The Catholic University of America strongly believes in the benefits that on-campus living has to offer to our students in terms of academic success, personal development and involvement within the campus community.

As such, Catholic University requires all Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior students to live in on-campus housing unless they reside with a parent or legal guardian within 20 miles of campus or are 21 years of age or older at the start of the Fall term. Students who fall under the foregoing exceptions do not need to request an exemption to the on-campus residency requirement.

Students subject to the on-campus residency requirement who do not qualify for one of the exceptions outlined in the Student Housing Policy may seek an exemption to the residency requirement by submitting a request below for reasons such as: 

  • Married: The Student is legally married. A copy of a government issued certificate recognizing the marriage should be emailed to
  • Disability/Medical Need: The Student has a diagnosed disability that cannot be accommodated appropriately within a residential community.  Th Student will need to work with Disability Support Services to provide supporting documentation for review. 
  • Financial Hardship: The Student has experienced an recent and unforeseen financial hardship that significantly impacts their ability to reside on-campus.  Housing Services will work with The Office of Financial Assistance to determine financial status and the Student should have a FAFSA form on file with the University.  Requests to reside off-campus for financial savings are not considered valid for a financial hardship exemption. 

Students requesting an exemption who already have a room assignment for the exemption term will also be subject to the Cancellation of Housing Policy.  Please refer to the Student Housing Policy for more information regarding the Student Housing Requirement.

The Office of Housing Services will review and respond to exemption requests within 5 business days. Submission of the form below acknowledges that the Office of Student Financial Assistance may release financial information to the Office of Housing Services in regards to any exemption requests based on financial hardship.