Housing and Dining

Contact Us

Main Office, Living Learning Center
1801 SW Jewell Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone: (785) 670-1065

Fax: (785) 670-1186

Email: resliving@washburn.edu

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday

8am - 5pm

About Residential Living...

Mission Statement

Residential Living is committed to supporting the University community by providing a comfortable, secure, and diverse living and learning environment for students that encourages community relations and personal and academic development.

Purpose Statement

The Office of Residential Living provides housing for Washburn students in on-campus facilities. Residential Living provides support for students making the transition to college and to the Topeka area, and works to provide opportunities for student growth and leadership. The office also provides an off-campus referral service to address the needs of our other Washburn students and to assist them in their transition into the Topeka community. During the summer months, the residence halls serve as summer housing for students and for university and community summer conference groups.

Programming Model

Students' learning at college should be pervasive both in and out of the classroom.  In Residential Living, we work to provide programs for students to help encourage learning and development outside of the classroom based on the 7 Dimensions of Wellness model.  Programs are events and opportunities implemented by our Resident Assistants for students that can fall under any of these seven categories.  Past programs have included anything from community game nights to international dinners to presentations on effective time management.

7 Dimensions of Wellness

Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellness.

Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness or stress; hope, love, joy and happiness in a productive manner contributes to our Emotional Wellness.

Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop congruency between values and actions and to realize a common purpose that binds creation together contributes to our Spiritual Wellness.

Environmental Wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities or our planet contributes to our Environmental Wellness.

Occupational Wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers to make a positive impact on the organizations we work in and to society as a whole leads to Occupational Wellness.

Intellectual Wellness is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning contributes to our Intellectual Wellness.

Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. The ability to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine check-ups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal Physical Wellness.

Student Learning Outcomes

In 2004, a team of student affairs professionals presented seven broad categories of learning outcomes in Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience (NASPA/ACPA). 

The following student learning outcomes are organized within these categories.

Cognitive ComplexityStudents will learn to...

  • foresee the consequences of their actions
  • articulate their ideas while respecting contrary ones
  • think independently and make decisions for themselves
  • process information regarding housing needs and requirements

Knowledge Acquisition, Integration, and ApplicationStudents will learn to...

  • use knowledge gained from classroom and extracurricular experiences and apply it to their residence hall community living
  • identify and utilize appropriate campus and life resources
  • internalize and follow basic college policies
  • recognize the 6 Core Values as a means to well-rounded living

HumanitarianismStudents will learn to...

  • respect, value, and appreciate diversity in the broadest sense
  • understand their personal identity and how it relates to their community
  • engage in discussion around sensitive issues
  • acknowledge the effect of past experiences on individual perspectives

Civic EngagementStudents will learn to...

  • recognize their personal impact on individual Washburn community members (students, faculty, and staff) and the community as a whole
  • recognize the importance of community standards
  • implement strategies for coexisting with others in a common living space
  • connect to the community outside of their residence hall
  • recognize effective leadership skills and opportunities to develop as leaders

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal CompetenceStudents will learn to...

  • communicate thoughts and feelings effectively
  • effectively manage and deal with conflict
  • recognize the role of collaboration and interdependence in community living
  • set boundaries in living situations and environments
  • navigate mature relationships

Practical CompetenceStudents will learn to...

  • make healthy lifestyle choices
  • effectively prioritize and manage their time commitments
  • perform basic life skills (i.e. laundry, cleaning, etc.)
  • follow safety procedures and the importance of such procedures

Persistence and Academic AchievementStudents will learn ...

  • to set goals and utilize strategies to obtain them
  • the role that residential living plays in their education
  • to prioritize academics as the central aim of their education
  • to study effectively in a residential college environment

Core Values

  • Diversity

  • Life Skills

  • Scholarship

  • Wellness

  • Service

  • Community