Residency Requirements & Exemption Information


Full-time undergraduate students at the Adrian campus must live on campus for three years unless approved for exemption based on one of the standard criteria met by September 1, 2024. First and second year students must reside in the residence halls. Third year students and those who will be juniors may live in Campus Village (when available) or continue to live in the residence halls. Housing registration for all University housing takes place in descending class order and options are based on availability.



A student may request an exemption if they meet one of the standard criteria below by September 1st, 2024:

  1. The student lives fulltime with a parent, legal guardian, or University-approved family member at the primary residence of the parent, legal guardian, or University-approved family member within 35.0 driving miles of the University as determined by:
    • “University-approved family member” is defined as a grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, or cousin. Approved family members must be at least 25 years old.
  2. The student is 21 years of age or older.
  3. The student is at senior level status (88 semester credits or more).
  4. The student is married.
  5. The student is caring for a dependent child.
  6. The student is a United States Veteran.
  7. The student is a transfer student with a minimum 45 credits transferring to Siena Heights.
  8. The student has Independent status.

To be approved for one of these criteria, a Housing Exemption Application must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life each year no later than the first day of the fall semester. Students who do not submit a Housing Exemption Application, do not meet the requirements for being exempt, or attempt to falsify information on the Housing Exemption Application will be charged the full rate of a standard room and Option 19 board plan for the academic year. The residency requirement applies to incoming transfer students and international students, but they may also apply for an exemption if desired.

To submit a Housing Exemption Application, please download the form below, print and fill it out. Submit the form along with the supporting documentation to or drop it off to the Office of Residence Life for processing.


There are rare occasions where a student and/or their supporters may experience a recent and significant change that affects the student’s ability to afford their education.  These changes may create an extenuating financial circumstance to warrant an exemption from our Housing Requirement. Factors prior to enrollment are not considered.  Students requesting an exemption must have a completed FAFSA on file.  Applications for Extenuating Financial Circumstance must be submitted with proper documentation including statements from both the students and their parents/guardian along with documentation of extreme hardship. 

Students new to the University are not eligible for an Extenuating Financial Housing Exemption in their first year.

Financial savings is not a valid reasons for to apply for this type of exemption.

Again, please download the Financial Housing Exemption Application below, print, fill out, and return the form with all documentation to for consideration.

​You may take pictures or scan the form and documents. Please include all documents when submitting or the application cannot be processed. Remember, submitting the application DOES NOT guarantee approval.

All Financial Housing Exemptions go to a committee for a decision. The committee may also request additional information. Please include as much documentation as possible with your initial application. The standard response from the committee takes 2-3 weeks. Because Financial Housing Exemptions are already outside the standard housing exemption process, decisions of the committee are final; no additional appeals are available for denied requests.

***During March 2025, the residency requirement for the 2025-2026 academic year will be determined by the University Administration and announced. New and returning students will be held to any updates to the residency requirement in future years.***