Orton Hall is age-restricted to students who are at least 19 year of age, and as a result has a quieter and more peaceful atmosphere. Privacy is provided by single rooms, with community-style bathrooms, but to connect with other students all one needs to do is keep their door open. While being more relaxed, Orton still has a fair share of residents that are engaged in the hall community. Getting involved with leadership in the building is popular among students, as is being involved on campus outside of Orton. The hall government in Orton Hall has a tradition of large-scale and exciting programming, and has consistently won awards for Community of the Year. Every floor of Orton Hall has a full kitchen, and residents aren’t required to have a RDA account. Orton is also home to the High School Equivalency program, which resides on the 2nd floor.

Key Events:
• Orton Haunted Hall program every Halloween
• Hall-wide academic programming
• Partnerships with McEachern Hall for opening and closing BBQ event

My Residence Hall
Your RA
Residential Education Director

Nhi Tran
phone 509-335-4457  Chris van Drimmelen Email Nhi 


Our Address

Hall Desk Phone #: 509-335-3306

US Postal Service Letters & Packages Address:
Student Name
Orton Hall xxx
PO Box 1700
Pullman, WA 99163

Fed-Ex, UPS, etc. address:
Student Name
1475 SE Olympia Ave xxx
Pullman WA 99163

(xxx=room number)

*Fed-Ex packages sent with "Adult Signature Required" could lead to delays due to a 21 year old signature requirement.

Walking time to the CUB: 5 minutes
Walking time to the Student Recreation Center: 15 minutes
Walking time to the Down Under Recreation Center: 6 minutes

Room Amenities
Room Layout: Single rooms
Building Features

Hall Features:
• 70” TV with stadium seating
• Fireplace
• Full kitchen on each floor
• Micro fridge in each room
• Pool table
• Table tennis
• Air hockey table
• Weight room

Hall Capacity:
• 250 students

• Coed
• Students 19 years of age or older
• Mix of under and upperclassman
• Transfer and International students

First Year Focus
Freshmen living in Orton, a coed age-restricted hall, will have option of enrolling in a one of the following First-Year Focus courses: History 105: Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] or Fine Arts 101: Introduction Art [ARTS]. These courses are shared with neighboring Olympia Hall.
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What furniture comes with the room?

All rooms have closets, twin beds, small chests of drawers, and desks. The rooms have lights over the desks and a ceiling light. Both halls have wall carpeting and remodeled rooms. The beds in both halls can be bunked.

How long are the bed frames? What is the size of the mattress?

The bed frames are 85"L by 38"W. The mattresses are 80"L by 36"W. Sheets with deep pockets are advisable.

Can I use a bed riser in my room to raise the bed off the floor to gain storage space under the bed?


Can I loft my bed in this hall?


How much space is under the bed?

Varies because the beds can be raised to different heights, but the most space you can have in the lower position is 10". The maximum space under the bed when raised is: 20".

Where are the mirrors in my room and the hall?

Each room has a full-length mirror on one closet door. In the hallways, there is a full-length mirror in between the elevators and in the north hallway.

What are the dimensions of the desks?

48" wide by 24" deep by 30" high.  The desks have a movable filing cabinet that fits under the desk and is 16" wide by 22" deep by 25" high; these desks have a sliding keyboard drawer.  

What are the dimensions of the dressers?

The dresser is 30" wide by 24" deep by 30" high including three drawers.

How many outlets are there?

Four double outlets

Can I bring my own furniture?

Fitting other furniture in the rooms is difficult, but possible. No storage exists in Orton for your furniture over the summer.

Is the room carpeted?

Yes. The rooms have wall-to-wall carpeting.

Are there shelves in the room? What are the dimensions of the shelves?

Yes. There are 4 movable bookshelves, 36" long by 12" deep.

What are the dimensions of my room?

The rooms are 10' wide by 16'8" long.

What are the dimensions of the windows?

Windows are 8' wide by 4' tall. A section 2'6" wide by 4 feet tall opens for fresh air.

Are there any rooms in this hall for people with disabilities?

Yes; several are wheelchair or hearing accessible.

What public facilities in this hall are accessible?

The hall is generally accessible via a ramp in the front entrance and via elevators.

Where are the outlets and computer hookups in the rooms?

They are halfway up the wall near the windows. Computer ports share a wall box but have separate outlets.

How are the common bathrooms arranged?

There are two bathrooms per floor separated by gender. Three stalls per bathroom.

Are there study lounges?

Each floor has a study lounge, and the Formal Lounge on the top floor has many tables for large group study sessions.

Where do residents store their bicycles?

In bike racks on the west side of the building. There are no indoor rooms for bike storage.

What amenities, such as pool tables, weight rooms, etc., does the hall have?

Orton has a pool table, a ping pong table, a weight room, a vending room with an ice machine, a lobby TV, and a big screen TV with stadium seating. A variety of games and equipment are available at the front desk for residents use.

Where can I do my laundry? How much do the washers and dryers cost?

