Studies have shown that students who live on campus are more likely to be satisfied with their collegiate experience, be more involved in campus life, achieve higher academic standards, have a more positive self- image, and are more likely to complete their degree than students who do not live on campus. Living on campus does not guarantee a successful college experience, but the advantages to living on campus are significant. The residency and meal plan policy requirements are maintained in support of these beliefs.

2-Year Requirement (4 semesters on campus – must be Fall/Spring)

Undergraduate students who are enrolled for 12 or more credit hours in the long semesters (fall and spring) are required to reside in the residence halls for the first two full academic years of their education (4 long semesters). Living on-campus at another university prior to Sul Ross can be submitted for consideration towards the residency requirement.

All housing exemption request and supporting documents must be submitted by July 31st (for the following Fall term) or by November 30th (for the following Spring term). Please submit this form to, along with all required documentation listed, to request to live off-campus.  The form cannot be processed unless all of the required information is submitted. The University reserves the right to deny any off-campus appeals. Failure to comply with Residential Living requirements may result in disciplinary action, which may include a complete charge for room and meal plan.

Appeal/Exemption Procedures

To request permission to live off campus PRIOR TO satisfying the 2-year Live-on Requirement, a student must submit the Housing Exemption Request form and provide all supporting documentation to the Director of Residential Living via email ( no later than July 31st (for the following Fall term) or November 30th (for the following Spring term). The Residential Living Housing Exemption Request form is available by clicking hereOff-campus arrangements must NOT be made prior to receiving written notification from the Office of Residential Living that the appeal has been approved. The student filing the request may schedule an appointment prior to the final decision to discuss his/her circumstances with the Director of Residential Living. The decision will be communicated via the student’s Sul Ross email account.

Any student who submits a request for an exemption from Residential Living’s live-on policy shall comply with the established policies for Residential Living until such time as the exemption may be granted. Any exemption granted will be for no longer than one semester or summer unless communicated otherwise. As individual circumstances change, the student must reapply for the exemption each semester until the Residential Living requirement is met. If the circumstances which merited the exemption change during the semester of the exemption, the student must immediately notify the Office of Residential Living and arrange to move back into a residence hall on campus.

If the Director of Residential Living denies the request for an exemption, the student may appeal to the Dean of Student Life.  Appeals to the Dean of Student Life must be filed in writing within five class days of the date of the decision.