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Freshmen Residency Requirement

Because the residential experience is so valuable for student learning, an exemption is necessary for an incoming freshman to live off campus. Exemptions are granted to students who have been admitted and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • 21 years of age or older before the first day of class

  • married and/or have a dependent child(ren) living with them

  • live in McLennan County with parents or legal guardians who have an established residency of three or more months.

Incoming Freshmen

Students desiring to live off campus must complete the Request for Exemption form and submit the appropriate documentation. Exemption forms must be received by May 1st for incoming fall semester release or by December 1st for spring semester release. If acceptance to the University is after these dates, the exemption form is due 5 business dats form the Enrollment Deposit date.

Current Residents

If you currently live on campus, you are considered a current resident. Current residents are not eligible to apply for a residency exemption.

Current residents who wish to request a release from the occupancy contract must contact the Campus Living & Learning office to obtain the appropriate documentation to begin the process.

We strongly encourage any current resident NOT to sign a lease for an off-campus apartment/house/room without first receiving an official release from your occupancy contract. Signing a contract with an outside company, or "double-contracting", does not constitute a sufficient reason to be released. Students who move off-campus but have not been released will be charged the full amount of the assignment for the academic year.