Worcester State University
Residence Life and Housing

 

For Parents of Resident Students

Parents Guide to the Residence Halls

             Room Furnishings

             Food Service

             Mail Information

             Keys
             OneCard
     -         Internet Connection
             Food Service
             Health Services
             
Helpful Hints
             FAQs
            Worcester State University Family Council

 

Parents Guide to the Residence Halls

Welcome to the Worcester State University Residence Halls. 

 

This guide has been designed to answer to some of the most frequently asked questions about campus housing.  The residence halls provide unique opportunities for students to live and learn in a community setting.  The residence life staff works daily to respond to the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of their students.  Worcester State University has three residential facilities located on campus, Chandler Village, Dowden Hall and Wasylean Hall.

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Room Furnishings

The college furnishes each room with bed(s), chair(s), desk(s), wardrobe(s) or built-in closet(s), and window shades.  Residents in Dowden and Wasylean Hall also receive a three-drawer dresser.

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Mail Information

Each student living on campus is assigned a mailbox.  Mail should be addressed as follows:

 

Your Student’s Name
Box number
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602-2597 


 

Mail is delivered to the residence halls on a daily basis.  Periodic cards and care packages are especially important for first year students.

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Keys

Keys are issued to all resident students upon arrival.  Students are responsible for their keys at all times.  They should never loan out their keys to a friend or roommate.  If a resident losses his/her key, he/she must report it immediately to the office.  To ensure the safety of your student and their roommates/housemates a lock change will be ordered.  The replacement costs for new keys are listed in the Residence Hall Handbook.  Students are required to return their keys to a residence hall staff member when checking out. 

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OneCard

OneCard is the official identification card for all Worcester State University students, faculty and staff. It is convenient and flexible. Your OneCard also may be used for debit transactions to purchase food, books, copies, printing and other campus services.  It is important to take care of your OneCard as if it were your bank card or driver’s license. Your OneCard works on a debit card principle; you can only make purchases if you have the funds available

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Internet Connection

Worcester State University is a wireless campus.

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Food Service

All students living on campus must be on a meal plan.   Students with fewer than 90 credits must purchase a full board plan.  Once a student has contracted for food service, the commitment remains in effect for the entire academic year.  Changes in meal plans may be made within the first week of each semester.

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Health Services

The Health Services Office is located in the lobby of the gym building.  Services include acute and routine medical care, allergy injections, gynecological services, specialty referrals, immunizations, and hypertension screenings.

 

The office is staffed full-time by two nurse practitioners and part-time physicians.  All resident students are required to have health coverage while enrolled at Worcester State University.  Students may choose to have their own plan or one through the school.

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Helpful Hints

*If something needs repair in your student’s room, suite or house, a maintenance work order may be filled out online through the work orders section of the Residence Life website.

 

*If family members or friends are dropping off your student, have them take extra suitcases home with them.  There are no storage facilities on campus.

 

*Encourage your student to get to know their Resident Assistants (RAS), they are here to help your child get the most out of their college experience. 

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Frequently Asked Questions?

Q:  Can students have microwaves?

A:  Yes, residents are allowed to have UL approved microwaves in their bedrooms.  The Office of Residence Life encourages roommates to only bring one microwave per room.  Other cooking appliances such as hot plates, coil water-heaters, toaster ovens, hot pots, etc. are prohibited.

 

Q:  What should your student do if they are not getting along with his/her roommate?

A:  If your students and his/her roommate are unable to solve a conflict, they should first discuss the problem with their RA.  If the situation does not improve, the RA may refer your student to the Resident Director in charge of that area. Room changes are not permitted during the first three weeks of each semester unless the RD deems the situation an emergency.   

 

Q: What forms of public transportation are available to my student?

A:  In addition to the college van service, there is a Worcester City Bus stop located in front of the campus (Chandler Street).  Also, a consortium bus runs between the nine area colleges, and it’s free to WSU students with a college ID.  Freshmen resident students are not permitted to have cars on campus.

 

Q:  What is a Resident Assistant (RA) and what is their role?

A:  A Resident Assistant (RA) is a full-time student employed by the college.  They help students adjust to college life, serve as resources for campus information, enforce college policies, and help resolve roommate/community conflicts.

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Worcester State University Family Council

The purpose of the family council is to encourage the active interest of parents of Worcester State University students in the activities and programs of WSU, in order that they may share in the continued development of their sons and daughters.  If you would like to information about joining the Family Council, please contact Lisa Godfrin, (Development Office) at 508-929-8979 or Eileen Durell (Student Activities) at 508-929-8073.

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Related Links
  Residence Hall License Agreement & Questionnaire 2014-2015
  Commuter Student Wait List
  Summer '14 Res Life Employment Application
  Summer '14 Housing Application


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