Shining Rock is one of Western Carolina University's newest residence halls. The building is named after Shining Rock Mountain which is part of the Shining Rock Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in North Carolina. The mountain is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain's summit is covered with white quartz boulders that reflect the sunlight and making it easily visible for miles.
Opened: August 2022
Who Lives Here: All classifications of students - Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate.
Number of residents: 370
Number of floors: 5
Room Types: Double occupancy rooms.
Bathroom: Community style bathroom - typically 2 per floor featuring 3 enclosed toilets, 3 enclosed showers and 4 sinks; Private restroom on each floor with a shower, toilet and sink.
Gender: Single gender rooms; men and women live on the same floor.
Laundry rooms: floors 1 and 3.
Kitchens: floors 1 and 4.
Study Lounges: multiple lounges on floors 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Location on campus: Central Campus
Parking: Lot 21, .1 mile up Memorial Drive; Lot 19A, .2 miles across the street. (Provided for informational purposes only. On-campus parking requires the purchase of a permit and eligibility to park in various lots is determined by the type of permit for which a student is eligible. In addition, purchase of a permit does not guarantee parking in any particular parking spot or lot.)
Rooms in Shining Rock are traditional double occupancy rooms. There are two sets of furniture in the double room - one for each resident. All rooms have at least one window with some having more.
Approximately 11' x 17'2"
Approximately 187 square feet
Cable Television Jack (1 per room)
Ethernet Port (2 per room)
XL Loftable bed (2 per room)
XL Twin Mattress (2 per room)
Desk (2 per room)
Desk Chair (2 per room)
Wardrobe with two drawers (2 per room)
All residence halls at Western Carolina University feature the following amenities: