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 2020 and spring 2021 academic semesters must live on-campus for the 2020-2021 academic year. Living on-campus in summer academic housing or during the UCAELI program does not count toward the Residency Requirement. Campus Change students changing to Storrs for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 academic semesters, who will be under the age of 20 at the start of the semester, must live on-campus for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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 2020 and spring 2021 academic semesters must live on campus for the 2020-2021 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

New fall 2020 Campus Change Students:

Campus Change students campus changing to Storrs for the fall 2020 semester and will be under the age of 20 at the start of the fall 2020 semester must live on-campus for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • Students who will be 19 or younger as of August 31, 2020 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 31, 2020 will not be required to live on-campus.

 

New spring 2021 Campus Change Students:

Campus Change students campus changing to Storrs for the spring 2021 academic semester and will be under the age of 20 at the start of the spring 2021 semester must live on-campus for the spring 2021 semester.

  • Students who will be 19 or younger as of January 19, 2021 will be required to live on-campus as a part of the Residency Requirement.
  • All students who will be 20 or over as of January 19, 2021 will not be required to live on-campus.

Residency Exemption Process Overview

Requests for exemption to this requirement must be made following the Residency Exemption Process before July 1, 2020.  Exemption requests received after July 1 will not be considered. If admitted after July 1, 2020, 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. Only new residents for spring 2021 will be eligible to submit spring 2021 exemption requests.

Supporting Documentation

Commuting from Home

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

  • Signed letter from parent/guardian listing the home address (which must match the address of record at UConn) 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

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 other on-campus housing through a room change. Medical documentation must be submitted to The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD, myaccess-csd@uconn.edu) and not submitted to Residential LifeSubmitting documentation does not automatically register a student with the CSD. However, students wishing to request accommodations (academic, residential, etc) can register with the CSD at http://csd.uconn.edu.

 

Residential Life should receive this Residency Exemption Request form 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 the documentation is related to Residency Requirement Exemption Request.  If you have questions regarding documentation contact Timothy Smagacz, Program Assistant, at (860) 486-2020 or 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 2020-2021 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does UConn have a Residency Requirement?

  • UConn believes that living on-campus provides unique opportunities, connections to resources, and the community experience that helps all students grow and thrive.
    • Residential Life provides a Residential Learning Model to enhance students’ experiences outside of the classroom and connect residential living to classroom learning

Can I apply for an 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 from 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.

I am Campus Changing to the Storrs campus. Am I required to live on campus?

  • Students campus changing to Storrs for fall 2020 may be required to live on-campus for the 2020-2021 academic year.
    • Students who will be 19 or younger as of August 31, 2020 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 31, 2020 will not be required to live on-campus.

Is there a deadline to submit a Residency Requirement Exemption Request?

  • Residency Requirement Exemption Requests are due by June 30, 2020.
    • If a student does not apply for an exemption for the fall 2020 semester, they are not eligible to apply for an exemption for the spring 2021 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.