First Year Live On Policy

All UofL first-year students under 21 will be required to live on campus, unless living at home with a parent or guardian*.

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       Wellness House                  West Hall.

*Who can get an exemption?

Students who can demonstrate that they meet one of the following conditions may receive an exemption from the policy:
a) will reside with a custodial parent or guardian for the academic year
b) 21 years of age or older
c) veteran of the U.S. Armed Services 
d) married
e) custodial parent or guardian of a child
f) students with other extenuating circumstances.

Exemption Process
Students can fill out the Online Exemption Request.  Students will not be required to pay the application charge in the processes of requesting an exemption.  Notice of exemption decisions will be sent within three weeks to the student's university e-mail account.
* The exemption requests will be evaluated by a committee of students, faculty and staff.  Students may appeal the decision of the exemption committee to the Director of Housing.

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 ask first year students to stay on campus because they realize living on campus help students be successful.
* 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 and to help them be successful.
* First year students will be encouraged to participate in the programs and activities around the following focus areas:  financial planning, celebrating differences, academic support, campus resources, drug and alcohol awareness and community service.

University police provide a campus escort service, monitor a large bank of campus security cameras, and maintain continued campus police patrols in an effort to ensure the safety and security of our residents