Undergraduates who wish to live off campus must apply for and receive off-campus permission through the Office of Residential Life. Approximately 70-80% of seniors live off campus in a given year. A small number of juniors (perhaps 10% of the class) may receive permission to live off campus based on the numbers of students and housing available in each year.
Dates and deadlines
The off-campus permission process begins in September for the following year's housing. Eligible students receive email from Residential Life with instructions and application deadlines. Application deadlines are typically October for rising juniors (i.e., current sophomores who will be juniors next year) and December for rising seniors (i.e., current juniors who will be seniors next year).
Students should not sign a lease for off-campus housing unless and until they receive written permission from Residential Life to live off campus. Students who sign a lease before receiving permission may find that their number does not come up for off-campus permission, and then be stuck with both an on-campus housing fee and an off-campus lease.
Students abroad or on leave
Students who are abroad or on leave when applications are due may find their login blocked when attempting to access the off-campus application. Students who encounter a blocked login should e-mail Residential Life for assistance.
Residential Life policies and communications about off-campus options are posted in the Off-Campus Information section of the Residential Life website.