Unofficial Orientation 2023: WesLingo

This is part of our 2023 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

This post is a repost of a repost of an updated repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a post for anyone who’s worried about sounding like a totally unassimilated dweeb walking around campus – which is inevitable, but this post is tradition by now. So prefrosh, listen up. Conformity is key. (Which is probably the last thing you’d expect to hear at Wes.)

You’re about to be introduced to the most crucial part of the Wesleyan experience: WesLingo.

At this point, you’ve probably spent your summer knowing the names of buildings as they are on the campus map (which is conveniently linked here for those of you who are procrastinating even that. And let’s be honest, if you are reading this, chances are that you’re procrastinating choosing your classes, or at the very least, doing your common reading) Let me just tell you now: almost all of them have earned some nickname or other over the course of Wesleyan’s long lifetime. We’re here to help you relearn their de facto names, so you aren’t marching around looking like the uninformed frosh that you are. Once again though, it’s inevitable; even if you’re “on your phone” we know you are looking at the school map as you head towards one direction and do a completely noticeable 180 degree turn towards your building of choice. Pro tip: If you procrastinate learning the building definitions until ten minutes before your first class, a list of building names and their acronyms can be found here. Alternatively, just ask another student. We don’t bite, I promise (at least not too hard)

Campus Geography

Fountain + Pine + Warren

THIS is where all (most) of the parties are. Also seniors live here.

Washington St.

Just called Wash. There are some program houses located on Wash, such as Film House, Art House, Music House, Farm House, and Lotus House. It’s also where you’ll find our Chipotle, a Starbucks, Price Chopper for when you run out of points (also it’s open 24 hours!), and Five Guys, amongst other useful stores.

High St

aka College Row (also frat row!) (lol)


Seniors live here as well, but these are considered quiet streets.

Church St + Cross St.

Church runs all the way from Main St up through campus, and it’s where Exley and Olin are located. It turns into Cross St. after Exley.

Vine St.

Runs behind Foss and intersects with cross, if you’re bringing a car, this is where the Vine st. lot is.

Residential Life

(or as we like to call it, Reslife)

Get ready to learn about your home/chamber of secrets/netflix cave for the next year.



It’s just plain ol’ Clark. This all-freshman dorm is right next to Olin. It has air conditioning, which people are jealous of for about three weeks on either end of the school year. They’ve got an elevator which is good for move ins-and-outs, if you care (and let’s be honest, most of us do when attempting to carry a fridge down four flights of stairs at the end of the year).  Also, two years ago the TV was stolen from the lounge in the basement, but they replaced it, so it’s a pretty sweet space for in-dorm movie night. Enjoy Clark, because this is the only year you can ever choose to. It might even be the highlight of your freshmen year.


Bennet (Bennet Hall).

This freshman housing is one of the closest dorms to the gym (for all you student athletes looking to get a workout before your 8:50am). Most proud frosh have nicknamed it ‘Hotel Bennet’. Upperclassmen who are set in their ways might tell you it’s called Fauver because it recently got renamed and they enjoy reliving Fauver’s glory days. Bennet used to be called Freshman Fauver because there is also Senior Fauver (the Fauver Apartments) right next door. Also air-conditioned. This dorm holds the unofficial award for “Dorm Most Likely to be Toured by Pre-Frosh of 2022” (and every other year, because let’s be honest, it’s just really pretty and the only inhabitable space during the summer months) and “Dorm Most Likely To Be Visited By Harrison Ford”.


WestCo (West College, Foss Hill Dorms 1-4).

According to A-Batte in the original WesLingo guide, “WestCo is a very special place for very special people.” As someone who never lived in WestCo, I can’t really speak about what goes on here, but I do know a lot goes on here. WestCo residents refer to their general living location by saying “Up”/”Down” (in reference to upstairs or downstairs) followed by a number (in reference to one of the four buildings). WestCo also holds student concerts and parties in the basement space called the WestCo Cafe. You can find semi-naked people playing music and/or flaunting their fancy balconies at almost any hour on almost any day. Freshmen and sophomores live here. Some dorm options are split doubles which are the ‘best of both worlds’ in housing options. Hailed as an ‘alternative’ living community, you’ll likely smell erm,’incense’, and hear a freshman guy on his third, shaky guitar rendition of ‘Wonderwall’. (WestCo is technically a program house).


Writer’s Block.

This is a community based living option for (you guessed it) writers. Writer’s block house mostly freshmen and some sophomores. Almost always smells like fried chicken or brunch, thanks to Swings which is housed on the first floor. A mini-lounge for all three floors is also part of the deal. You don’t get an elevator, so if you are moving into the second or third floors… I hope your stair-climbing skills are impeccable. Failing that, you’ll have rock solid quads by the end of the year, and a fondness for alliteration. (Writer’s Block technically a program house).


The Butts (Butterfields).

The three Butterfield Residence Halls enclose a very special grassy knoll affectionately called The Butthole. Concerts and events are occasionally held in this space, but usually on warm sunny days you’re likely to find students hanging out there – sipping kombucha, riding their razor scooter, or, very rarely, doing their readings. The weird windy hallways are rumored to have been designed to “prevent rioting.” Apparently, these buildings were designed by an architect who built jails – so if you feel trapped, it’s because you’re meant to. If you live here and your friends don’t, they’ll always be complaining about how far away you live. The Butts are a good 10 minute walk from wherever your friends live, but that’s okay because at least you have Summies (Summerfields). They also have copenhagens (copes), which are mini sections of the hallways that groups of six sophomores can apply to live in. The Butts were designed to mimic Yale’s residential colleges at a time when Wesleyan was even more overtly sad about not being an Ivy League. Freshmen and sophomores live here. Most of the people that you’ll find in the Butts live in either Butts A or Butts C. It’s rumored that Butts B is either empty, or that it’s used as Wesleyan’s squirrel breeding facility. Also, as Butt’s B is located in between Butts A and Butts C, it is sometimes referred to as the Butt Crack. Just kidding. But am I?

Edit from zoomy: Despite the fact that the Butts is rather apocalyptic and something is always going down (ie. great Butts flood and evacuation of 2021 Freshman Orientation, great Butts flood of 2023 second sem move in day, miscellaneous mini fires all the time(??)) it is one of the best places to live over sheer bonding over living in the Butts. The community is fun and it has all it’s little perks — and due to recent construction literally barring you off from the rest of the WesWorld you will feel like a little bacteria floating in your own mini Butts petri dish. Okay this is not selling it well but point being I went from Bennet to Butts and actually enjoyed both equally so that says a lot – don’t be sad if you get placed in Butts.

200 Church.

What used to be a frat house is now freshmen housing, specifically under the theme of social justice. It’s not one of the religious houses on campus. Fun movie nights are hosted here, as well as group and community events. 2016 saw the introduction of an awesome slam poetry culture. Church proudly boasts its diversity and inclusion (unlike most of Wes can). It also has a pool table, so that’s pretty sweet. All in all, it’s a really cool living space with awesome people. (200 Church is technically a program house).


The Nics (The Nicolsons, Foss Hill Dorms 5-7).

The Nics are a lovely little place where sophomores and freshmen live together in peaceful harmony. I like to think of The Nics as a fairly underrated dorm. Nothing ever happens in The Nics, in a good way (I think?). Just like WestCo, The Nics also has split doubles, and balconies (but people tend to be less obnoxious about their balcony having in the Nics). The Nics Lounge is often used by comedy groups, music groups, and other miscellaneous student groups to host events and meetings. Pro tip: The lounge makes for an effective study space, and also a great place to hold class meetings, provided that at least one of you lives in the Nics, or has a Nics ‘contact’. The lounge was completely updated for the fall of 2018, so now it’s a Saucy New Lounge™. The Nics are relatively central, but the walk up Foss never failed to make me wheeze and pant.


Hewitt (Foss Hill Dorms 8-10) a.k.a. “The Witt”

The Hewitt dorms house sophomores and bitter juniors. Personally, I believe that their best quality is their proximity to Usdan, or how short of a distance one must walk in the rain/arctic vortex New England winter in order to reach food. Trust me, when you’re wading through three feet of ice cold slush or slipping on the thin layer of ice on Foss, you’ll wish that you lived in Hewitt (all the more reason to hibernate with your Hewitt friends during the winter months).


Junior Village (Hi Rise and Lo Rise).

These prison-looking structures house the lucky juniors that didn’t get screwed by GRS (General Room Selection, aka The Devil). It seems as though there is a perpetual 21st birthday party going on as the hundreds of juniors who live there celebrate their entry into legality, and therefore, debauchery. The sounds of screaming children echo through the grounds of Junior Village in the more temperate months, as the Traverse Square homes are directly adjacent to the A and E blocks of Lo Rise. So you can expect to hear raucous laughter well into dawn and then nice and early on a Sunday morning from both groups of culprits.


Senior Village (Woodframes on Lawn, Home, Brainerd, Pine, Fountain, Vine, Cross, Warren).

Wood frames are ‘The Holy Grail of Housing’. Groups of 2-6 seniors live in the red-doored woodframe houses that line the streets of Senior Village. For everything you need to know, please refer to this timeless work of art. The houses have been praised for their individuality, and offer a chance to live somewhat independently. You are frosh, yet you will already begin planning your group for Senior year to live in a woodframe. (And then second semester comes and you re-plan your group, and then sophmore year comes and you re-re-plan your group…)


Senior Fauver (Fauver Apartments).

For many seniors, Woodframe dreams are crushed by the cruel fist of GRS, and for some lucky juniors, Fauver dreams are fulfilled by the blessings of GRS. Senior Fauver boasts air conditioning, a bike room, and in-house laundry facilities, making it a pretty sweet deal, all things considered. They get to live in groups of five and don’t have to do house maintenance during the winter, and they have a pretty good location on campus – a five minute walk from the gym, a three minute stroll to Exley (mostly just for Pi) and a two minute jog to Neon for all those deli sandwich cravings you might have at 2PM on a Sunday. They also have a volleyball court!


Program Houses & Greek Houses.

Program houses are basically the drugstore versions of Woodframe houses for Sophomores and Juniors.


Lotus House (previously known as Middle House).

Middle House, on Washington St (Wash) across from Indian Hill Cemetery. It used to be Buddhist House but changed its name three years ago to Middle House, but it’s now called Lotus House. Located on Wash, a.k.a. a terrifying prospect for all those who do not live on it, due to its lack of proximity to campus. Lotus House is one of Wesleyan’s hidden gems, with a beautiful garden, library and peaceful atmosphere.


RuHo (Russian House).

Russian House, right across Swings, guarantees a hearty breakfast pail on weekends without much wait. The house aims to foster a community brought together by Russian language, and culture.


WoCoHo (Woman of Color House)

Woman of Color House, on Pine Street, next to where the seniors do their laundry. It’s a great house with some spacious rooms and a great back porch + proximity to fountain! The name is pretty self-explanatory.


Triple A/AAA (Asian/Asian American House).

Asian American House is back deep on High Street (107 High St), past Out House. The program house serves as a space for Asian and Asian American students to build community and host events.


Movement House & Eclectic (200 High Street)


This building, when under Eclectic’s name or when called Music House, has always been a microcosm that hosts concerts, dance shows, and other events almost every weekend. It switched ownership from Eclectic to Music House in 2016, and then Music House to Movement House in 2017, and now has become Eclectic AND Movement House. MoHo is located on High Street next to Public Safety. It’s the big house with columns and people carrying heavy dance/music related equipment, you can’t miss it.


International House. 

Located at 151 Church St., International House welcomes students from all backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities. You don’t need to be an international student to live there, but you do need to be interested in widening your horizons and investing yourself in learning about other cultures and communities.


Alpha Delt (The Alpha Delta Phi House)

Alpha Delta Phi House is where S&C is located, across from Eclectic on the corner of Church and High. Alpha Delt has a great basement known as the ‘Grotto’, where parties and events are frequently hosted (my personal favorite, featuring neon paints and strange lights, was the blacklight consent party).


Deek (DKE)

The (empty) Delta Kappa Epsilon house is on High Street across from Wyllys. As of right now, DKE is suspended as a student organization for the next two years. But they’ve been tied up in the courts with Wesleyan for years now, so who knows how that will develop.

Edit: they are back but unofficially…. the majority of campus is not a fan of this development


Psi U (Psi Upsilon)

The Psi Upsilon house on High Street next to Judd. Again, wait for the Greek Life post.


Mystical 7

A secret society. It resides in the fancy shmancy new building located at the corner of Lawn and Pine. No one knows what’s going on there, but we do know that the Douglas Cannon was witnessed at the building’s opening.


Skull and Serpent

Another secret society, they sometimes do funny pranks or release random shit about lemonade stands and things. The house is located on Wyllys across from Roth’s house. Enter at your own risk.




In reference to the number of people who are in a room: 1-2-3. You might be in a Double-turned-Triple this year – so expect to be real tight-knit with your roomies. On the plus side, you have two built in buddies, or alternatively, twice as much sexiling. You might also be in a Triple turned Double this year – so expect to host a lot of pre-games.


These are fairly rare, and even when people do have them people don’t call them this, so please don’t call them this. A room that’s supposed to be a double where one of the people moved out. A single that’s supposed to be a double. The holy grail of rooms for wholesome fun, and dancing around in your underwear. You can even join the two twin XL to make a DIY Queen bed!

Two Room double

Two connected “singles” that share one exit. Get there first, so that you can claim the inner room with some privacy, and extra storage space. Alternatively, balcony access on the outer room is pretty great too. I personally picked the outer room bc I didn’t wanna have to walk through someone else’s shit every time I came home or left. As a deep sleeper, this worked out pretty well for me. Some have also made the outer room a one room double and made the inner room a living room of sorts. If that’s what you’re interested in, do your thang.



The Science building. Exley is the home of the Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Computer Science departments. Round high tables, leather sofas, and multiple outlets to charge your dying laptops make it a prime spot to (pretend to) study. Most kids in Exley can be found with laptops covered in stickers of obscure puns and pop culture references and marbled steel water bottles, complaining about Orgo or Multi. Exley is also where Pi is located, and is open 24 hours, so it can provide a nice warm reprieve if you’re ever walking across campus in the middle of the night.


Sci-Li (Science Library).

A study space that houses science-related books, squishy chairs, and students who will not glare at you for talking in the library. People here are usually procrastinating, either through the mini-est golf course you’ve ever seen, or laying in the nap-pod tucked into the corner. The second floor is a bit more typical library-ish. Whispers recommended, the louder the better. Scili is the designated group study or group gossip area on campus.



A study space that houses The Stacks (of bookshelves with books), hundreds of Thesis Carrels for seniors working themselves to death, and students who will absolutely judge you for talking, or coughing too hard, or dropping heavy things in the library, or checking social media real quick for just, like, five (thirty) minutes. You will not be judged, but will be looked at strangely if you work on the floor. Unless it’s finals because then every seat is taken anyway. Ask an upperclassman about the Incident on Floor 2A, for shits and giggles. Pro tip: Get to know the library by falling asleep and getting locked in after 2AM. Also a great way to make friends with Psafe.


PAC: Pronounced ‘Pack’ (Public Affairs Center).

The government, economics, and sociology (among other) departments are housed here, but the numerous classrooms host seminars and lectures from many different departments. Evening guest lecturers often speak in the basement rooms of PAC. You may think the elevator is creaky and haunted, but it’s all good, that’s the charm of PAC. The building is also connected to the basement of the library, so you can go print something and come back to turn it in without bracing the outside world. Also a handy way to never leave the library in the dead of winter. Plans of renovating PAC were made earlier in the 2019 school year, but I don’t think it ever happened. Hopefully, you’ll get to experience the changes by the time your senior year comes around. 2021 Update: Wesleyan finally broke ground on demolishing PAC earlier this year, so you won’t be having any classes there this semester. Or very possibly any of your semesters in all your four years. Wesleyan likes to take its time with construction. (2022 Update: this construction is scheduled to be completed in 2024 which means it probably will be completed in 2026.)


