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Student Housing Residency Requirement

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

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

Transfer students admitted to the Conservatory as sophomores (second-year undergraduate students) in the fall semester are required to live on campus for their first two semesters. Transfer students admitted to the Conservatory as sophomores (second-year undergraduate students) in the spring semester are required to live on campus for their first semester.

Junior, senior, and graduate-level students at the Conservatory 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 by completing the application process outlined by 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 Life 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 the Conservatory. 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 the Conservatory.
  • 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.