Off Campus Release Process

Off Campus Local Living Process:

Students interested in local living/off-campus housing options for the 2022-2023 academic year, more information will be released in January 2022.

The Office of Residential Life and Housing advises all students not to sign a lease for an off-campus rental property without receiving an official Exemption from the Residency Requirement.  Committing to a lease agreement with an off-campus rental property is not grounds for nor merits an Exemption from the Residency Requirement.

Qualified Exemption from the Residency Requirement Process:

The College of Saint Benedict is now accepting applications from students requesting a Qualified Exemption from the Residency Requirement for the 2022-2023 academic year. Students who meet one or more of the following criteria, may request an exemption from the residency requirement:

  • Students who are married or who have dependent children living with them.
  • 5th year students, specifically students who are over the age of 23 on the first day of the fall 2023 semester or who have attended 8 or more semesters as a full-time college student following high school graduation.
  • Part -time students, who are enrolled for less than 12 credits for the fall 2022 semester.
  • Continuing Ed Students.
  • Military service veteran status.
  • Students doing internships, clinical/capstone, or student teaching more than 30 miles from campus during the fall 2022 semester and enrollment in said internship/student teaching/capstone accounts for more than half of the credits for which the students are enrolled. Student must provide documentation of internship/capstone/student teaching at time of request if based upon these criteria.
  • Students with an extenuating unique circumstance may request to live at their permanent home if their address is located within 30 miles of the CSB campus.

These requests for release from the residency requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Submitting a request does not guarantee that a student will receive an exemption to live at their permanent home address. Also, please be aware, as living at home reduces your cost of attendance, any exemption offered will likely result in a reduction to your financial aid. Any questions about this should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid prior to seeking an exemption.

Exemptions to the residency requirement are limited and each request will be carefully reviewed to ensure that they meet the exemption criteria.  To apply for an exemption from the residency requirement please complete the Residency Requirement Exemption Form. Applications for priority consideration are due November 1, 2021.

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