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Off-Campus Petition Process

Requesting an Exemption from the Residential Requirement

The education students acquire from the social and interpersonal experience of residential life plays a vital role in their academic and social development; an integral part of the Redlands experience. For this reason, we are committed to the residential experience by requiring all undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences to live on campus for the duration of their experience. Each year, however, some exceptions are made for those circumstances outlined below. 

Unless a student receives official off campus approval from Residence Life and Housing, they must continue to participate in the Housing Selection and Placement Process to select a room on campus. Under no circumstance is a student without approval, to commit in any way to live off campus, including signing a rental or lease agreement.

Once a student is approved to live off campus, they are approved to do so permanently, without the need to petition again, unless approval is revoked due to Code of Community Standards violations. If at any time, however, a student wishes to return to living on campus, they must notify Residence Life and Housing at RLH@redlands.edu to make arrangements. 

Common Exemptions for the Residential Requirement:

Even students meeting one of these MUST submit a petition to be considered for approval to live off campus. Students must also be in good academic and conduct standing.

  • Over 23 or under 16 years old
  • Living with parents or close relatives within 30 miles of campus
  • Married or in a domestic partnership
  • Approved as a part-time student
  • Senior student (89 or more credits) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Extenuating circumstances

Don't meet one of these exemptions?

Students seeking to live off campus due to a medical/physical/psychological need or financial concern will NOT receive special consideration through the Off Campus Petition Process. These students are highly encouraged to complete an Accommodation Request with Academice Success and Disability Services or Special Circumstances Form with Student Financial Services.

Petition Instructions:

Returning students: All returning students petitioning to live off campus MUST complete the Off Campus Petition form during the Housing Selection and Placement Process found on the MyRedlands Housing Portal under Applications and Forms. The process takes place each Spring to be considered to live off campus at ANY point during the following academic year. In other words, even if a student does not plan to live off-campus until the following spring semester, for example after returning from studying abroad, they MUST petition before the deadline the prior spring semester. Absolutely no Off-Campus Petitions for returning students will be considered outside of the Housing Selection and Placement Process. If additional information, such as proof of residency, is needed, those documents must be emailed to RLH@redlands.edu within three business days of approval. If a student is granted off campus status, they MUST provide the address of their off campus residency by July 1st and keep it up-to-date at all times.

New students: All new students petitioning to live off campus MUST complete the Off Campus questions included in the New/Transfer Student Housing Intention Form. This is the only housing form you will need to complete for both on and off campus consideration. If additional information, such as proof of residency, is needed, those documents must be emailed to RLH@redlands.edu within three business days of approval. If a student is granted off campus status, they MUST provide the address of their off campus residency by July 1st and keep it up-to-date at all times.