First Year Live On Policy

All UofL first-year students under the age of 21 will be required to live on campus, unless living at home with a parent or guardian.  The student’s age as of the official first day of fall semester shall determine the applicability of this policy.

University of Louisville students enrolled in college for the first time in the fall semester after high-school graduation must reside for two semesters in one of the following residence halls: Bettie Johnson Hall, Billy Minardi Hall, Center Hall, Community Park, Kurz Hall, Louisville Hall, Miller Hall, Threlkeld Hall, Unitas Tower, or Wellness House.

The Exemption Process

Tier 1: Approvable Exemptions

Exemption requests will not be processed unless the required documentation is attached.

  • Students will reside with a parent or legal guardian for the academic year (must have legal documentation to live with a guardian).
  • 21 years of age or older (must show a copy of driver's license or state ID)
  • Veteran/Still serving in the U.S. Armed Services (must have a certificate of release or discharge)
  • Married (must have a marriage certificate)
  • Parent or legal guardian of a child (must have legal documentation that student is guardian)

Tier 2: First-Year Live On Exemption Committee

If a student does not meet any of the criteria stated for the Tier 1 Exemption then their request will automatically be sent to the First-Year Live On Exemption Committee.  The exemption requests will be evaluated by a committee of students and staff.  if they are denied at this level, they may appeal to Tier 3.  An email will be sent to the student informing them of how to make an appeal to Tier 3.

Tier 3: Director of Housing

This is the final decision for exemption requests that were denied by the First-Year Live On Exemption Committee.  If you are denied at this level you will not be permitted to live off campus.

Why has this policy been implemented and why now?

We have known for some time that students who live on campus were retained at a higher level but we have not had the facilities or services to support a greater on-campus population.  The additional housing beds, enhanced food service, increased library hours and redesigned student space across campus have made it possible for us to house the additional influx of students.

Do other schools ask first year students to stay on campus?

Many schools across the country require first year students to stay on campus because they realize living on campus results in higher retention and promotes student success in a wide variety of areas. Every state school in Kentucky requires first year students to stay on campus except for the University of Kentucky.  Some Kentucky schools require students to live on campus for two years.

First Year Programming
We have developed a yearlong comprehensive programming model to help students adjust to campus life and to help them be successful.  First year students will be encouraged to participate in a variety of  programs and activities that explore issues and ideas facing college students.  Programming focuses on a number of areas including the following; financial planning, celebrating differences, academic support, campus resources, drug and alcohol awareness and community service.

Fill out the Exemption Request Form