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Conquer your first year as a Warrior! Bridge the gap between high school and college with the power of the First Year Residential Experience, a program designed for first-year success.


The First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) is an exclusive community of students, peer leaders, faculty and staff dedicated to supporting you on a greater level than what you'd experience as a commuter student. Living on campus is a strategic component for higher academic achievement, especially during your inaugural year.

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91 %

of our first-year students report that living on campus positively impacted their decision to return the following year.

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When you call campus home, you'll be steps away from classes, resources, labs and libraries. You'll live in historic Midtown Detroit, near museums, theatres, galleries and cultural attractions. In your building and campuswide, fun social events will be planned for you, and long-lasting friendships will develop as you navigate your first year alongside fellow residents.


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Activities and events in your building will engage you, inspire you and help build your social network. Plan to learn and have fun while building connections.

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Connect with other first-year students experiencing similar transitions to college life.
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Direct access to university resources right where you live.
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Special social events to help you connect with campus and build life-long friends.
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Increased peer-to-peer support through your Resident Advisors and Peer Mentors.
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Here are some of the members of your FYRE community. The program is a carefully designed and evidence-based approach to achieving campus life satisfaction and success. Live here, learn here, and make everlasting memories.


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In an effort to remove barriers for students who wish to live on campus in the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) community, the Office of Housing & Residential Life is offering a limited number of need-based scholarships. If you are a first-year student living on campus and have a confirmed room assignment in FYRE in Chatsworth Suites, you will automatically be considered for this award. Awards will be made on a rolling basis starting on June 1.

Social Events:

  • Enjoy events designed with your interests in mind
  • Meet other residents living in your community and help build your floor's culture

In-hall visits and tables from the following departments:

  • Academic Success Center
  • Learning Communities
  • Libraries
  • Peer Assisted Learning & Tutoring
  • Office of Student Financial Aid
  • Undergraduate Advising
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Wayne State Police Department
  • Warrior 360
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Campus Health Center

Specialized academic success events to kick start and sustain success as a student:

  • Activities with faculty and staff
  • On-site tutoring

"Adulting 101" learning opportunities throughout the school year to prepare you for sophomore living.

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Amenities and services

Amenities are conveniently included in the all-in-one pricing for campus housing, and you can choose what type of residential community is best for you. You're only a few steps from classes, labs and libraries. Also, you'll have more opportunities to connect with faculty, staff and peer leaders dedicated to your academic success.

Some benefits are only available as part of the 24/7 college experience. As a campus resident, you'll enjoy living in the playground that is Midtown Detroit with its many cultural attractions, museums, theaters, galleries, restaurants and retail facilities. Hop on the QLine for free and downtown Detroit is just a short distance away.

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Secure wireless internet
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24-hour staffed front desk
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ADA accommodations available
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Free Xfinity cable and streaming included
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On-site laundry facilities
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Meal plans for first-year students

When it's time to eat, enjoy your meals in our all-you-care to eat dining halls, which offer delicious vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian options daily. FYRE residents are required to have a meal plan and can choose from the three first-year student options below. Each plan has varying Warrior Dollar and OneCard amounts to provide more use and flexibility across campus. The meal plan will automatically renew for the Winter semester.

Warrior Pass 200

Unlimited Meal Swipes
+ $150 Warrior Dollars/semester
+ $50 OneCard Dollars/semester
Total $2,369

Weekly 15

15 swipes/week
+ $300 Warrior Dollars/semester
+ $100 OneCard Dollars/semester
Total $2,369

Block 175

175 swipes/semester
+ $425 Warrior Dollars/semester
+ $125 OneCard Dollars/semester
Total $2,369

Weekly 14

14 swipes/week
Total $2,000

Take the next steps

Take the next steps towards securing your ideal living space on campus.

Renew license agreement

Review the license agreement

Carefully review the housing license agreement to understand the rates, costs and your obligations.

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Sign up for housing

Complete and sign the housing license agreement in the Self-Service Portal and submit the $125 non-refundable processing fee.

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Select a room or suite

First-year students can select from Towers Residential Suites, Chatsworth Suites, and Ghafari Hall.