The Fishbowl.

Do you want to be the kid studying in plain sight on a Saturday morning at 2am? Well, I have some good news for you, you can be. You can also awkwardly make eye contact with the person you kissed at MoHo last weekend, or the person you matched with on tinder, but never messaged, through the huge glass windows and doors. Now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your studying pleasure, The Fishbowl is sandwiched between SciLi and Exley. It’s almost always silent in here. It’s like Exley’s very own version of Olin. Also, it was recently refurnished with nicer chairs and encouragingly collaborative large tables. Be wary, if you cough, you will be stared at.


Boger Hall.

This building is ‘affectionately’ nicknamed Booger Hall. Sometimes, it’s also called Bougie Hall (how apt), Bo-zhay Hall, or if you’ve been around long enough, 41 Wyllys. Some rich dude in pharmaceuticals donated enough money that we needed a building named after him or something. One side of the building is all windows so it’s perfect for waving from outside to your friends while they are in class.



Home of the psychology department. Not sure what else goes on in here. There are rats??? But not in a bad way, like in a science lab way.



Albritton calls itself the “hub of civic engagement” on campus. You’ll probably have a class or two in here during your time at wes, since there are quite a few classrooms. Espwesso is on the basement level of Albritton, and the Albritton Cafe, where you’ll find some of the best views of Middletown, is on the top floor. Albritton is also where the Quantitative Analysis Center (call it the QAC) is located.


Shanklin and Hall Atwater

Both are attached to Exley. You’ll probably have some classes here if you’re stem, and this is also where all the laboratories are located.


Downey House

This is where the English Department and Classics are located. It has quite a storied history. At one point, it used to be a bar!



The building next to Usdan. Beckham, on the second floor, is where concerts and other events are held (2022 update: Beckham is mostly used for COVID testing now). There are also a couple dance studios in the basement.

College Row, North and South Colleges

As they are.


Now you’re ready to enjoy some of the finest memes Wesleyan has to offer!

Memes courtesy of various valuable contributors on Soggy We$ Memes




COL — College of Letters

CSS — College of Social Studies

CEAS — College of East Asian Studies

CFILM — College of Film and the Moving Image (we just call it film though. No need to be that fancy)

CIS — College of Integrative Sciences

COE — College of the Environment

These are the various “College” majors. CSS and COL have both been around for 50 years and are interdisciplinary majors that you apply for at the end of your frosh year. CEAS, CFILM, COE and CIS were created in the last few years as additional interdisciplinary majors that bring together faculty and resources from several academic centers and departments.



Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


AfAm/AfAm Studies.

African American Studies



Science in Society Program — an interdisciplinary major that “examines the sciences, medicine and technology as integral to society and culture”.



Dining Options


Usdan — the Student Center. tbh this should be much higher on the list but whatevs.

(You probably won’t be able to pronounce it in your first try). Has been called Yooz, Oozdan, the ‘dan, Yoozy, Lil uzie, Lil Yoozy, Oosdon, U.S.S. Dan, Oozing that Dan, etc. The buffet is upstairs, where the jocks sit to the right and the hipsters sit to the left, or call them the loud side and quiet side, respectively (they renamed it East and West Wing but no one bothered to learn which is which so loud side and quiet side it is)(BEAT THE STEREOTYPE both sides are loud ok. this isn’t fucking high school musical). Loud side usually has an interesting (!!) mix of songs playing in the back, accompanied by the booming voices of student athletes. A small café downstairs offers snacks, to-go options, and coffee/tea/other drinks. Tables and couches in lower Usdan are perfect meeting places or study spots, if you don’t mind the noise. Charging stations can be found both upstairs or downstairs. Sneak something a little stronger into your plastic dinner cup and voila, you have the “Boozdan” tradition. Meals or points accepted. You can also find Daniel Family Commons (for fancier dinner events or free lunch with your professor) on the third floor. Note to freshmen — grab a couple students and invite professors to the DFC for lunch! You may be inviting them, but you’ll get a free lunch out of it, and it’s a great way to get to know the human beings teaching you! Don’t be scared! There are also some music practice rooms in the basement. The basement is also where the package center is!


