Wayne State University

FAQs

About Guest Housing

What is guest housing?
Guest housing is available to guests of Wayne State University who will have a business affiliation with the university during their stay. Guest housing is also available to guests of current residents in university housing. A limited number of one and two bedroom apartments are available that can host one to four individuals. All guests must be hosted by Wayne State University and verification must be provided.
When is guest housing available?
Guest housing is available year round on a first come, first served basis.
Where is guest housing located?
Guest housing is located in the Helen L. DeRoy Apartments and University Tower.

Eligibility

What is a guest and am I eligible?
Guest housing is available to guests of Wayne State University who will have a business affiliation with the university during their stay or who are guests of current residents. Wayne State University cannot house individuals who are seeking housing for vacations or other types of tourist activities due to tax laws. Examples of eligible guests are WSU alumni, visiting scholars, researchers, interns, guests of current residents or other guests hosted by a WSU department. Contact the guest housing coordinator at 313-577-7869 or at ab0227@wayne.edu if you require assistance determining eligibility.
Are children under the age of 18 permitted in guest housing?
Unaccompanied minors (under the age of 18) are not permitted in guest housing. Minors accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times during their stay on campus are welcomed.
I am thinking about becoming a WSU student; can I stay in guest housing?
Yes. Perspective students are welcomed to stay in guest housing as part of the university’s orientation program.
Can my family stay in guest housing around the university’s commencement date?
Graduating students, who reside in WSU housing, may have family members stay in guest housing.
What is the difference between guest housing and a conference group?
Guest housing is for groups of four or less per guest unit and who are housed in the Helen L. DeRoy Apartments or in University Tower. A conference group will have more than four attendees, will be housed in either Towers Residential Suites or in Atchison/Ghafari Residence Halls. Conference group housing is available from mid-May to mid-August only.
I am a student from another college/university; am I eligible to stay in guest housing?
No.

Alternative Guest Housing Options

Can you recommend some nearby apartments which I can rent?
No. The guest housing coordinator does not have off campus apartment information.
Can you recommend some nearby hotels that are available?
Yes. Listed below are a few suggested hotels in and around Detroit. All listed prices are subject to change. Be sure to ask if a WSU discount is available.

Atheneum Hotel
1000 Brush Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
(800) 772-2323
Located in Greektown
2.4 miles from campus
$129.00

Hotel St. Regis
3071 W Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 873-3000
.7 miles from campus
$139.00

Courtyard Marriott
333 East Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 222-7700
3.6 miles from campus
Located across from the Renaissance Ctr.
$125.00

Inn on Ferry Street
84 E. Ferry
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 871-6000
Recommended hotel - located a few blocks from campus; shuttle service available
.5 miles from campus
$109.00-129.00

Hilton Garden Inn
351 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 424-1262
2.2 miles from campus
$99.00

Marriott Renaissance Center
100 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 568-8000
3.9 miles from campus
$179.00

Holiday Inn Express
1020 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 887-7000
2.8 miles from campus
$89.00

Omni Detroit Hotel at River Place
1000 River Place
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 259-9500
4.4 miles from campus
$129.00

Can you find me a roommate?
Unfortunately WSU does not offer a roommate service for guest housing. You may, however, find your own roommate but only one person may sign the contract. The name(s) and gender(s) of the roommate(s) must appear on the contract prior to check-in.

Making a reservation

How do I make a reservation for guest housing?
Contact the guest housing coordinator either by email (ab0227@wayne.edu) or by phone (313-577-7869) to check on guest housing availability. Requests must be submitted at least two full business days prior to arrival. You are strongly advised to reserve a guest unit as soon as possible since guest apartments have a limited availability. Your request must be in writing and must contain the following information: Exact check-in/check-out dates Names and genders of all guests Email address of guest who will sign the contract Documentation indicating affiliation with WSU
When will I receive a confirmation?
Reservations will be confirmed by email as soon as the proof of affiliation, the signed contract and payment has been received. It is recommended that you bring your confirmation email with you at check-in.

Changing/cancelling a reservation

What if I have to leave earlier than the end date on my contract?
If you check-out prior to the date specified in the contract, you are liable for payment for the entire period. No refunds.
What if I cancel my contract before I check-in? Can I get a refund?
Yes. Payment for a canceled guest unit can be refunded or applied toward a replacement reservation. Refunds will be returned within 4 weeks if cancellation takes place 7 days prior to check-in.
Can I change my dates of stay?
Contact the guest housing unit coordinator to see if a date change is possible.
Can I add another guest to my existing reservation?
Additional guests may be added as long as the total number of guests does not exceed the maximum capacity of the guest unit.

Rates and Payment

Can I pay when I check-in?
No. The completed and signed contract and full payment is due within five business days of making a reservation. After five days, if the contract and payment have not been received, your reservation will be cancelled.
How do I make the payment?
Payment is made online. The guest unit coordinator will email you the payment link along with payment instructions. Payment can be made by personal check or by credit card. A service fee applies for all credit card transactions.
Are there any discounts available?
Rates for guest housing are discounted for stays that exceed one week.

