Living in the Honors Community

Photo of the entrance to the historic Edens Hall
Photo of marble plaque outside of Edens Hall. Text reads "Built 1921 T. F. Doan, architect. Renovated 1994 Duarte Bryant architecture"
Edens Hall front desk, mailboxes and stairwell

Edens-Higginson Community

As an Honors student, you have the option of living in the Honors Residential Community in Edens Hall, Edens North, and Higginson Hall. Check out these beautiful buildings with the Virtual Tour of Edens.

Living with other Honors students in this community on campus:

  • Fosters a strong sense of community.
  • Provides a network of peers who have shared experiences both in the hall and in the classroom.
  • Connects students with leadership opportunities both in the hall council and on the floor.

Edens Hall (EH) consists of four floors and is home to 158 residents. This building offers double and triple rooms entered from interior hallways. EH is suite-style which means each bathroom connects two (same gender) rooms together. Edens has an elevator and wheelchair accessible.

Edens North (EN) consists of four floors and is home to 117 residents. This building offers single, double, and triple rooms entered from interior hallways. EN is hall-style which means residents of the same gender live on the same floor and share a hall bathroom.

The kitchen and laundry for students in both EH and EN are located in Edens North.

Housing Questions

The Honors College does not oversee the dorm placement or room selection process. All housing questions should be directed to University Residences. You can call 360-650-6565 or email

To stay up to date on Housing deadlines, make sure to check out the WWU Housing Timeline.

How to get into the Honors Residential Community

Steps for Incoming Honors Students

  • Apply for on-campus housing by the New Student Priority Deadline. On the housing application, indicate any or all of the Honors dorms as your first/second/third choices.
    • Students interested in Honors housing can submit their housing application prior to hearing a final decision on their Honors application. If a student is not admitted to Honors, University Residences (UR) simply goes to the next non-Honors dorm listed on an applicant's dorm list. 
  • Admitted Honors students will receive a notice to confirm attendance as well as indicate their housing preference. Select the Honors housing cluster checkbox within the Honors Decision Form to indicate you want Honors Housing. The rest is handled through University Residences (UR) and the regular housing application.

Students do not need to email Honors to request themed housing. Themed housing requests are handled through the Honors Decision Form.

Steps for Returning Students

Honors students currently living on campus will receive an email with instructions during the housing renewal period in early February. If you have not received this email, please email

Other Housing Notes

  • Edens Hall is Honors priority meaning Honors students with fellow Honors roommates have priority. Mixed student groups (an Honors student + non-Honors student) are often placed in Edens North or Higginson.​

  • If you change your mind about living in the Honors dorm cluster, you will need to email Kate at so we can change your housing code. Otherwise, you will ONLY be able to select a room in EH/EN/Higgy.​

  • Your Housing Priority Date is the date you apply for admission to Western, not the date you apply for housing. Students who meet all deadlines and with earlier priority dates have a greater chance of ending up in a room in one of their housing preferences.​