Summies (Summerfields).

Located in the Butts connected to Butt C, Summies offers relatively edible food that is made-to-order. For Butts’ inhabitants, trust me, Summies will be your savior when you don’t want to trek through the Arctic that is Wesleyan’s campus during the winter months. The menu isn’t very extensive, but includes different salads, burgers, chicken concoctions, tacos and burritos, and more. You can text in your order and get it to go if you are in a time crunch. Their daily specials, the highlight of summies, lasted one year. #BringBackDailySpecials2K18. Most importantly you can swipe an extra banana for tomorrow’s breakfast or sneak out a cup of black coffee for your study session in Exley. Meals or points accepted. Summies is good at the first bite and greasy around the fifth, and then it just vacillates wildly. Person(s) behind the cash register are really nice – so say thank you sincerely and they will probably remember your fave order. Pro tip: If you’re a vegetarian, you can get two or three meat free sides for the price of a full meal.


Swings (WesWings).

Around the back of The Building formerly Known as 156 High (Writer’s Block) you will find the shining beacon that is Tupperware filled with cookie dough. WesWings is another made-to-order restaurant on campus whose menu boasts a lot of fried things, but also deli sandwiches, a killer list of daily specials, and individual desserts for purchase. Killer weekend brunch for your hangovers. Points only. Follow them on Twitter and Snapchat because they are fun(nier than us). Be wary of the breakfast pail, AKA the easiest way to blow all your points before the end of the semester.  For freshman with only 250 points on their plan, Swings is more of a special treat type of dining option until you’re a big boy upperclassman with racks and racks of points.


Red & Black (Red & Black Cafe).

Housed in Broad Street & home of the best turkey paninos ever. They also have daily special smoothie bowls! Red & Black also exhibits an adorably questionable taste in music. Points only.


S&C (Star & Crescent Eating Club).

Alpha Delta Phi is the majestic brick palace with white trim right next to 200 Church, and it houses Wesleyan’s most delicious but most bougie dining facility. They aren’t open every day, but catch them when you can because it’s totally worth it. The S&C menu is posted weekly on Wesleying, and every dish will literally bathe your tongue in fairy dust. First 3 freshmen in line when doors open get a free meal. Free meal – don’t waste this opportunity. Points only. If you’re interested, you can sign up for a meal plan where you dedicate a heap of points to S&C for the semester and can reserve meals each day in advance, but that’s more feasible if you’re a soph or above just based on the pricing. (2022 update: nobody knows what the deal is if S&C is coming back, so stay tuned for updates on that).


Pi (Pi Cafe).

Just “Pi.” Meet for coffee, grab breakfast in the morning, do some work between classes. Honestly, the copious amounts of caffeine, stress of midterms or finals’ season, and a variety of bagels make Pi what it is. It’s a social atmosphere with a menu full of coffee and tea specials, with pastries in a big glass case and to-go items in a lil refrigerator thing. Located in Exley across from the Fishbowl. Points only. Home to the beloved ‘Chaider’, a heavenly concoction of chai and cider. Also try the ice chai charger. Try all their specials before the end of your freshman year! If you’re a big coffee person, or like to snack while you study, be careful. Pi is an incredible points black hole.


WesShop, Wesshop, Weshop? (WesSsshop).

Here you will find one of almost everything for sale. And this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill supermarket… kale, kombucha, quinoa, grass-fed-vegetarian-organic-tofu-burgers, a wall of candy, olive oil, mixers (also called “soft drinks”), microwaveable dinners/lunches/breakfasts and whatever else caters to your Liberal Arts Diet. Open late for library snacks on weekdays, inconveniently closed when you need them most on weekend evenings/nights but still our beloved WesShop<3. Points only, unless you speak to the manager who might let you use cash.



Trucks/Non-Wes/Drunk Eating Options


Grilled Cheese/Whey (Whey Station).

