PLEASE NOTE: Non-local service area students must be approved for exemption or complete the housing application process in order to register for orientation.
Students must complete the Housing Exemption request for the Fall semester if they are seeking an exemption from the Freshman Live-On Requirement.
Requests must include all supporting documentation; in order for the request to be considered, all required documentation must be submitted by the deadline. Incomplete requests will not be considered.
All requests will be reviewed within 5-7 business days; students will be notified of their approval status via the email address provided on the request.
Students may be required to speak with a Housing representative to inquire about options available.
If the exemption request is approved, the registration hold will be lifted from the student’s account and he/she will be able to register for New Student Orientation and classes.
If the exemption is denied, the student will be notified required to complete a housing lease agreement within 10 business days or request an appeal.
The following are acceptable reasons for a housing exemption so long as the proper supporting documentation is submitted and approved.
NOTE: Please delete or remove Social Security Numbers from any documents prior to submitting them.
First time freshmen from Outside the CSUSM Local Service Area are required to live in on-campus or campus affiliated housing for their first year. Students who wish to request an exemption from this requirement should complete the information notated in the form by following the link below and submit this form with all applicable documentation as outlined below. First time freshmen who will be 21 on or before the first day of fall semester do not need to apply for an exemption and will be automatically exempted based on the birth date year listed on their student records. Students that will be living at home with parent or legal guardian during their entire freshman year must complete applicable section below. Local service area and outside local service area is defined by the high school you attend and is outlined on the Admissions website.