Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Thomas Van Valey

Second Advisor

Dr. James C. Petersen

Third Advisor

Dr. Sue Crull

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationships among site design, neighboring patterns and safety perceptions of residents of living in university housing communities at Western Michigan University.

Many previous studies have examined the impact of site on neighboring patterns and safety perceptions among residents of housing communities. However, most of these studies have been conducted to communities outside of university housing complexes. This study was developed because the college environment offers a unique perspective to occupants living in university sponsored apartments. Furthermore, residents in college housing communities tend to be diverse and transient and the impact of this diversity can considerably affect the living environment (Morris et al., 1989).

Findings in the study show that although site design was not significantly related to neighboring patterns, it did have a significant impact on safety perception.