All hail. Parked on William St from 11pm-3am from Wednesday-Saturday, the Whey Station is an artisan grilled cheese food truck that turns into a feeding ground for hungry, drunk, or ‘excited’ Wes kids. And sober Wes kids. And basically anyone who knows what true happiness is. Real money only. Their grilled cheese sandwiches sometimes come with mac&cheese, extra cheese, and love.


The Falafel Truck/Falafel (Mamoun’s).

Usually referred to simply as “Falafel,” this food truck sits on the corner of Pine and Cross on weekend nights catering to the debauched humanity of Senior Village until 3am. Sometimes they come out every day during a finals week (you’ll see a long and hungry queue snaking out from Scili). When it’s 3AM on a Tuesday night and you just submitted a 20pg essay (due two days ago), Falafel tastes like success, a hug and a job well done.


Neon (Neon Deli).

On the corner of Cross and Vine, the Neon Deli is an institution. Any sandwich you want, they can make. Along with paninis and other melts, breakfast orders, and cold deli salads. Snacks and coffee and ice cream and rolls of toilet paper, if you’re ever in a pinch. Real money only.



Not really a drunk eating option so much as a late night place. Wesleyan’s student-run coffee shop. Usually open as soon as the daytime coffee places (Pi, Usdan) close. Housed in Albritton, Espwesso always smells like strong black coffee, plays a beautiful collection of music, and feels like a warm hug. Don’t forget about Espwesso Pweview Night!!


Main/Main Street/Middletown.

Where people go when they actually leave Wesleyan’s campus. Boasts restaurants with a surprising range of different cuisines to try and Metro (RIP Rite Aid, gone but never forgotten). Also is home to a variety of community organizations, such as the Buttonwood, which hosts a variety of local musicians and comedians.



Could be referring to either booze or the movies. They’re in the same plaza. A combination of the two will usually happen at some point during your first semester.



Miscellaneous Must-Knows



You can’t miss it! Foss is the center of the Wesleyan universe from August-September and April-May. On late-summer and spring afternoons you will see hundreds of students laying on blankets, listening to music, and throwing frisbees on Foss Hill. First snow is also super fun for sledding and stuff. Look out for the occasional group of excited streakers, especially when orientation is winding down and the upperclassmen have arrived on campus. On the auspicious day of 20th April, to be blunt, you can see a thick cloud of smoke cover the beloved hill as more students than you can imagine even went to Wesleyan lay on the grass.

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The Ride.

Campus shuttles that can be hailed occasionally useful if you happen to look desperately cold, yet sober near a posted Ride sign as they drive around campus OR requested by phone every day from 7pm-3am.


The MAT (Middletown Area Transit).

The bus service for Middletown. You can take the bus from two terminals in town, and can connect to the bus services for neighboring towns. One of the cheaper (albeit, slightly longer) transportation options if you do not have access to a car, or possess a driver’s license/Zipcard.



Online platform where professors can post class readings, start discussion topics, and post quiz/test scores, among other things. Also useful for stalking people in your classes!


Vines on Church. (As of 2017, Vines on Church no longer exists)

This is sometimes a good place to eat food and get drunk. It boasts a loyal clientele of juniors, seniors and others for Wednesday’s bar night. Get the weekend started nice and early. Last Spring, it tried a rebrand as a jazz club under new ownership. This rebrand came startlingly close to the La La Land’s undeserved Oscar hype.


RJ Julia

This is where people go to buy their textbooks and excited frosh purchase Wes paraphrenelia. Pro tip: Wait to buy your textbooks until after the first week of classes, or just check out Amazon. Not all textbooks are vital, and you can often find much cheaper alternatives through WesAdmits. The bookstore opened last year, and there was significant controversy about its hiring practices. They host events, have weed books and little useless, yet cute trinkets on their front counter and are located at 413 Main Street (right by the Dunkin’ on the corner of Wash and Main).


Broad Street (WESU 88.1 FM Radio/Argus HQ/ Red & Black)

Prior to moving to Main St, the bookstore shared a space with the Radio, Red & Black and the Argus. The Argus, Radio and Red & Black have no plans to leave the Broad Street space.


