Living on campus is an important component of a student's first year at Eastern Washington University. New, first-year students are required to live in an EWU residence hall. This policy is designed to increase student success and persistence to graduation.
On-campus living provides unique resources and connections that help students create a successful and well-rounded college experience, and research has shown that living in student housing during the first year has numerous academic and social benefits for students. In particular, students who live on campus during their first year typically experience the following benefits:
- higher graduation rates than students who live off-campus;
- a higher level of satisfaction with their college experience;
- a higher level of involvement in clubs and activities on campus; and
- more frequent interaction with faculty members and peers.
Are there exceptions to the live-on requirement?
You can apply for an exception by completing the Housing Exception Request and providing the requested supporting documentation.
I am over 21, do I need to complete a live-on requirement exception form?
We hope you will consider living on campus with us. There are designated rooms for students over 21. However, if you are not planning to live on campus, you do not need to complete an exception form.
I am a Running Start student, do I have to live on campus?
Yes. In order to be exempt from the live-on requirement you need to have one year of college AFTER high school graduation.
I am a new transfer student. How does the housing requirement affect me?
If you have attended a college or university for a full academic year after you graduated from high school, you are not required to live on campus and do not need to complete an exception form. We highly encourage you to consider the Transfer Eastern Living Learning Community.
Running Start students do not qualify as Transfer students when it pertains to the live-on requirement.
What if I will be living at home with my parents or guardian?
Students planning to live with their parents will need to complete a Housing Exception Request.