FAQ

common questions about 58 West

What is 58 West?

It’s an apartment community designed especially with Western Michigan University students in mind. 58 West features a variety of spacious, furnished apartments with in-unit laundry, plus a full set of community features such as a fitness center, pool and hot tub, tanning bed and more. All just minutes from WMU, with its own bus directly to campus.

Is 58 West part of Western Michigan University?

58 West is a privately owned and professionally managed community. Click here for more information about the new management and ownership.

Can I live with friends, or can you match me with roommates?

You can select your roommate(s), or you can apply on your own and we can match you with other students. Applicants answer a short list of lifestyle questions to help in the matching process.

What are per-person contracts?

Instead of requiring all roommates to sign a joint lease, each person at 58 West has their own individual contract, with one person per bedroom. This means you are only responsible for paying for yourself — not your roommates. Even if a roommate moves out or other bedrooms in your apartment are empty, you only pay the rate for your bedroom.

What is included in the rate?

Each resident at 58 West pays a flat rate that includes:

  • High-speed Internet
  • Water/sewer, trash removal
  • Washer and dryer in each apartment
  • A full set of furniture
  • On-site management
  • Community features — pool, fitness center, tanning, etc.

Are the apartments furnished?

Yes, all apartments at 58 West include a furniture package including a full-size bed, dresser, desk and chair in each bedroom, and a leather-style living room set, coffee table, entertainment stand and dining set in each living room. To see a sample of the furniture and other finishes, please visit our model apartments.

When do the contracts start and end?

The standard term is August 31, 2018 to August 9, 2019, with payments made in 12 equal installments. Limited alternate dates are available; please inquire with our staff.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. Residents can pay online 24 hours per day, by credit card or ACH electronic checking. 58 West also offers automatic payment by either credit card or checking account — just fill out one page, one time and payments will be made automatically. There is a convenience fee for one-time online payments, but automatic recurring payments are always free.

Will my financial aid cover charges at 58 West?

Your living costs at 58 West can be covered by financial aid, just like on-campus housing. Any available financial aid funds, after university charges are satisfied, are released to the student for non-institutional expenses, such as off-campus housing. These funds can be used to pay charges at 58 West. Normal payment deadlines will continue to apply.

Is 58 West open to non-students?

Nearly all the residents at 58 West are students at WMU or Kalamazoo College and the per-person contracts are also designed with students in mind. Nonetheless, 58 West is an Equal Opportunity housing provider and welcomes applications from non-students. Family members are welcome as well, subject to occupancy limits. Because of the need to match student roommates, non-students must apply together with enough roommates to fill the desired apartment.

What kind of safety and security are provided?

58 West has fire sprinklers, steel front doors with deadbolts and individually locking bedroom doors. Management staff are also on-site 24×7 and can be reached by a 24-hour phone number.

What are the policies on pets, smoking and guests?

58 West is a no-pets community. All indoor areas at the community, including apartments, are smoke-free; the residents will share a minimum $250 deep cleaning fee if there is any smoking in an apartment. Guests are welcome at all times, subject to the consent of apartment-mates and security considerations. Overnight guests are welcome, with limits on the number of days and guests.

Can I park my vehicle at 58 West?

58 West offers free surface parking for all residents, as well as optional reserved covered parking spaces. Limited guest parking is also available at no charge.

What other transportation options will I have?

58 West has its own stop on the Kalamazoo Metro bus #16, which runs straight to and from the WMU “Campus Loading Zone” every 30 minutes from 6am to 10pm, Monday through Saturday. It’s just a 13-minute ride from campus.

Can I see a model apartment?

Yes. Please request an appointment for a personal tour, or just stop by to see us and we’ll be happy to show you the community.