Residency Requirement Information

The University of Connecticut considers the on-campus living experience an integral and necessary part of the total education of its students.  The Residency Requirement has been developed with great consideration, as research has shown that first and second year students who live in residence halls build closer relationships with faculty, staff and their peers; become more involved; and are generally more satisfied with their overall university experience.

Undergraduate First Time Freshmen and Undergraduate International Freshmen Students

All Undergraduate First-Time Freshmen and Undergraduate International Freshmen students admitted to the Storrs campus for the fall 2023 and spring 2024 academic semesters must live on campus for the 2023-2024 academic year.  Living on campus in summer academic housing does not count toward the Residency Requirement. Some campus change students also fall under the Residency Requirement.

Campus Change Students

Students campus changing to Storrs for fall 2023 may be required to live on-campus for the 2023-2024 academic year.

  • Students who will be 19 or younger as of August 28, 2023 will be required to live on-campus as a part of the Residency Requirement.
  • All students who will be 20 or over as of August 28, 2023 will not be required to live on-campus.

Exemption to the Residency Requirement

Students can apply for an exemption to the Residency Requirement for one of the following circumstances:

  • Commuting from home: students must provide a letter signed by a parent/guardian stating that they will be living at home, with the parent/guardian, and the home address must be within 60 miles of the Storrs campus. The address in the letter must be the student’s address of record with UConn.
  • Financial need: students with demonstrated unmet financial need, where living on-campus would present an insurmountable financial burden.
  • Medical need: students with a serious medical need that cannot be accommodated on-campus. Students must provide documentation of their medical need directly to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD).
  • Married and/or dependents: students who are married and/or have dependents.
  • Military Veteran: military veterans with a valid DD214 document.
  • Religious request: students who have religious practices that require specific living accommodations that cannot be accommodated on-campus.

The Residency Exemption Application is available by request only. In order to request access to the application, students must email with their name, student ID number, and a request for the exemption application. The application itself will be made available to the student on MyHousing. Only new residents for spring 2024 will be eligible to submit spring 2024 exemption requests.

Residency Requirement Exemption Requests are due by July 1, 2023 for Fall 2023 and December 15 for new Spring 2024 residents

  • If a student does not apply for an exemption for the fall 2023 semester, they are not eligible to apply for an exemption for the spring 2024 semester.
  • If a student is approved for an exemption after the housing cancellation deadline, they will be permitted to cancel their housing at no penalty.
  • Students who apply for an exemption and are not approved will remain required to live on-campus and will be billed accordingly.