First-Year Residency Requirement

What is the First-Year Residency Requirement?

All first-year students are required to live on campus. Data at GVSU mirrors that seen across higher education, indicating that students who live on campus have higher GPAs and retention rates, have higher graduation rates, and graduate more quickly. The services and supports provided by Housing and Residence Life along with the connections our residents make to campus through their time in housing, result in more academically and socially successful students. These factors make up the foundational purpose for the implementation of our policy.

Students must have an active housing application on file or be granted an exemption in order to be compliant. Students are subject to a non-compliance fee for each semester they do not meet the criteria for compliance. The non-compliance fee is equivalent to the cost of traditional-style housing and a base meal plan.

Exemption requests may be submitted along with supporting documentation. Requests will be reviewed by appropriate University staff, and decisions will be based on the information the student has provided to GVSU. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. 

Students are strongly discouraged from signing off-campus leases until they have requested and been approved for an exemption. Without exemption approval, students risk being responsible for the non-compliance fee as well as their lease commitments off-campus.

Residency Requirement Exemption Qualifications
How to Submit an Exemption Request
Exemption Request Information
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