One front-loading washer and one dryer are available on each floor and shared by all residents of that floor. Laundry costs are included in housing and dining fees.

How much common storage space does the hall have and where is it located?

Not much; there is one very small room on 12th floor available for storage.

What is the closest residential dining facility? Where will most of the people in my hall eat

Southside Café. Students in Orton are not required to have a dining account but approximately half do. A Microfridge is provided in each room in the hall and a full kitchen, with a stove, sink, and microwave is available on each floor.

What kitchen facilities are available for residents in my hall?

Every floor has its own full kitchen with oven, microwave, refrigerator, microwave and sink.  The hall has some pots and pans for use, but you will probably want to bring some of your own.

What are the dimensions of the closets?

The closet is 44.6" wide by 23" deep by 80" high. Another foot of storage space is available above the closet as well. Mirrors are attached to the closets.

Should I get renter's insurance when I live in University Housing?

Yes! While you may be covered under your parent’s homeowner’s insurance, claims against homeowner’s insurance can be expensive, especially compared to renter’s insurance. Personal property insurance is recommended by WSU. This insurance will cover your belongings if they are accidentally damaged, stolen, vandalized or suffer a loss from water, fire, smoke, etc. It’s very important to purchase coverage (starting at $65 for the year for $2,000 worth of coverage) so that in the event an emergency arises, you will have the funds to replace your items. If a loss occurs, WSU is not responsible. We strongly encourage all students to purchase this insurance as unfortunate situations can and do happen. Here are some common situations that can occur:

1. Water damage from sprinklers going off
2. Fire, smoke, explosion, windstorm
3. Theft
4. Accidental damage
5. Vandalism

To purchase this coverage, please visit www.studentinsuranceprograms.com/pp . You can also reach our broker that handles this plan (Haylor, Freyer, & Coon, Inc), at 866-535-0456 or student@haylor.com and they’d be happy to answer any questions that you have and help you enroll.

For more information about what the renter's insurance from Haylor covers, please take a look at this video.

What can I use to hang posters and pictures on the walls in this hall?  What can I not use?

Please use blue painters tape for posters, and 3M Command strips to hang pictures.  If you use 3M Command strips, please do not remove the strips; our staff will remove them over the summer if the room needs to be painted.  Please do not use double-sided mounting products, permanent mounting products, blue mounting putty, tacks or push pins, masking tape, or duct tape.  Orton has several walls with wall carpeting; please use tacks and pins on these walls, never use 3M Command strips.

Can I bring my own microwave?

No, because we provide a Microfridge in each room, and the dimensions are 45” tall, a little over 18” wide, and not quite 20” deep.

Bed Lofting and Bunking Instructions
Move In Information

General Move-In Information

Official WSU move-in begins on Wednesday, August 16. While residence hall contracts begin on Saturday, August 12, WSU highly encourages students to arrive for move-in on August 16 to begin their successful college experience with Week Of Welcome events beginning that night. 

This year, the WSU community and departments across campus collaborate to develop to best possible options to facilitate the thousands of students and cars that arrive on move-in day. Your arrival time, the hall you’re moving into, and the particular day you arrive, all play a factor in your experience. Those moving in will need to sign up and indicate their planned arrival time. Please complete the form located at https://movein.wsu.edu/signup 

Please plan to come with patience and know that there will probably be some wait times to get into your unloading zone. Hundreds of volunteers, Housing & Residence Life staff, and Parking & Transportation Services staff want your move-in to be smooth and low stress. They are easily identifiable and happy to help. Please keep in mind that pets are not allowed in the residence halls when moving in.

You can find more information about move-in at https://movein.wsu.edu/  Information will also be shared and live tweeted on move-in day, please follow us @reslifewsu and use #WSUWOW

Specific Instructions for Orton Hall

Drive to your assigned hall and look for the parking staff and temporary parking signage directing you to an active unloading zone.

Enter Orton through the main entrance, proceed through the blue doors to your left which takes you to the front desk and check in with your Cougar Card/photo ID. Sign up for a cart if you need one or look for move-in volunteers. If it is after desk hours, call the Resident Advisor on duty.

As parking is at a premium, once your car is unloaded, it must be relocated to a parking lot. Parking staff will be on site to assist you with directions on best parking lot options.

Extra recycling containers are brought in specifically for move-in. Please pay attention to where you are disposing of garbage versus recycling.

For hanging items on your walls in Orton Hall please use blue painters tape for posters, and 3M Command strips to hang pictures. If you use 3M Command strips, please do not remove the strips; our staff will remove them over the summer if the room needs to be painted. Do not use double-sided mounting products, permanent mounting products, blue mounting putty, tacks or push pins, masking tape, or duct tape. Orton has several walls with wall carpeting; please use tacks and pins on these walls, never use 3M Command strips.

Words of Wisdom from past students and parents

Rooms are smaller than you think. Spend some time looking at the photos and room dimensions and be realistic with what will fit. 

Review what you can’t bring – the list is specific for each hall.