Residency Requirement

Northwestern University has a residency requirement for all incoming first and second year undergraduate students and all incoming undergraduate transfer students. This institution-wide initiative is designed to support social and academic transitions
Who is required to live on campus?
All admitted 1st year students are required to live on campus for their first two years. All admitted transfer students are required to live on campus for their first year. Students who participate in University-sponsored programs (such as internships and Study Abroad), or who request a leave of absence, will be required to fulfill the two- year residence requirement upon their return to campus.
Are transfer students also required to live on campus?

Yes, all admitted transfer students are required to live on campus for their first year.

May I request an exception to the residency requirement?

Yes. A committee comprised of various university offices will review any request for an exception to the residency requirement. Exceptions considered are typically for medical or psychological conditions, financial reasons, family, age, or other situations. The request process for residency requirement exceptions will be available April 1 – May 31, 2019. Please click below for more information and to submit your request:

Housing Accommodation and Exception Policy

How is a housing accommodation request different from a housing exception request?

Housing accommodation requests ordinarily are related to a medical or psychological condition that a student has and may necessitate an alteration to the living environment, inclusion of a particular room feature or configuration, or food needs in order for the student to participate in on-campus housing. 

Where can I submit a housing accommodation or exception request?

Follow the link below for more information related to our Housing Accommodation and Exception Policy page and to submit an accommodation or exception request.

Housing Accommodation and Exception Policy

How long after a request has been submitted will the committee respond?

Accommodation and exception requests will be answered within 4 weeks.  Students should check their Northwestern email account for responses.