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What is River Walk?

It’s a top-quality Cullowhee, NC apartment community designed especially with Western Carolina University students in mind. River Walk features a variety of spacious, furnished apartments plus a full set of community features such as a 24-hour fitness center, sand volleyball court, community clubhouse, business center, dog park and more.

Is River Walk part of Western Carolina University?

River Walk is a privately owned and professionally managed community. Click here for more information about the 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 River Walk 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 River Walk pays a flat rate that includes:

  • Furnishings
  • In-unit laundry
  • High-speed internet
  • Water/sewer
  • Electricity included ($25 per person, per month allowance)
  • Trash disposal
  • Community features – fitness center, business center, etc.

What size are the apartments?

The spacious accommodations at River Walk are available in 2 and 3 bedroom floorplans, with a private bedroom-bathroom suite for each resident.

Are the apartments furnished?

Yes, all apartments at River Walk have a furniture package that includes a full-size bed, desk and chair, and stackable dresser drawers in each bedroom. The living area includes a sofa, chair, coffee table and entertainment stand, as well as a dining table and barstools. To see a sample of the furniture and other finishes, please visit our model apartment.

When do the contracts start and end?

The standard term is August 16, 2022 to July 28, 2023, with payments made in 12 equal installments. Limited alternate dates are available; please inquire with our staff. Click here for a sample agreement.

Is a co-signer or financial guaranty required?

After a Housing Agreement is signed, each resident is required to secure their financial obligation in one of three ways: by providing a qualifying guarantor (often a parent); by prepaying the final two installments; or by purchasing a third-party guaranty from our partner, Leap. In limited cases, we may also waive the requirement for a financial guaranty if a resident has sufficient income of their own.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. Residents can pay online 24 hours per day, by credit card or ACH electronic checking. River Walk also offers automatic payment by either credit card or checking account — just fill out one page, one time and payments will be made automatically. Convenience fees apply for credit card and debit card payments.

Will my financial aid cover charges at River Walk?

Your living costs at River Walk 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 River Walk. Normal payment deadlines will continue to apply.

Is River Walk open to non-students?

Nearly all residents at River Walk are students at Western Carolina University. The per-person contracts are also designed with students in mind. Nonetheless, River Walk 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 residence.

What kind of safety and security are provided?

River Walk has a monitored fire-sprinkler system, along with electronic locks plus individually locking bedroom doors. community courtesy patrols are provided at select times. Management staff are also available 24×7 and can be reached by a 24-hour phone number.

What are the policies on pets, smoking and guests?

River Walk is a pet-friendly community, subject to limits on animals and breeds. The community is smoke-free in all indoor and adjacent spaces. Guests are welcome at all times, subject to the consent of roommates and security considerations. Overnight guests are welcome, with limits on the number of days and guests.

Can I park my vehicle at River Walk?

River Walk offers free parking for residents and limited parking for visitors.

What other transportation options will I have?

River Walk is conveniently located less than one mile from Western Carolina University, making it easy to walk, bike or drive to class and other activities.

Can I see a model home?

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.

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Apply now to secure your preferred placement, and we'll waive the deposit and application fee.

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New applicants only; limit one resident per bedroom. Housing Agreement must be fully signed while this limited-time promotion is in effect. The first regular rent installment and annual administrative fee are due August 1, 2022. Approved guarantor or alternate partial prepayment required. All agreements are subject to management approval under regular application policies. Special offers, including discounted rates, may not be combined.