On-campus living requirement
If you graduated from high school within two calendar years of when you will be starting on the Columbus campus, you are required to live in the residence halls. You'll need to contact the Student Life Housing and Residence Education office to request a housing contract (email@example.com). You can also log in to the Housing Portal to view your options.
Exemption from the regulation
Requests for exemption from the Housing Regulation must be submitted in the Housing Portal provided by University Housing and may be approved for one of the following reasons:
- Actual local residence is with parents or close relatives or legal guardian. The student is required to register with University Housing and qualifies for exemption when the actual local residence is with a parent, legal guardian, grandparent, adult aunt or uncle, or adult brother or sister (provided that the regulation does not apply to both parties concerned) and the residence is within the Columbus or Wooster metropolitan area (defined as within a 25-mile radius of the Columbus or ATI campus). University Housing must approve this request prior to the initial enrollment for the semester, June 1 for students who enroll for autumn semester and December 15 for students who enroll for spring semester.
- Actual local residence is in a social fraternity or sorority chapter house maintained exclusively for its members. Request forms must be submitted to University Housing and approved prior to initial enrollment for the semester, June 1 for students who enroll for autumn semester and December 15 for students who enroll for spring semester.
- Actual local residence is in a scholarship or academic residential living unit not a part of the residence hall system, but which has been recognized by University Housing. Written documentation for permission to reside in these special units must be submitted to and approved by University Housing prior to initial enrollment for the semester, June 1 for students who enroll for autumn semester and December 15 for students who enroll for spring semester.
Request for excuse from compliance
Requests to be excused from compliance with the Housing Regulation will be considered by University Housing. Requests for the reasons listed below must be submitted in writing to University Housing at least 30 days prior to the initial semester of enrollment.
- Medical necessity certified by a physician and Student Health Services, subject to the approval of University Housing.
- Financial hardship, supported by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), evaluated by the Office of Admissions and Student Financial Aid, and subject to the approval of University Housing. If a FAFSA is not on file, allow six to eight weeks for the evaluation process to be completed.
- Special hardship, documenting severe and compelling circumstances that exist prior to the initial semester or session of enrollment. Approval or denial of the request by University Housing will be based upon substantiation of the circumstances.
Living off campus
For students who are rising third- or fourth-year students who opt to live in the off-campus community, the staff in Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services can assist students in navigating the complexities of finding an apartment and signing a lease. This office provides a number of services, from an online housing search, to roommate fairs, to providing the Off-Campus Living Guide, a publication that can help students learn more about the leasing process and budgeting.
For students who will be living off campus, the staff in Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement also works to provide a home away from home on campus.