About Our On-Campus Living Requirement

Living on campus your first year at St. Cloud State provides a significant advantage that contributes to your overall student success. Campus residency gives you offers daily connections with other students, faculty and staff members.

Research and data shows that living on campus positively impacts a student's engagement, academic achievement, social connectedness and other factors. Living within the campus community also connects you to resources and services that help with the transition to college life.

All new entering freshman will live on campus and carry a residential meal plan for two semesters. 


You may be exempt from living on campus your first year if you: 

  • Live with a parent or legal guardian within 35 miles of campus
  • Are enrolled in 6 or fewer credits during both the fall and spring semesters
  • Are the guardian of a minor child or other dependent
  • Are married or in a domestic partnership/civil union
  • Are a veteran or active military member
  • Are younger than 16 or older than 21
  • Are living with a sibling who is also a SCSU student
  • Have other extenuating circumstances that prevent you from living on campus such as a medical condition or disability, demonstrated financial hardship, are participating in study abroad, etc.

Remember: 30 Days
If you believe you qualify for an exemption, submit the Housing Exemption Request form under "Housing and Dining" in eServices for review by Residential Life at least 30 days prior to the first day of classes. If your exemption is not approved you will need to move into your on-campus residence hall.

Who is Considered a New Entering Freshman?

New Entering Freshmen is defined as a student entering any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. This includes any student who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned through PSEO or Advanced Placement programs).

The Importance of Advanced Approval
We advise not making alternate living arrangements before submitting your Housing Exemption Request and getting advanced approval.

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