Residence Life

Requests to Live Off Campus

Moving off-campus is a privilege for students who have demonstrated responsibility as an on-campus resident and our application and appeal process reflect this attitude. (application availablehere).

Decisions will be made based on your letter, academic and judicial records, and current and projected campus occupancy numbers. We are only able to release a limited number of students each year. Submitting a request to live off campus is not a guarantee that you will receive permission and students are advised not to sign a lease until they have received notice that their request has been approved.

Elon University has a two-year residency requirement based on evidence that students who live on campus are more engaged in the community, perform better academically, and are more likely to utilize campus resources. If students wish to live off-campus before their junior year, they must apply to be granted off campus status and thus be released from the residency requirement.

  • Students will be required to submit an unofficial transcript (available on OnTrack) along with their application and letter. While there will be no official GPA standard, this will give the committee a more complete understanding of the student’s progress and needs.
  • A student conduct check will be performed as part of the applicant review process. Applicants will be given the opportunity to elaborate on any past probationary status in writing on the application. Students who are currently on probation or have incomplete sanctions will not be given permission to move off-campus.
  • We will not be requesting medical documentation. However, you are welcome to include any paperwork that may support your letter.
  • Students must acknowledge that they have informed their parent(s), guardian(s), or person(s) responsible for their housing bills that they plan to apply for off-campus status.

Off-Campus Application Steps

  1. Complete the application available here or in the main residence life office (Global C 103). Attach a copy of your transcript from OnTrack and a letter specifying specific reasons for cancelling your housing agreement. Discuss why your needs would be better met off-campus and what steps you have taken to resolve the situation (e.g., talking with a student staff member, assistant director, etc.)
  2. Submit all three documents to the off-campus committee c/o MarQuita Barker, Associate Director of Residence Life Operations and Information Management, 2980 Campus Box, Global C 103. Applications must be received by noon on the due date.
  3. The student’s submitted letter, academic and judicial records, and any additional documentation will be reviewed by the off-campus committee. The committee will meet and make a recommendation to the associate director of residence life operations and information management regarding your appeal. The committee will evaluate whether your needs can be met on campus and if all possible ways to alleviate said problem(s) have been pursued.

Fall 2014 Semester Dates-to live off campus starting spring 2015

Application Due Dates (applications are due by noon) Response Dates
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Spring 2015 Semester Dates-to live off campus starting fall 2015

Application Due Dates (applications are due by noon) Response Dates
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015 Monday, February 23, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015 Tuesday, March 31, 2015

You will be notified in writing on or before the response date listed above as to the committee’s decision. Please make sure you have other options if your application is not granted as these requests are only granted in special instances. Often times, residence life will try to find you an on-campus alternative. Off-campus applications are not guaranteed and therefore you should not sign an off-campus lease until you receive official notification on whether or not your request has been granted. Please note that applications are decided on an individual basis. Members of groups are taken into consideration but all are not guaranteed.