If you need to live off-campus, you must complete an Exemption Request to the On-Campus Housing Policy for review by University Housing Services. If you wish to live off-campus, you must complete an On-Campus Release Request. It is important to note that if you do not have an approved request or contract on file by your registration date, you will experience a block until it is complete.
University Housing may grant exemptions to the on-campus housing policy for an individual's circumstance related to marital status, the proximity of the parent or guardian’s home to campus, as well as other factors. Although an exemption is submitted, it does not guarantee approval. Any exemption to the University On-Campus Housing Policy must be approved in writing by University Housing Services prior to the beginning of the contract period for which the exemption is requested.
Sophomore students that are active members of fraternities and sororities and wish to reside in their organization’s house must apply for an exemption prior to July 15. Exemptions to reside in a fraternity or sorority house are only considered on a full academic year basis; they are not considered for the spring semester only. The sorority or fraternity chapter must be in good standing with the University. Any exemption request to live in a sorority or fraternity on probation will not be granted.
If you wish to apply for an exemption to live off-campus:
For current students: On November 4 at 8:30 a.m., the 2021-2022 exemption process will be available in the Housing and Dining Portal under Manage Your Housing & Dining. From there you will be able to start an application and submit an exemption request. At this time you can only submit an exemption request, the rest of the application processes will open in February.
For new students attending Fall 2021-Spring 2022: The 2021-2022 exemption process will open in mid-February.
The On-Campus Housing Policy states that students in their first two years out of high school are required to live in university housing (residence halls and Cardinal Court apartments). Most students who have recently graduated high school are best served in on-campus housing. However, we realize that some students may have unique circumstances, which may qualify for an exemption such as:
If you wish to appeal a decision concerning your petition for an exemption to the University On-Campus Housing Policy, we will consult Student Access and Accommodation Services to confirm if an exemption is needed as part of your accommodation. Students who think they need special housing accommodations due to health or medical concerns should contact the department of Student Access and Accommodation Services to discuss possible accommodations.
If a student has submitted and been denied an exemption request and is interested in appealing, they must be aware of the following:
In order to appeal, students may print and follow the directions on the following two documents:
See the University On-Campus Housing Policy for additional information.
For current students: The On-Campus Release Request for the 2021-2022 academic year reached its capacity on April 6 and is no longer available.
On-Campus Release Requests are accepted and granted based upon a finite amount of available opportunities. Once the On-Campus Release Request is closed, no release requests will be accepted. All release request decisions are final.
If you wish to submit an On-campus Release Request, you must follow the proper steps:
This process is intended for returning students who are required to live on-campus but prefer to live off-campus. There is a finite amount of releases available each year determined by occupancy needs. The following information is provided to assist you.
a) Follow the proper steps: You must receive a written notice from University Housing Services that you have received an approved on-campus release request. Release requests will be available on the Housing website for a short period of time and will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
b) Submit an On-Campus Release Request: You will receive an e-mail a week prior to the release request process with instructions and a timeline of when the process will be available. You will need your UID, ULID, and full name to participate in this process.
c) Wait for a response: Responses will be sent within three business days of receipt of the request. Do not sign a lease for off-campus housing prior to receiving a decision about your release request. Remember, pre-signing a lease does not qualify you for an approved release request. Not everyone who submits a release request will be granted, as there is a finite number of available spaces.
Students who fall under the On-Campus Housing Policy but prefer to live off-campus. Individual reasons may vary and are not collected due to the first-come-first-serve basis of this process.
Unless your release request or exemption request to this policy is granted through the processes outlined above, you are required to live on-campus as stated in the On-Campus Housing Policy. We encourage you to talk to your family about the On-Campus Housing Policy and review the detailed information about the On-Campus Housing Policy found at Housing.IllinoisState.edu.