At Northwest, our housing philosophy is specifically tailored to help students transition to life on campus, progress towards independent living and being a contributing member of the community, and then be ready to transition to life away from the campus atmosphere and its community of support. With this goal in mind, our housing program consists of three different living atmospheres:
All of our freshmen buildings are designed to help new residents transition to living with others. Residents are required to have a roommate, share a community bathroom, and are provided with a variety of in-hall services to assist in their transition. Our RAs (Resident Assistants) are present on each floor to provide social events, educational programs, enforce campus policies, help resolve conflicts, and assist with problems and emergencies. Our ARCHs (Academic Resource Consultant in Hall) are available to help with academic issues and our BRIDGEs (Building Relationships and Integrating Diverse Growth Experiences) live in each hall to help provide experiences for diversity and multicultural development. Together, these student staff members provide a wide variety of educational and social programs designed to help residents adjust to their new environment. Freshmen halls also have limited visitation and guest privileges.
Our upperclass buildings house primarily sophomores and juniors (seniors and graduate students may also live here) and are designed knowing that these residents have mostly made the transition to college life. These building comes can offer rooms in either suite or pod configurations. Our suites give residents a private living and bathroom area instead of the community amenities of the freshmen halls. Our buildings designed with pods share bathrooms with only a few rooms instead of an entire floor and offer more privacy. Select rooms come with a loft design that offers private bathrooms and living rooms. These buildings have RAs and BRIDGEs. ARCHs are not present in upperclass halls. Upperclass residents also enjoy greater flexibility with housing policies such as having 24-hour visitation.
While all upperclassmen and graduate students may live here, Forest Village is designed primarily for seniors who are readying themselves for graduation and life off campus. Each apartment offers a private bedroom for each resident and private bathrooms. A full kitchen and laundry facilities are also standard for residents. In a unique move that is specifically designed to prepare students for the leases, contracts, and bills of the off-campus world, Forest Village residents are billed directly for their utility use. For example, they must pay a monthly electric bill that is based on the amount they use. Forest Village is staffed by one SA (Student Assistant) per building who is on hand to help with residents needs. SAs offer social and educations programs as well, but in a diminished capacity when compared to other areas on campus.