Accomodations/Amenities

What will I find in a guest unit?
All guest units are air conditioned and fully furnished. Guest units include a refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishes, cookware, utensils, iron, ironing board, bed, couch, chair, dining area, end tables, lamps, and a television. Guest units also come with pillows, towels and linens, however, guests are responsible to clean the apartment throughout their stay. Towels and linens will be replaced once a week as long as no personal items are on the bed. Toiletries/soaps are not included. Vacuuming will be completed once per week as long as no personal items are on the floor.
Can I see a picture of a guest unit?
Some guest unit pictures are available. Contact the guest housing coordinator.
Is there a laundry room?
Yes. Laundry rooms are provided throughout each apartment facility. Laundry costs $1.50 per wash cycle and $1.50 per dry cycle in a normal sized appliance. Machines can be operated either by coin or by using funds that you deposited on your access card.  Laundry facilities are located on all odd numbered floors in DeRoy and on the first floor in University Tower.
What is in the kitchen?
All guest apartments include a refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishes, cookware, utensils, iron and ironing board.
Is internet available?
WSU-Public is a Wi-Fi network designed for Wayne State guests and visitors and is available across campus.  To connect to WSU-Public:  1.  In the wireless internet options of your computer or mobile device, select SSID (network name) WSU-Public.  Launch a web browser.  The WSU-Public login should appear automatically.  If not, enter a URL, to see the WSU-Public login page.  3.  Review the terms of use and click login.  Click take me to the internet and you are connected.  Note:  The network is available to the public, but use is subject to certain restrictions. 
Are smoking apartments available?
No. WSU is a smoke and tobacco free campus.
Is there a telephone in the guest unit?
No, there are no telephones in a guest unit.
I’ve lost my key and my access card. Now what do I do?
Report the lost key and access card to the front desk of the guest unit housing facility. The fee for a lost card is $20 and the fee for a lost key is $150.
I like to exercise. Is the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center included in my contract?
Recreational facilities are not included in your rate. You may bring a copy of your contract to the Recreation and Fitness Center front desk to sign up as a guest.
Will anyone else be sharing the guest unit with me?
No. Only those individuals listed on your contract will have access in addition to university maintenance personnel.
What if there is a maintenance issue during my stay?
Contact the front desk of your housing guest unit with your concern to place a work order.

Dining

Are meals included?
Meals are not included , however, you are welcome to purchase meals and retail items at the various campus dining locations. Ask the guest housing coordinator for a dining brochure or click here.

Getting Around

How do I get to campus?
Find driving directions to the various campus buildings by locating your destination on the campus map and then use your favorite mapping search engine. Feel free to ask your guest housing coordinator for additional assistance.
Is there a campus shuttle?
Yes. There are free campus shuttles for the main campus and for the medical campus. Hours of operation vary by semester. Get more information for all types of transportation options on Wayne State's Transportation page.

Parking

Is parking included with my stay?
No, parking is not included with guest housing.  Extended stay parking permits may be purchased by visiting the OneCard Service Center with your building access card and a copy of your contract.  Short term guest parking information can be found at http://parking.wayne.edu/visitorguest.php. Please note that only Parking Structures #2 and #8 are available for overnight parking.
What if I get a parking ticket?
Unfortunately, if you receive a parking ticket, it is your responsibility to take care of it. Parking rules are strictly enforced on campus.
What is my mailing address while staying on campus?
The mailing addresses and telephone numbers for the front desks of each guest housing building are as follows. This information may also be found in your contract and in your confirmation email.

Wayne State University
Helen L. DeRoy Apartments
(Your Name)
(Your Apartment Number)

5200 Anthony Wayne Drive
Detroit, MI  48202
313-577-2121

Wayne State University
University Tower Apartments
(Your Name)
(Your Apartment Number)

4500 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI  48202
313-577-8887

Check-in/Check-out

Where do I go to check-in?
Check-in at the front desk of your assigned guest housing facility with your confirmation email. You will be given a key and an access card.
Is there a check-in and check-out time?
Yes. Guests are welcomed to check-in after 1:00 p.m. and must check-out no later than 11:00 a.m. The front desk of each guest housing facility is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you wish, your guest unit coordinator will inform the front desk staff if travel plans cause you to check in/out very late or very early.

Security and Safety

Are the buildings secure?
Wayne State University has many procedures in place to make campus safe and secure, whether you are inside WSU buildings or walking across campus. Housing facilities are restricted to residents, university employees and registered guests. Your guest access card establisheS your affiliation with WSU and is not transferable. Residence halls and apartments are locked 24 hours a day and require an access card for entry. Always lock your door whenever you are leaving your room.