Residence Life

Residency Requirement

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 and be released from the residency requirement. Moving off campus is a privilege for students who have demonstrated responsibility as an on-campus resident. The only exceptions to this requirement are for those students who are living with their parent(s)/legal guardians or nontraditional students and transfer students who have been out of high school one year or more. In order to be exempt otherwise, the student must obtain approval from residence life.

For more information about Elon's residency requirement, please review the Student Handbook or the Residential Policies.

*Please note that on campus housing is not guaranteed for students for all 4 years. 

If you wish to request an exemption based on one of the above criteria, please complete the application in Self Service ( that will be available in the spring. 

Application due dates to live off campus for fall 2018

Application Due DateResponse Date
February 9, 2018 February 16, 2018
April 6, 2018 April 12, 2018