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Off Campus FAQ's

Who can apply for the Off-Campus Selection Process?

Only students classified as members of the rising junior and senior cohorts will be eligible for the Off-Campus Selection Process. Students of the rising junior and senior cohort may apply for the Off-Campus Selection each year. Submitting an application or participating in the Off-Campus selection does not guarantee that off campus residency will be granted. Rising juniors and seniors who wish to live off campus must fill out the CSB Off Campus Selection Form which can be found on the Housing Portal. The deadline for this form is October 15.

How are students selected for Off Campus housing?

Release from the residency requirement will be offered based on the best selection number in your group.

Who can apply for the "Appeal to Be Released from the Residency Requirement"?

If a student meets one or more of the following criteria on the first day of fall semester, she can appeal to be released from the residency requirement. This form is found on the Housing Portal.

The criteria are:

  • Students who are married or who have dependent children living with them.
  • Students who are over the age of 23 on the first day of fall semester or who have attended 8 or more semesters as a full time college student.
  • Part -time students (those enrolled for less than 12 credits) for fall term (example: those who need less than 12 credits to graduate at end of the term).
  • Continuing Ed Students.
  • Students doing internships, clinical, or student teaching more than 30 miles from campus during fall term. Please be aware, students must be able to provide documentation verifying location of experience if request for release is based on this criteria.
  • Students with a medical condition that cannot be accommodated on campus provided that documentation from health care professional is submitted to support the request

If a student meets of of these criteria, she will automatically be granted off-campus residency status for the academic year or term(s) for which she applied.

Students who do not meet the criteria above may appeal to be released from the residency requirement in any of their four years to live at their permanent home address if located within 20 miles of the CSB campus. These requests for release from the residency requirement will be considered on a case by case basis. Submitting an appeal does not guarantee that off campus residency will be granted.

When is the deadline to sign up for off campus housing?

The deadline for students to sign up for off campus housing is October 15th.

Is there a maximum group size allowed in the release process?

Yes, the maximum group size to be 6 students.  In the event you are looking at housing off campus that accommodates more than 6 people you may combine as you see fit with other groups who have been offered a release. As always, do not sign a lease or make firm plans until Offers of Release are made in mid-November.

Can I go through the release process as an individual instead of as a group?

Yes, students may only apply to the Off-Campus Selection process once, either individually or as part of a group. A selection number may be used only once in the Off-Campus Selection process. 

Is there preference in the release process for seniors?

Yes, groups with a majority of Senior Cohort members (those who began college in Fall 2014 or earlier) will receive priority in the process. Groups comprised entirely with members of the rising senior cohort (those who began college in Fall 2014 or earlier) will receive priority in the process. Applying to the process is not a guarantee of release. Often, the number of participants in the release process (those who apply) exceeds the number of releases to be offered. Please know that this could mean that your group, even if you have all seniors, may not be offered a release.  Next groups that have a majority of rising senior cohort members but also include rising juniors will have priority AFTER groups that only have seniors in their group. Please know that this could mean that your group, even if you have a majority of seniors in it, may not be offered a release.  Majority is defined as 51% of the group (i.e. a group of 6 requires 4 seniors to be considered senior majority).

Can juniors apply for the Release Process?

While juniors may apply for the Junior/Senior Release process, please know that the number of seniors applying in the past four years have meant that no rising juniors applying as individuals or junior living groups have been offered a release.  You will be able to become part of the waiting list and you may receive a 2nd or 3rd round offer should senior groups decline a release later in the process

Can I still apply for on campus housing if I accept the off campus offer but can't find housing?

Students have until December 15th to accept or decline the offer to live off campus. If a student cannot find housing after accepting the off campus offer, we can work with them in finding on campus housing. Students will still be able to participate in the on campus housing process. Please note that there is a timeline for on campus housing. If a student notifies us about this situation after the on campus housing process is over, options may be limited.

Can I decline an offer to live off campus?

A student may decline an offer for release however, if they were part of living group, it will only be possible for the living group to include another rising junior or senior as part of the group if they are approved from the off campus wait list.

I am presently living off-campus, do I have to reapply to live off-campus again for next year?

Yes, living off-campus is a privilege that all students must reapply for each year. Students must continue to meet the criteria for eligilbity. Also note that living off-campus one year does not give you any advantage in the release process. Students living at home with parents: You have to reapply so that we know of your continued desire to live at home with your parents. If you do not wish to continue to live at home, you must apply for exemption from the residency requirement as any other student. Non-traditional students (usually 23 years of age or older): You have to reapply so that we know of your continued desire to remain living off-campus.

If I am not released to live off-campus initially, how does the waiting list work?

If placed on the waiting list, we release the next individual/group when the number of students who have accepted to live off-campus has dropped below the number of students approved to live off-campus.    

  • Students/Groups who apply by deadline and are not approved through the Off Campus Selection will be wait-listed by selection number.
  • Students/Groups applying October 16 or later (but before On Campus Selection) will be wait-listed by time and date of submission.  
  • The Off Campus Waiting List becomes void as of the On Campus Room Selection process.  Following room selection, groups or individuals who wish to be on the off campus waiting list may add their names to the post-room selection waiting list.

The house we want off campus has several groups looking at it, should we sign a lease?

NO! Students are not approved to live off campus until an offer is made and an acceptance letter is submitted. Students who do not follow this process and sign a lease off campus will find themselves responsible for that lease as well as the Campus Housing Agreement (lease) and all fees associated with campus housing. Having a signed an off campus lease does not grant you release or priority in the process or waiting list. You should not sign an off campus lease without an offer of release in the Off Campus Selection process.  

Our entire living group is seniors, so we will get released, right?!

Not necessarily. Applying to the process is not a guarantee of release. Often, the number of participants in the release process (those who apply) exceeds the number of releases to be offered. Please know that this could mean that your group, even if you have all seniors, may not be offered a release   

What happens if I do not receive release and I just live off campus anyways?

If you have not been granted permission to live off campus you are required to live on campus. The residential experience of community living which supports and challenges our students with opportunities for personal and social growth. As a Benedictine, liberal arts college, we believe that living in community is of central importance to the student experience and all students are required to live on campus. While we understand that living on campus may not be your first choice for housing that does not excuse you from the requirement.  Ultimately, if you do not select housing in the room selection process a room will be assigned to you and will be billed for room and board accordingly

Where can I learn more about the off campus process?

For information about eligibility and requirements, click here.