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Student Housing Residency Requirement

This policy takes effect fall semester 2018.

Beginning with the undergraduate class entering fall semester 2018, SFCM requires undergraduate students to reside on campus for the first three academic years (freshman, sophomore, and junior years). Prior to fall semester 2018, SFCM required undergraduate students to reside on campus for the first two academic years (freshman and sophomore years).

Freshmen (first-year undergraduate students) entering SFCM in the fall semester 2018 and thereafter are required to live on campus for their first six semesters at SFCM, and may apply to live on campus for subsequent semesters pending availability of housing.  This includes transfer students admitted to SFCM as freshmen.

Freshmen (first-year undergraduate students) entering SFCM for the first time in the spring semester 2019 and thereafter are required to live on campus for their first five semesters at SFCM, and may apply to live on campus for subsequent semesters pending availability of housing. This includes transfer students admitted to SFCM as freshmen.

Transfer students admitted to SFCM as sophomores (second-year undergraduate students) in the fall semester 2018  and thereafter are required to live on campus for their first four semesters at SFCM. Transfer students admitted to SFCM as sophomores (second-year undergraduate students) in the spring semester 2019 and thereafter are required to live on campus for their first three semesters at SFCM.

Senior and Graduate-level students at SFCM will be offered on-campus housing depending on availability. If a student wants to be considered for on-campus housing, he or she should secure their space on the housing waitlist by contacting the Office of Student Affairs.

Students returning from a Leave of Absence (LOA) will be offered on-campus housing depending on availability.

Housing contracts extend through the full academic year (fall and spring semesters), and students living on campus in the fall semester are obligated to remain in on-campus housing for the fall and spring semesters.

Exemptions to the Residency Requirement

Exemptions to the residency requirement may be granted by the Office of Student Affairs. Students seeking an exception must submit a Request for Exemption to Residency Requirement Form along with supporting documentation. Students are expected to pay room fees in full by published payment deadlines unless they have received a residency requirement exemption from the Office of Student Affairs. If a student's request for exemption from the residency requirement is granted after payment is made, he/she will be issued a refund. A separate Request for Exemption to Residency Requirement Form is required for each year an exception is being sought. For consideration, the form must be received by the Office of Student Affairs no later than June 1 for new students scheduled to be in housing for the fall semester and no later than December 1 for new students admitted for the spring semester.

Exemptions are typically granted when:

  • The student lives at home with a parent or legal guardian within 40 miles of SFCM. If the student changes residence, it is her/his responsibility to promptly notify the Office of Student Affairs.
  • The student is able to demonstrate a financial hardship that would otherwise prevent him or her from attending SFCM.
  • The student has a disability that precludes living in a residence hall. Documentation of the student's disability is required from a qualified professional who has direct knowledge of the student and his or her condition, e.g., physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc. This documentation must meet the guidelines described in the policies and procedures found on the Disability Support Services page.
  • The student is married, in a registered domestic partnership that is recognized by the state of California, and/or is a parent with whom one or more dependent children reside.
  • The student is 21 years of age or older prior to September 1 of the academic year in question.