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.

The Exemption Process

Tier 1: Approvable Exemptions

  • 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)
  • Veteran/Still serving in the U.S. Armed Services
  • Married (requires 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 exemptions 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 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