Residency Requirement

Wittenberg University believes in the importance of a residential college experience. As we help our students become citizens of the world, we want them to participate in the journey to independence. Because of our values, we expect all full-time students to live in university owned housing. Wittenberg provides varied housing options - from traditional residence halls, to furnished apartments, to university owned houses. As an initial introduction to being away from home, first- and second-year students typically reside in the residence halls, where they have Resident Advisors to support and assist them. During the third and fourth year, students transition to university owned houses and apartments with increased responsibility and independence.

It is important that students engage in the community to take full advantage of out-of-class experiences.

Exemptions to the residential requirement may be requested if the student:

  • Resides at the principal residence of their parent or legal guardian within a 30-mile drive of the campus and commutes daily from that residence to the campus; or

  • Is married or has dependents in their care; or

  • Has earned at least 60 credit hours, and is requesting to live in their Greek organization's University-recognized chapter house (and is listed on the house's official roster); or

  • Is participating in a University-approved academic experience that necessitates a living arrangement outside of a 30-mile drive from campus (e.g. study-abroad programs, etc.); or

  • Is 24 years of age or older at the time of admission.

To request exemption, a student must complete a Commuter Intent and Agreement Form. You can find the form in your Housing Portal. The form will be reviewed, and approval or denial will be communicated via email. 

If the student is requesting exemption from the residency requirement for any other reason, they must include a statement of rationale for the request.

All housing release approvals are dependent upon the conditions under which the initial approval was given; if the conditions are altered in any way (e.g. parent/legal guardian moves; student moves out of parent/legal guardian house; participation in a study-abroad program is cancelled; etc.), the student must reapply and receive approval for the new conditions or return to campus housing.

If a commuter student decides to reside on campus, they must fulfill any and all housing restrictions before they can be released to the Witten'Burbs.

By submitting a request, the student gives permission to Residence Life to verify the information contained in the request as well as information related to the student's academic, social, and financial standing as related to the request.

Students who apply for exemption with inaccurate information (e.g. a student who indicates they will be commuting from parent/legal guardian primary residence but is instead renting from a private landlord in town) will be charged through the student conduct system and can be held responsible the standard double room rate.

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