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First-Year Students Live On Campus

All incoming first-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus beginning Fall 2017. 

Living on campus for at least your first year is a significant advantage that contributes to your success at the University of Oregon. You will be part of a community and make connections to other students, faculty, and staff. Living on campus also connects you to services that support you as you transition to college life. 

2017-18 residence hall room and board rates start at $9,950. That's $1,000 less than 2016-17 rates. Proposed room and board rates are for planning purposes only, pending final approval, anticipated in March 2017. Rates are subject to change.  

The University of Oregon recognizes that exceptions to the live-on requirement may be appropriate in certain circumstances and may be requested by petition.

Exemptions that will normally be approved are the following:

  • Students who have graduated from high school more than one calendar year before their starting term at UO or are over the age of 21.
  • Students who are living with a parent or legal guardian within a 30-mile radius of the University of Oregon Eugene campus.
  • Students who are married or in a registered domestic partnership/civil union.
  • Students who are caring for a dependent who is living with them.
  • Students who are veterans or on active duty.
  • Students who are in an UO-sponsored program that requires living off campus or out of the area.
  • Students who have a disability and need to live off campus as an accommodation.

Other exceptions not listed above will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students can request an exemption to the live-on requirement online.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What about families who own property in the Eugene area but don't live at the property, could the student live there rather than living on campus?
To qualify for an exemption to the live-on requirement, a student must live with the parent or legal guardian.

What constitutes as a legal guardian? 
The student must be a dependent of the parent or legal guardian to qualify for the living with a parent or legal guardian within a 30-mile radius of campus exemption.

If I qualify for an exemption what do I need to do?
Fill out an online petition and wait for confirmation that the petition has been granted.

Who is on the petition review committee?
The committee will be composed of a wide range of University campus partners.
The committee has not been assembled yet, but it may include representatives from Financial Aid, Academic Advising,  and the Office of the Dean of Students as well as a representative from the Academic Residential Community Council.  

The University Housing Associate Director of Residence Life, Resident Services and Systems, would staff the committee as a non-voting member. No member of University Housing would have a vote on the committee. 

Can I apply for an exemption even if my reason is not on the website listed?  
Yes, each case is individually reviewed and all students are able to apply for an exemption.