Living on campus is an integral part of the UHart experience. All full-time undergraduate students must live in on-campus housing and participate in a meal plan during their first two years at the University, barring exceptions listed below. Housing assignments are for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters). Living on-campus during the summer or winter does not count towards the two-year residency requirement.
Exceptions to the Residential Living Requirement are made for students who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Student has been granted commuter status (student's permanent address—as used for tax purposes—is within 60 miles of the University’s mailing address [determined by GPS] and student is living with parent(s) or guardian(s) at this address)
- Student is transferring from another college or university
- Student has a documented hardship
- Student has a documented medical need that necessitates the need to live off campus
- Student is studying abroad for the semester
- Student is married and living with spouse or has dependents
- Student is a military veteran
- Student is 23 years of age or older
- Student has received an exception from the Director of Residential Life due to extenuating circumstances
International students enrolled through the University International Pathway Program are required to live on campus. International students enrolled through other programs should work directly with their admissions representative on specific University housing options and requirements.
Apply for an exception
Please note applying for a housing exception does not guarantee your request will be approved. Housing exceptions are approved for up to one academic year and students must apply prior to their first and second years.
First-year and transfer students must request a housing exception by June 15, 2021. If admitted after June 15, 2021, requests must be made within two weeks of admission date. Returning students must request a housing exception by April 15, 2021. Any student requesting a housing exception after these dates may be subject to all fees outlined in the Housing Refund Policy. Please allow up to 7 business days for a response after submitting a completed exception form.
Students requesting a non-medical exception to the Residential Living Requirement should complete the On Campus Housing Residency Exception Form (Non-Medical).
New to UHart (incoming first-year and transfer) students requesting an exception to the Residential Living Requirement due to a documented medical need should complete the New to UHart On Campus Housing Residency Exception Form (Medical).
Returning students requesting an exception to the Residential Living Requirement due to a documented medical need should complete the Returning On Campus Housing Residency Exception Form (Medical).
Enforcement and penalties
Students who do not follow the guidelines of the Residential Living Requirement will be in violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will face sanctions as described in the Code. Students not granted an exception will receive a housing assignment, be charged standard pricing for room and board as part of our routine billing procedures and are subject to all fees outlined in the housing refund policy.