Residency Requirement Information

The University of Connecticut (UConn) 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. 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. The policy is in place due to the significant link between academic success and participation in the Residential Life program. Therefore, UConn has instituted a residency requirement for the Storrs campus starting in the fall 2019.

 

All Undergraduate First-Time Freshmen and Undergraduate International Freshmen students admitted to the Storrs campus for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 academic semesters must live on campus for the 2019-2020 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.

Students Participating in the Residency Requirement

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 2019 and spring 2020 academic semesters must live on campus for the 2019-2020 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.

Certain Campus Change Students for Fall 2019

Students who meet the following criteria are required to live on campus for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Under the age of 20 before August 26, 2019
    • OR
    • Less than 54 credits at the close of Spring 2019 semester

    Certain Campus Change Students for Spring 2020

    Students who meet the following criteria are required to live on campus for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • Under the age of 20 before January 21, 2020
      • OR
      • Less than 54 credits at the close of Fall 2019 semester

      Residency Exemption Process Overview

      Requests for exemption to this requirement must be made following the Residency Exemption Process before July 1, 2019.  Exemption requests received after July 1 will not be considered. If admitted after July 1, 2019, requests must be made within 2 weeks of admission date. The Residency Exemption Application is available by request only. In order to request access to the application, students must email livingoncampus@uconn.edu 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.

      Supporting Documentation

      Commuting from Home

      Students residing with parents/guardian within 60 miles of campus.

      • Signed letter from parent/guardian listing the home address and certifying that the student will be living at home.

      Married and/or Dependents

      Students married and/or with dependents

      • Copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate (as applicable)

      Financial Request

      Students with demonstrated unmet financial need where the cost of housing and dining present an insurmountable financial burden.

      • Financial documentation to demonstrate how living on-campus would cause an insurmountable financial burden.
      • All circumstances must be verified through documentation and Residential Life will consult with the Financial Aid Office to verify whether or not students are utilizing all of the assistance for which they are eligible.

      21 years or Older at the start of the semester

      First year students 21 years or higher.

      • No documentation necessary, staff will verify via PeopleSoft (Student Admin system)

      Medical Request

      Students with medical conditions that cannot be met on-campus as determined by the Center for Students with Disabilities (the CSD, http://csd.uconn.edu)

      • A serious medical issue must be verified by a signed statement from a physician and should address how this medical concern relates to the student’s inability to live in on-campus housing. The request will be considered based upon medical need and whether the need can be accommodated in any on-campus housing. Medical documentation must be submitted to The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD, http://csd.uconn.edu ) and not submitted to Residential Life.
      • Residential life should receive the Exemption Application and any other non-medical documentation. When submitting to the CSD please submit to myaccess-csd@uconn.edu or fax to (860) 486-4412. Indicate in the subject line that the documentation is related to Residency Exemption. If you have questions regarding documentation contact Timothy Smagacz, Program Assistant, at (860) 486-2020 or the email above.

      Military Veteran

      Military veterans with DD214

      • Valid DD214 document

      Religious Request

      Students who have religious practices that require specific living accommodations which are not conducive to living on-campus.

      • A signed personal statement addressing how this religious concern relates to the student’s inability to live in on-campus housing. The request will be considered based upon the religious need and whether the need can be accommodated in any on-campus housing. A Residential Life staff member may follow up with the student by phone or in person meeting to discuss the religious needs, and consult with Religious Centers on-campus.

      Other

      • For any circumstance that does not relate to Commuting from Home, 21 years or older, Veteran Status, Marriage/Dependent Status, Medical, Religious, or Financial please include all information that will help establish that your circumstances that make living on-campus a non-viable option.

      If a student is unsure if their situation qualifies for an exemption, please contact the Policy and Process Coordinator at livingoncampus@uconn.edu or by calling our main office at 860-486-2926.

       

      Special note: Students should not make arrangements for alternate housing until they are notified by Residential Life that an exemption has been granted. If an exemption is not granted, the student will be held financially responsible for the 2019-2020 housing fees and will be billed for a traditional double room for the academic year.

       

      Residential Life reserves the right to request additional documentation in support of the student’s exemption request.