Residency Waiver

Residency Waiver Request

All traditionally accepted first and second year students (non-transfers or special programs) are required to live in university housing, unless a residency waiver request is approved.

Residency Requirement

All traditionally accepted first and second year students (non-transfers or special programs) are required to live in university housing while taking classes or on a co-op assignment in the Boston area. The residency requirement in place at Northeastern has been developed over time and with consideration. Research has shown that first and second year students who live in residence halls build closer relationships with faculty, staff and their peers; become more involved; and are generally more satisfied with their overall university experience. The policy is in place due to the significant link between academic success and participation in the Residential Life program.

Residency Requirement Waiver Process

This process indicates that you wish to appeal the residency requirement for first and second year students for both the Fall and Spring semesters. Residency Waivers are only approved for students with extenuating circumstances that can provide documentation to support their waiver request. Housing Services collaborates with many campus partners to make the most informed decision possible, in order to support our students and the mission of the university.

Students receiving any form of aid (grants, loans, or work study) should speak with a representative from the Office of Student Financial Services to understand the individual impact of waiving university housing.

Please note the following are not acceptable reasons for exemption:

  • Roommate conflict
  • Signed off-campus lease
  • Room preference not available during the housing selection process

If you wish to submit a Residency Waiver, please email housing@northeastern.edu and include your Name, NUID, a short description of the reason for request, a completed copy of the Residency Waiver Request Form and any supporting documentation requested on the form to the housing office to be reviewed by staff. Please note, the housing office works with multiple campus partners to review requests, so it can take two or more weeks to be reviewed once all requested documentation is submitted.

Students who are granted a residency waiver for Fall and/or Spring semesters forfeit any guaranteed housing status for future terms and upon approval, active applications for those terms are cancelled. Approved students lose the right to any previously chosen room for those semesters, and should you change your mind and decide to live in university housing, you would need to add yourself to the end of the waitlist for those terms.  That said, if you apply for housing for future years, while you will not be guaranteed through our housing selection process, you will either receive a lottery number or be placed on the waitlist.

PLEASE NOTE:  NUterm residency waivers do not impact any guaranteed housing status for future terms.