Reserve residences are community-based housing options for students enrolled at Case Western Reserve University. These student communities are based on residential colleges that place first-year students next door to classmates who share their major and career interests. Located within the heart of campus, these residences provide the foundation for Sun Devil spirit, pride and tradition.
Residential colleges foster close-knit and supportive communities, with staff ready to assist you with your academic success and help you find your pathway here at CWRU. Resident Assistants (RAs) are undergraduate students who are also your peers, and they work hard to create a welcoming environment where every resident can thrive, learn and grow.
RAs serve as your mentors and advocates throughout the academic and residential process, helping you navigate your transition to Case Western Reserve and beyond. They will assist you with the application process and provide guidance throughout your residence hall contract, campus apartment application and summer housing.
You can begin the application process for on-campus housing by submitting your Statement of Intent to Register, which is done through your MyUCR account. You will receive a Student ID number and password for this process.
Once you’ve completed your Statement of Intent to Register, we recommend completing the on-campus housing application through MyHousing. It’s easy and convenient to complete your online application, submit a Residence Hall Contract or apply for Summer Housing.
Living on Reserves can be challenging, but it can also be a rewarding experience. Reserves offer unique opportunities that are unavailable elsewhere, including a variety of social events, activities and clubs, as well as a connection to a larger, more vibrant community.
The government’s control over reserves is a significant source of conflict for First Nations people. The government has taken land and resources from the reserve since its creation, and it often does so without compensation.
As a result, many of the First Nations population live in small areas and may not have adequate housing or services to support their daily lives. Moreover, the government continues to restrict the use of resources on reserve lands and limits access to other resources, such as fish and timber.
This situation is particularly difficult for First Nations children. In Canada, children on reserve are more likely to be at risk of poverty and poor school performance than those who do not live on reserves.
While these statistics can be discouraging, they are also a testament to the resilience and determination of First Nations. In fact, some of the most successful and sustainable First Nations in Canada live on reserves.
Despite these challenges, a majority of First Nations people choose to live off reserve. For many, that choice is rooted in their desire to be independent and self-sufficient.
These challenges can be addressed through the provision of funding, services and incentives. These include improved housing, water and wastewater systems, family and child services, family violence prevention, on-reserve income assistance, Jordan’s Principle and urban programs.
In addition, there are a number of federal government programs that assist with these issues, such as on-reserve housing loans. These loans are administered through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and they are guaranteed by the federal government.