Senior Week.

After spring finals, before commencement. Much debauchery will ensue. MUCH DEBAUCHERY.



Reunion & Commencement, occurs during Senior Week, is a good opportunity to work and see Wesleyan in a different environment.


Resource Center.

The Resource Center opened last year. This is where shit gets done. Working towards a more inclusive, sensitive and engaged community. Several fun events, ranging from clothing swaps to open-mic nights, take place here. A meditation room, multiple conference rooms, and a kitchen with endless supplies of coffee and tea make it a prime spot to hangout and study in after your classes. Drop by! Come say hi to Demetrius!


Indian Hill.

The main gate is on the corner of Vine and Wash, but the cemetery stretches out over many acres towards Cross St. Kids go here to hang out, picnic, watch sunsets, do creepy cemetery shit, and more.Pro-tip: the best way to get to know the campus is to take midnight graveyard walks and meet new people, do so during frosh week.



Millers’ State Pond is several miles off-campus and is the unofficial Wes watering hole. It’s beautiful and serene and a perfect get-away to hang out with friends when you want to escape the Wes bubble for a little bit or just swim and chill (watch out for snakes, the slithery boys can creep up on you).



Also several miles off-campus but closer than Miller’s Pond, Wadsworth State Park has a great waterfall with a shallow area that you can wade into when it’s warm, and fall into it when it’s freezing. The rest of the park has a few mild but scenic hiking trails.



Humans of Wesleyan



Doesn’t know what “prefrosh” means until they aren’t one anymore.



Freshmen or first years. Can sometimes be found wandering around lost on campus (or reading this post). They’ll stop upperclassmen for directions or be furiously concentrating on a screenshot of the campus map.



Resident Advisor or House Manager (which is the RA equivalent of Program Houses). Don’t let them see you sneak in *ahem* certain substances *ahem*.

Meme courtesy of Soggy We$ Memes



Also known as Public Safety. Mostly nice, but will wreck your party if they think it’s too crunk to be legal. They’ll typically begin to shut down parties at around 2AM. You’ll see a parade of about three patrol cars driving around Fountain Avenue on a Saturday night. They’ll also give you rides if you break your leg (first hand experience)


Fire Safety.

Not to be confused with P-Safe. Comes by to check your room once per semester, usually just after you’ve gotten out of the shower and half of your closet is on the floor. Hide your paraphernalia from them.



The WesWings guy. A Class of 1989 Wes alum, so probably the inspiration for TSwift’s album.


Pasta Tom.

Arguably one of the most important people on Wesleyan campus and the subject of many yikyaks from last year. Are you really a student here if you haven’t gotten yelled at for taking too long to order your pasta? Known for his signature line: “Go ahead.”

Edit: Pasta Tom works at WesShop now and is just Tom!!! But he is the sweetest man alive and being one of his favorites that he says hi to is one of the highest honors at Wes.


The Usdan Napkin guy. He also mixes the nightly playlists on loud side.


Or Michael Roth. Or MRoth. Not THE_REAL_MROTH. Full-time university president, part-time victim of amateur Photoshop images, and the inspiration for the best Wesleyan RedBubble sticker ever created.

For more Roth memes (we know you want some more), click here



Fat, adorable and sometimes ruthless in their pursuit of food. They are fed by students and professors year round, and as a result, have lost any fear of humans. Guard your lunch if eating in their presence. They can smell your grilled cheese, and they will steal it.


Getting Crunk, Man

it’s the moto. Live it, learn it, become it.


In Conclusion:

Don’t worry, you’ll catch on. In a few short weeks you’ll know where things are and what these words really mean. You’ll be taking the Ride to junior village and getting Whey like a pro, heading to Millers’ in your roommate’s car with six people you don’t know, and Boozdaning on Thursday like it ain’t no thang. And if you can’t, for the life of you, figure out what the lingo is for something, just add the prefix Wes- to whatever you say. If nothing else, maybe you can make new lingo for us at Wesleying to document next year. Or, alternatively, indulge your penchant for Photoshop.


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