As a residential campus, committed to the education of the whole person, the residential experience is considered an integral part of a student's education. Research over the past 50 years shows that students who belong to a campus residential community have a more productive and more satisfying college experience than those who live off campus. Students who live on-campus are more likely to:
Students are required to live on campus and purchase the Meal Plan 4 if they fall into any of the following categories:
If students fall into any of the above categories (as of the first day of class for the academic year), they are required to live on campus for the full academic year. If student status (class year, age etc.) changes during the academic year, they will not be released from this housing requirement until the following academic year. The summer quarter is not included in the residential requirement.
Returning students applying for an exemption to the residential requirement are required to submit a request by May 1st. New students are required to submit a request by August 1st. For more details see Cancellation Fees and Timeline.
By signing the Student Housing Agreement, students will be subject to financial penalties for failing to honor the commitment for the entire academic year. While an exemption from the On-Campus Residency Requirement may be awarded in a given case, a student may still be subject to financial penalties under the Student Housing Agreement “Room Rates for Academic Year” clause for up to the full remaining rates due.
The Student Housing Agreement is a binding, legal document. Therefore, we will not approve mid-year move-outs after the move-in date without a financial penalty for cancellation.
Exemptions to the residential requirement are limited to the following categories:
Students applying to live with family must submit the following documents (by May 1st for returning students, or August 1st for new students):
In order to be approved for release from the residential requirement, the student must complete a Housing Release Request (available online through the myHousing Portal) and submit any additional required documents. Fulfilling the requirements for exemption will not constitute an automatic release from the residency requirement. Failure to obtain an approved exemption from Housing and Residence Life will result in the posting of the quarter housing charges to the student’s SU account.
Any student who falls within the residential requirement and fails to sign up for housing, or be approved for an exemption by May 1st (returning students) or August 1st (new students), will automatically be assigned a room and meal plan.
Any student found to be providing false information on the Housing Policy Exemption Request Form or during a personal interview will be subject to University disciplinary action and will be responsible for University housing and meal plan charges.