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First Year Live-on Requirement

On campus living is a crucial part of the educational experience at the University of Idaho.

New students are expected to live on campus during their first year. New students may choose from among 27 residence hall communities and 33 Greek chapters, and a a women’s cooperative. Living on campus leads to a more successful transition to a university education and a more engaged learning experience.

Research shows that students who live on campus during their first year are more likely to return for their sophomore year and are more academically successful. In fall 2008, as much as 86% of first year students who lived in residence halls and the Greek system returned to the University of Idaho while only 59% of new students who lived off campus returned to the University of Idaho as compared to the previous year. These research results are similar to national research that has been reported.

Students may request an exemption from this requirement and may qualify if 21 years or older, living at home with parents, married/or with children or by having completed 27 credit hours of college credit (excluding dual and AP credits).

The Request for Exemption Form can be downloaded or through the Dean of Students Office (208)-885-6757.   

All requests should be made as soon as possible, but no later than May 1 for fall semester enrollment and November 1 for spring semester enrollment.