Residential Living and Learning

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 residential living experience. 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 Residential Living and Learning (RLL), 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 Residential Living and Learning 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. However, new incoming transfer students who enter Stetson with 30 or more credit hours may be exempted from the Requirement. 

To be exempt from residency requirement, all students must submit the Residency Exemption Request and receive approval from the Residential Living and Learning (RLL) staff. The form can be accessed on students' home page of Housing Central (RLL software). The exemptions are based the student's status in one or more of the identified categories by August 1st prior to the beginning of the academic year.  These are explained in greater detail in the Residency Requirement listed below. 

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

University Residency Requirement

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 Residential Living and Learning:

  • The student has earned 22.5 units (90 credits) or more by August 1 prior to the beginning of the academic year.
  • Incoming new transfer student with 30 or more credit hours.
  • 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 staff within Residential Living and Learning. The final decision will be communicated to the student via their Stetson email. Students who do not adhere to the University Residency Requirement by not receiving prior approval to living off-campus and fail to physically occupy their rooms as determined by the RLL staff and remain enrolled at the University will be considered as failing to comply with the Residency Requirement and may be subject to both financial and disciplinary consequences.