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Housing Requirement

Housing Requirement

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'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

Incoming first-year and transfer students will be asked for the criteria they meet for an exception to the Residential Living Requirement when depositing as a Commuter student.  Students will be contacted if they do not meet at least one of the criteria listed or if additional information is needed. Any student requesting a housing exception who does not meet at least one of the criteria listed may be subject to fees outlined in the Housing Refund Policy. 

Rising second-year students requesting an exception to the Residential Living Requirement must complete an On-Campus Housing Residency Exception Form in the StarRez Housing Portal (located in the "Forms" section) by March 1.  Any student requesting a housing exception after this date may be subject to fees outlined in the Housing Refund Policy.  Please allow up to 7 business days for a response after submitting an exception request.  


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. In addition, students not approved for an exception will be charged standard pricing for room and board as part of routine billing procedures and are subject to fees outlined in the Housing Refund Policy. 

Rising second-year students previously approved for a housing exception as part of the New Student Admission Deposit process do not need complete an On-Campus Housing Residency Exception Form if the criteria for their exception is the same as it was when they submitted their deposit.