Housing and Residential Life

Stetson University prides itself on being a residential university. The University is concerned not only with the formal education of its students, but also with their total development as persons.  This effort toward personal growth and development is realized largely through the Housing and Residential Life program. Approximately 2,100 undergraduate students reside on campus in university facilities. Graduate students may be housed if space is available. We do not offer any family housing at this time.

The Department of Housing and Residential Life, located in University Hall, is committed to providing a healthy, inclusive, and safe environment that supports the growth and development of all students. Programs and activities within the residential areas attempt to extend students’ learning outside of the classroom and promote their responsibility of being members of the community in which Stetson students live. Members of the Department of Housing and Residential Life have been specifically trained to provide an environment on campus where students may feel welcomed and supported in their academic endeavors.

Therefore the University maintains a three-year residency requirement for all undergraduate students, including transfers and international students. To be exempt from residency requirement, students must submit the Residency Exemption Request and receive approval from staff within Housing and Residential Life. The form can be found on students' home page of Housing Central (HRL software). The exemptions are based the student's status in one or more of the following categories by August 1st prior to the beginning of the academic year: have earned 22.5 units or 90 credits or more, married or in same-sex domestic partnership, 22 years of age or older, or residing with immediate family (which is defined as parent(s), grandparent(s), legal guardian, aunt/uncle, or siblings not also enrolled at Stetson University) within the approved 45 mile proximity of the campus.

Residential students are responsible for policies and information found in the Guide to Residential Living.

Residency Requirement Policy

Stetson University has a three-year residency requirement for all undergraduate students (incoming, current, transfers and international).

However, there are exceptions to the residency requirement. If you meet any one or more of these exceptions, you may complete the Residency Exemption Request form provided by the Department of Housing and Residential Life:

  • The student has earned 22.5 units (90 credits) or more by August 1 prior to the beginning of the academic year.
  • The student is married or is in a same-sex domestic partnership by August 1 (documentation required).
  • The student is 22 years of age or older by August 1.
  • The student resides with immediate family (defined as parent(s), grandparent(s), guardian(s) or sibling(s) not also enrolled at Stetson University) within the approved 45 mile proximity to the campus. Proof of residency is required.
  • The student can present compelling and extenuating circumstances as to why living on campus will be detrimental to their overall academic success.

Once the request is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Office of Housing and Residential Life. The decision will be communicated to the student via their Stetson email. Students who do not adhere to the residency requirement policy and choose to live off-campus without approval being granted will be assessed a fee equal to one and one-half times the lowest room rate for the time remaining in the academic year. This will be added to the student's account once the semester has started.