Staying at Wayne State University Towers Residential Suites

The 2017 Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference has set up a conference block with Wayne State University’s Towers Residential Suites as a more affordable option than the conference hotel.
Address: 655 W. Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202
Distance from conference site: 0.6mi or 0.96km

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Amenities and Additional Details

  • Layout: The rooms in the Towers are four-person suites, containing four private bedrooms with a twin XL bed, private bathrooms, and a shared living space.
  • Amenities: Each bedroom contains a wardrobe, a desk, and a chair. Also included is a private bathroom, air conditioning, laundry facilities, and a staffed 24-hour reception desk with card access system.
  • Suitemates: You do not have to have three suitemates in mind to reserve. Anyone can reserve an individual room on their own, and we will pair you with suitemates.
  • Suitemate Preferences: You may enter preferences for suitemates if you have them, and we will do our best to arrange that match. Please make sure you check in advance with anyone you are requesting as a suitemate and make sure EACH suitemate submits their own registration.
  • Linens: There are linens provided in the residential suites and this cost is already included in your registration cost.
  • Gender Inclusive: By default, residence hall housing will be gender inclusive. This means that unless you indicate otherwise, people will *not* be grouped by gender in the residence hall housing. However, because transgender, gender non-conforming, and disproportionately femmes and women are subject to gender-based violence, we have included questions to collect information about each person’s gender and gender preferences in the residence hall housing.

    For example, please notice that if you ask to be roomed with men, this does not mean you will necessarily exclusively be housed with cisgender men (men who were assigned male at birth). If you do not want to room with transgender or gender non-conforming people, we recommend you find other housing, such as the hotel PTO has partnered with this year. We will not ask anyone to present any ID or otherwise “prove” their gender. Please remember that every person has a single, private bedroom AND restroom, and the only shared space will be a living room.

    Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. recognizes that transgender and gender non-conforming people are especially vulnerable to violence and discrimination, and unequivocally supports transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, non-binary, and other people who are oppressed on the basis of their gender, sexuality, or the perception of their gender or sexuality. PTO supports people of all genders regardless of whether they are able to adhere or desire to adhere to social expectations of gender expression.

  • Smoke, Tobacco, and Alcohol FREE Campus: Please notice that Wayne State has adopted a smoke and tobacco free policy for campus indoor and outdoor spaces. Additionally, alcohol is now allowed in the residential suites.
  • 18+ Only: Unfortunately, we are not permitted to house individuals under 18 years of age, per PTO’s contract with the dorms. We recommend that groups including individuals under the age of 18 stay at the conference hotel (see above information) in a sharing arrangement, which actually involves a cost relatively comparable to the dorms. The primary reason we are unable to house those under the age of 18 is as follows: PTO is fiscally and logistically unable to ensure that every single adult in our entire conference dorm group would have sufficient background checks to interact with those who are legally considered minors in the US. While those background checks are not required by the other housing option (Hotel St. Regis) or for participation in the PTO conference itself, they would be required by the university if we housed minors there. We recognize that our inability to house those under 18 years of age at the dorms is not ideal, but we ultimately decided that the particular financial accessibility would be of such value to many conference attendees that we did not want to pass up this option. If you have questions about why we are unable to house those under 18 or if you are a minor traveling to the conference yourself who would like assistance with finding accommodation, please feel free to contact board member Kelly Howe at

Wayne State University’s Conduct Policies

By registering to stay in WSU’s residence hall, you are agreeing to their code of conduct as explained below. Please notice the following items can result in expulsion from Wayne State’s residence halls as per Wayne State’s policies.

  • Illegal use or possession of alcoholic beverages.
  • Use, possession, or sale of narcotics and dangerous drugs as defined by local, state, and federal law.
  • Illegal gambling or participating in illegal gambling activities in or on university property, or at a function identified with the university.
  • Possession of firearms, fireworks, or dangerous or toxic chemicals.
  • Possession of dangerous weapons, hunting arrows, or potentially injurious war souvenirs.
  • Participation in unauthorized group activities (riots and raids) or illegal entry.
  • Disorderly, vicious, or immoral conduct (indecent exposure) in or near the residence hall.
  • Possession or harboring of dogs, cats, birds, snakes, or other animals.
  • Misuse, abuse, theft, or destruction of university property.
  • Use of kitchen appliances other than the following: microwave, coffee pot, hot pot, Crock-pot slow cooker, blender, popcorn popper.
  • The use or possession of unauthorized heat producing appliances or devices (i.e., clothes dryers, sun lamps, electric blankets, electric heaters, etc.)
  • Refrigerators in excess of five cubic feet.
  • The use of the room or facilities of the building for commercial purposes or in association with commercial vendors.
  • Sales, solicitation, or advertising.
  • The installation or placement of any equipment, materials, etc. outside of the room which may be deemed unsightly, dangerous, or otherwise undesirable.
  • The repair or storage of motor vehicles in housing areas either indoors or outdoors except in designated areas.
  • The unauthorized possession, duplication, use, or sale of keys to university facilities.
  • Failure to abide by visitation policies and security requirements for visiting residence halls.
  • Unauthorized guests.
  • Behavior in the residence hall over a period of time indicating that the Client is not able to adjust to the requirements of group living.
  • Interference with fire alarm and fire protection equipment.
  • Interference with university personnel in the execution of their duties or enforcement of appropriate and applicable policies.
  • Unauthorized or illegal use of telephones (i.e. charging unauthorized calls to any university number).
  • Violation of quiet hours.
  • No possession of unmanned aerial vehicles within WSU facilities or on WSU property.
  • No charging of hover board batteries within WSU facilities.