La Salle University believes that residential living is a valuable way for students to experience what it means to live as part of a broader community. Students begin to understand themselves and the dynamic of living with others throughout this unique experience. Students who live within a campus community are generally more likely to be involved in campus life, join student organizations, become involved in student government, and have greater opportunities to interact with faculty. In fact, higher education research validates that students who reside within the campus community tend to be more successful and are more likely to graduate from college.
Required Residency Policy
All full-time undergraduate students are required to live in University housing for six full semesters (unless exempt). This traditionally is Freshman through Junior academic standing. Freshmen and Sophomores are also required to participate in a University Dining Services meal plan. Juniors and Seniors living in residence halls are also required to have a meal plan (with more plan options available).
Exceptions to the residency requirement will be made for students who:
- Change to Commuter Status and reside with a parent or legal guardian within 50 miles of campus (with notarized parent/guardian signature).
- Are 23 years of age or older prior to the start date of the housing contract.
- Are military veterans who have had active duty service.
- Are married and/or live with dependents under their care.
- Are participating in a University Co-Op, Internship, Student Teaching, or Study Abroad program.
- Present compelling individual circumstances, with supporting documentation (considered on a case by case basis).
If a full-time undergraduate student in their first six semesters chooses to live off-campus, and does not secure an approved exemption, they will be billed a standard double room rate along with the default meal plan for resident students for the Fall and Spring semesters.
Residency Intention Statement
How to Indicate Your Residency
All students should maintain and submit accurate information regarding their residence on or off campus.
New Students (new Freshmen & Transfer students)
As part of your confirmation of acceptance to the University, your selection of “Resident” or “Commuter” acknowledges your intention and compliance with the Required Residency Policy.
New students, please update any changes to your parent or legal guardian’s address and/or your permanent home address with Undergraduate Admission.
When Housing Selection is opened, you will be directed to complete a housing application unless you have an approved housing exemption (whether commuting from home, or living off-campus in neighborhood housing).
All Returning students, please update any changes to your parent or legal guardian’s address and/or your permanent home address with the Registrar’s Office.
Returning Off-Campus students, please update your local address each year with the Registrar’s Office.