Residency Waiver

Residency Waiver Request

All first and second year students are required to live in university housing, unless a residency waiver request is approved.

Residency Requirement

All first year and second year students 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 an off-campus lease

-              Room preference not available during the housing selection process

If you wish to submit a Residency Waiver, please email and include your Name, NUID, reason for request, term you wish to begin waiver, and any supporting documentation to the Residency Waiver Review Committee.

Students who are granted a residency waiver for Fall and/or Spring semesters forfeit any guaranteed housing status for future terms.  That said, if you apply for housing in the future, 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.