As a residential campus, committed to the education of the whole person, the residential experience is considered an integral part of a student's education. Research over the past 50 years shows that students who belong to a campus residential community have a more productive and more satisfying college experience than those who live off campus. Students who live on-campus are more likely to:
- Take full advantage of campus resources
- Be more involved in campus activities and educational programs
- Take more credits per quarter
- Achieve greater academic success
- Persist to graduate at a higher rate
- Be more satisfied with their overall university experience
Students are required to live on campus and purchase the Residential meal plan ($1,600/quarter) if they fall into any of the following categories:
- Freshmen or sophomore and under the age of 21.
- First or second year SU student and under the age of 21.
- Within two years of high school graduation date as of first day of fall quarter classes, and under the age of 21.
If students fall into any of the above categories (as of the first day of class for the academic year), they are required to live on campus and purchase the Residential Meal Plan ($1.600/quarter) for the full academic year. If student status (class year, age etc.) changes during the academic year, they will not be released from this housing requirement until the following academic year. The summer quarter is not included in the residential requirement.
Returning students applying for an exemption to the residential requirement are required to submit a request by May 1st. New students are required to submit a request by August 1st. For more details see .
By signing the Student Housing Agreement, students will be subject to financial penalties for failing to honor the commitment for the entire academic year. While an exemption from the On-Campus Residency Requirement may be awarded in a given case, a student may still be subject to financial penalties under the Student Housing Agreement “Room Rates for Academic Year” clause for up to the full remaining rates due.
The is a binding, legal document. Therefore, we will not approve mid-year move-outs after the move-in date without a financial penalty for cancellation.
What Every Student Should Know
Your 2017-2018 Housing Agreement, a contract, spells out what we will do for you -- and what you agree to in return. Once you sign it, the contract is legal and binding and cannot be broken except in very specific situations.
The Resident Handbook and the Guide to Residence Hall Living are legally binding adjunct to your Housing Agreement. Signing your contract signals your agreement to abide by the rules, policies and regulations.