mid-July via Wheaton College email.

Does campus housing close at any point during the school year?

Yes, campus housing closes for Christmas Break, Spring Break and the summer months. Campus housing remains open for Fall Break and Thanksgiving Break. For specific closing dates and times, see the Residence Life Calendar.

Do the residence halls have kitchens?

Yes, each residence hall is equipped with a kitchen, which includes at least one oven/stove, at least one microwave, a refrigerator and minimal cooking utensils.

How do I find out specific information about my residence hall room/apartment/house?

Go to Housing Options for detailed information about each campus housing unit.

Who may apply to live in campus-owned apartments and houses?

Students who will be in their 3rd, 4th or 5th years at Wheaton College are eligible to apply for campus-owned apartments and houses.

How do I ship my belongings to campus?

All mail is received at the College Post Office (CPO). The mailing address for both packages and letters is:

    <Student's Name>

    CPO <number>

    Wheaton College

    501 East College Avenue

    Wheaton, IL 60187

Questions regarding CPO address or shipping may be directed to the College Post Office at (630) 752-5083.

What type of computer do I need to hook up to the campus network (ResNet)?

Go to the Resnet homepage for more information.

Should we buy renters insurance?

We suggest that every family look into their current insurance plan and determine what coverage it provides your student at College. Though we are a Christian community and work to foster a trusting community, there are times things go missing. Every year we have reports of clothing, computers/laptops/tablets, smart phones, bikes, wallets, game consoles, and text books going missing. It is not a common occurrence, but we would want your student to be covered if something like that happened. Wheaton College has connected with College Renters Insurance Plans to offer students affordable renters insurance. With a deductible of $100 and a cost as low as $12 per month, College Renters Insurance is a wise investment for all students living away at school. Visit www.collegerentersplan.com/wheaton for more information.

What type of storage is available?

  • All the residence halls provide limited storage at no cost for students who want to store boxes over the summer. Space limitations vary by residence hall; contact the Residence Director for more information.
  • Residence Halls provide limited bike storage on a first come, first serve basis throughout the academic year and over the summer.
  • Each campus apartment is assigned a basement storage cage, which is approximately 6'x3'x6'.
  • Summer storage is only available to students who are continuing their enrollment the following fall semester.

See the Policies page for more information.

Can guests visit me & stay in my residence hall room/apartment/house?

  • No overnight guest of the opposite sex is permitted at any time in student housing.
  • All guests of the student should be the student's peers and friends.
  • Parents and other adults should not be invited to stay in College housing.
  • Guests are limited to three-day visits, and guests in the residence halls must be registered with the Resident Assistant.
  • Wheaton does not offer any other guest housing.

How do I change my meal plan?

  • Meal plan changes may be made until 4:30PM on Friday of the first week of classes, each semester.
  • Changes must be made online or in writing and sent to the Housing Services Office (Student Services Building 218)
  • Changes sent only to the Student Accounts Office or the Wheaton Installment Program will not be honored.

How do I resolve a roommate conflict?

  • Speak directly to the person with whom you are having conflict.
  • Identify the area causing conflict for you and identify the options that will help the conflict be resolved.
  • Seek input from the person with whom you are in conflict to understand the conflict from his/her perspective and to hear his/her ideas about how to resolve the conflict.
  • Discuss solutions until all persons agree on understandable and attainable solutions that, to the best degree possible, will help all persons in conflict be resolved.
  • If the suggestions above have not worked, or you feel intimidated by the person(s) with whom you are in conflict, seek out the help of a friend or staff member at the College (such as a Resident Assistant, Graduate Resident Adviser, or Residence Director), who are trained to help you work toward resolving the conflict.

How do I get involved in my residence hall community life?

Living in community works best when you are willing to initiate relationships with those around you. This can be challenging, especially at first, when it may seem strange or awkward to introduce yourself or knock on the door of someone you don’t yet know. In the process of getting to know the people you live with and around, however, you will begin to see areas where others may need your encouragement or where you may need theirs. Seek ways to reach out and be available, both to encourage others and to receive encouragement.

You may also volunteer your time to help serve your peers in the residence halls through the Community Life Council or through your Resident Assistant. Federal Work Study employment opportunities also exist in Fischer, Smith-Traber, and McManis-Evans as Hall Attendants and Night watch Desk Monitors. Contact your Residence Life staff for more information about these options.

What can I bring?

The following are suggestions of things to bring to campus. Some are necessities; others are optional. Remember, too, that you don’t have to bring everything with you at one time. Many students choose to arrive on-campus and “scope out” their room, space limitations and roommate’s preferences before purchasing items. There are many department stores in the Wheaton area, where you can buy everything from granola bars to shelving units to 3M hooks!

  • Towels and washcloths*
  • Blankets and pillow*
  • Extra long sheets (36" x 80")*
  • Cold weather clothing* (boots, coat, hat, scarf, gloves, long underwear, etc.)
  • Hangers*
  • Rain gear
  • Study lamp
  • Laundry basket & detergent
  • Clothes drying rack
  • Iron
  • Swimsuit
  • Bicycle and secure lock ("U" locks recommended)
  •  Desk supplies (sticky notes, pens, pencils, scissors, ruler, stapler, markers, etc.)
  • Plants, posters, and other decorative items
  • Paper shredder
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Alarm clock
  • Multiple outlet power strip with surge protector
  • Three-prong extension cord
  • Board games
  • Backpack/book bag
  • Calculator
  • Wall or desk calendar
  • White plastic adhesive or 3M brand hooks (may be purchased in the campus bookstore; no nails or tape may be used in Residence Hall rooms)
  • Plate, bowl, silverware
  • Coffee mug
  • Storage crates for under your bed
  • Stackable crates
  • Stackable/hanging shoe rack
  • Refrigerator that does not exceed 4 cubic feet in size

      * Necessary items

What should I not bring?

  • Pets other than fish
  • Nails or screws to hang items on walls (students in Residence Halls may use white plastic adhesive and 3M hooks)
  • Candles
  • Wireless Router
  • Fireworks
  • Real, play, or decorative weapons (including paintball guns and water balloon launchers)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Microwave
  • Hot plate
  • Two-prong extension cords
  • Road/construction signs

Does the College provide insurance coverage for my personal belongings?

Wheaton College does not provide insurance for a student's personal belongings. Please reference your homeowner's/rental insurance policy for information regarding coverage available for property away from the main residence. The below insurance companies are not endorsed by Wheaton College but are simply offered as options if your belongings are not insured under your parent's home owner's policy.

Is my off campus housing status impacted if I defer enrollment or withdraw from Wheaton?

If a student defers enrollment or withdraws from Wheaton College for the fall semester after having been granted off-campus permission, they forfeit their off campus status and will be required to live on campus for the spring semester.

How can I make phone calls if I do not have a cell phone?

Our residence hall rooms no longer have College provided phones. There are phones in the main lobbies and floor lounge areas where students will be able to dial 800 numbers, campus numbers and 9-911 in case of an emergency. Listed below are some communication options that students can use. These alternate methods of communication are not endorsed by Wheaton College, but are listed for your convenience.

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