As part of the First Year Experience program, living on campus is an important component of a student’s first year at OSU. On-campus living provides unique resources and connections that help students create a successful and well-rounded college experience.
OSU staff understands that in some instances, some students may need to petition for a qualifying exemption. Exceptions to the live-on requirement will only be considered after a student completes the UHDS housing application.
Exemptions to the FYE live-on requirement may be requested by petition. Exceptions that will normally be approved are:
- The student is living with immediate family in a family situation (mother and/or father; legal guardian; sibling; aunt or uncle; or grandparents,) and within approximately 30 mile radius of the Corvallis campus of OSU.
- The student has a legal dependent that is living with the student.
- The student is married or has a domestic partner.
- The student has attended an institution of higher education as a regularly enrolled student for at least two regular semesters or three regular quarters, post high school graduation, excluding summer sessions.
- The student is living in a fraternity or sorority that is an OSU recognized Voluntary Student Organization for the 2013-2014 academic year. Student must be on a list by September 16, 2013 that is sent to University Housing and Dining Services from the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. If a student has a signed contract with UHDS past September 16, 2013 and decides to cancel it to live in a fraternity or sorority as described above, the student will be subject to all applicable cancellation fees.
- The student is living in a non-profit co-operative house providing room and board to OSU students in a house within Corvallis city limits for the 2013-2014 academic year. A qualifying house must have at least 30 occupants, and structures that are typically called apartments or townhouses do not qualify. Students must choose this living option by August 1st, 2013. If a student has a signed contract with UHDS past August 1st, 2013 and decides to cancel it to live in a non-profit co-operative house as described above, the student will be subject to all applicable cancellation fees.
Request for Exemption
Other exceptions not listed above will also be considered on a case-by-case basis through the committee chaired by the Office of the Dean of Student Life, with the committee’s decision as final. These case-by case exceptions include:
- The student is not on-campus for a majority of their coursework, such that living on campus is not consistent with their program objectives.
- The university approves a student’s request to live off campus as an accommodation for a qualifying disability or a sincerely-held religious practice/belief that is not sufficiently accommodated on-campus.
- The student has been offered and accepted an athletic scholarship package or walk-on agreement that is in conflict with this policy for an academic year prior to Fall 2015
- The student or immediate family member purchased a house prior to August 1, 2012 with the intent of the student living in the house and the owners can provide documentation of the purchase date. Documentation should include owner information, date of purchase and the address of the property. Documentation can be part of the purchase agreement or on appropriate letterhead from a financial institution. The location of the house must be within approximately a 30 mile radius of the Corvallis campus of OSU.
- The students’ information the university has on file is incorrect and the correct information would meet one of the standard exceptions listed above
Visit the Oregon State Univesity First Year Experience website.
Read the full text of the Live-On Policy - updated July 9, 2013 [PDF]
Read our Live-On Policy FAQs
For general questions on OSU’s live-on requirement, or questions regarding exceptions or or requests for exemptions, contact University Housing & Dining Services.