A BIG, B I G, word of warning to WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY students out there who are looking to live in the WESTERN VIEW APTS. If you are a SENIOR who will be graduating at the end of the 2015, or you will be graduating in the spring of 2016, PLEASE do not sign any contract to move into WESTERN VIEW without adding that fact to your contract. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES sign the general Residence Life contract!!!!! The small print says that you will be held financially liable to pay the rent until the contract ends, WHETHER YOU CONTINUE TO BE A STUDENT OR NOT!!!!!! Now, if you are a graduating senior who intends to stay there and go right into a Graduate Program, fine. You will be okay. But if you are graduating and, say, you have taken a job elsewhere, get ready for a financial bashing! Even if you graduate and must move across the nation to a job, YOU STILL HAVE TO PAY THE RENT ON YOUR WESTERN VIEW APARTMENT UNTIL YOUR CONTRACT ENDS!! And the majority of the contracts specify an August to August term. Please be aware that NO ONE IN RESIDENCE LIFE WILL TELL YOU THIS--NO ONE THERE WILL WARN YOU ABOUT THIS AT ALL. They will blithely put that one year contract in front of you and you will sign it, completely unaware of the financial beating you are in for. Suppose you are to graduate in December, but the term of the contract does not expire until the end of the following August. YOU WILL BE FORCED TO PAY RENT FOR THE FOLLOWING SPRING, SUMMER I AND SUMMER II. At about $475 per month this will be an astronomical fee. And you cannot get out of it. So PLEASE do yourself a big favor. Don't sign the Western View Contract without asking a lot of questions. My daughter was one of 45 students who got financially burned this way. I am posting this on Facebook as a warning to all. Juniors also need to be warned most strongly about this as the new contracts will be coming up this fall.
I've seen plenty of good things and a few bad things while being at this university. The best thing about Western are it's students, 90% percent of them are extremely friendly and accepting. I've never felt so at home in my life. But the condition of the campus and reputation of the school ruins what is really there. College is what you make it, so don't complain about where you are. Also if you want to go somewhere else then pay the extra money and don't complain to people about a college that you settled for. (that's to all the MSU rejects, please leave)