Living Off-Campus

George Fox is a residential university and, as such, has a two-year residency requirement effective Fall of 2014 (please refer to The Benefit of Living On-Campus for more information about the advantages of campus housing). Students who meet one of the following eligibility criteria are able to live off campus:

  • Students with junior status defined as 62 or more credit hours prior to the first day of fall semester
  • Students who are 20 years old or older prior to the first day of fall semester
  • Students in their third year out of high school
  • Students who are married
  • Local students commuting from their parent’s current place of residence and who have submitted an Application to Commute from Parent(s) Home

Eligible students should notify the university of their intent to live off campus by emailing prior to the deadlines listed below.

Deadline for Off-Campus Application

The deadlines for requesting off-campus housing are as follows:

Fall Semester 2016

  • Returning students who would like to be considered for off-campus approval prior to housing selection need to submit a Residency Exemption Request before 5 p.m. on March 2, 2016.
  • The last day for returning students to submit a Residency Exemption Request is May 31, 2016.
  • July 31, 2016 is the last day eligible students can opt to live off campus.  Opting to live off campus after this point will result in a $75 housing change late fee.  Students who chose to move off campus (commute from home or otherwise) after the third week of the semester will not be eligible for a refund of housing charges and will be responsible for the full cost of the semester housing fees.

It is expected that all students who live off campus abide by the university's lifestyle policies. Those students who live off campus and choose to violate the policies may have their approval to live off campus revoked and be required to return to university housing, or face other disciplinary action deemed appropriate by the student life office.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are expected to abide by the university residency requirements. Even if the student has established a place of residence locally, transfers should plan on living on campus unless otherwise qualifying under the policy. Only those credits that have officially transferred will be considered in determining off-campus eligibility.

Appeals and Exceptions

Students who wish to seek an off-campus exception should do so in writing by March 2, 2016 to be considered prior to housing selection. To apply, students need to pick up a Residency Exemption Request from the student life office. Please note that most requests that fall outside of university policy are not considered. To apply for a financial hardship exemption, fill out the petition for financial hardship exemption by December 11 for Spring 2016 or by May 31 for Fall 2017. Requests presented after this time will not be considered.