Students may be released from the University’s residency requirement in one of two ways:
- Students may enter the Off-Campus Lottery. This indicates a desire to live off-campus prior to fulfilling the residency requirement. As the Office of Residence Life and Housing finalizes the number of students able to live off-campus, they will use a random selection process to release the appropriate number of students.
- FOR SPRING 2022: Students may form an Off-Campus Lottery Group and enter the Off-Campus Lottery from the Housing Portal between October 15 and November 1. Releases will be communicated by November 12.
- In support of students with disabilities, the Office of Residence Life and Housing has a wide variety of housing and dining options on campus that can accommodate the vast majority of disability needs. Students who need to request a disability-related accommodation should visit rlh.wfu.edu/accommodations to begin the request process. Please note that a release from the University’s six-semester on-campus housing requirement is generally not considered a reasonable accommodation. Students seeking an accommodation to live off-campus should explain in their request (and in providers supporting documentation) how living off-campus meets their needs in ways the University cannot in either on-campus or in University-sponsored housing (Crowne Apartments and/or Deacon Station).
Exceptions to the residency requirement for reasons other than living at home in the Winston-Salem area are typically very rare. If released, you are reclassified as a non-resident student and will no longer be eligible for any part of guaranteed campus housing (including Greek Block housing). All students who are released and remain enrolled as full-time students must register their off-campus address with the Office of Residence Life and Housing.
Students on named scholarships are reminded the must maintain four years of campus residency. Exceptions are rare, and may be granted at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.
Students who are discovered to have moved off-campus without receiving prior permission will, minimally, have their class registration held (or possibly canceled), risk financial penalties, and be required to submit an application for review. If approved, the student will receive a warning similar to those students who have had a law enforcement officer visit their residence (see Off-Campus Conduct). If the application is denied, the student will need to apply to return to campus housing (based on space availability).
- All housing and meal plan charges will continue to accrue and are the responsibility of the student until the student is officially released, in writing, from the University’s residency requirement and the Housing and Dining Agreement.
- Students requesting an exception to the University’s residency requirement should proceed as normal with the room selection process until receiving written confirmation.
- If you have a roommate, please be courteous and notify them of your intention to leave campus housing.