Skip to main content
Skip to main content

Required Housing Policy & Exemptions

Required Housing PolicyRequired Housing Policy

Full time freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus.

The live-on experience that the Department of Housing & Residence Life is committed to providing, is an essential part of the educational experience at Western Kentucky University. All Students (unless otherwise exempted or who have chosen a different on-campus living accommodation) who have less than 60 credit hours earned, will be charged the lowest community style residence hall rate that HRL offers, which is $2,180 per semester. 

Exemptions to this policy include students who are:

  • Veterans of military service (181 days or more)

  • Married

  • The primary caregiver for dependent children

  • 21 years of age or older

  • Members of fraternities or sororities living in the chapter house (sophomores only)

  • Commuting from their parents' permanent home and primary residence (50 miles or less).

Requests for exemption based upon special circumstances (defined as unique and unusual) will also be considered.


Approved exemptions apply to the academic year or semester for which the request is made. Student should submit a request for exemption for each academic year or semester they are required to live on campus.


The burden of providing necessary documentation and evidence to support an exemption request rests with the student. Students, who have provided false information in an exemption request or fail to apply for housing per required housing policy, will be charged for housing each semester. Students may also be adjudicated for violating the student code of conduct for providing false information.


Other Exceptions:

The required housing policy outlined above is effective April 17, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Any student who filed an exemption request prior to this date will be assessed a non-compliance fee of $1,000 per semester if their request was denied (which is consistent with the former policy). Unique circumstances will be reviewed and considered on an individual basis during this transition; please call (270)745-2100 for further information.

Exemption Forms

Fill out all that apply:

For all students applying for exemption: Required Housing Policy Exemption Form

For students commuting from home: Parent/Guardian Statement for Commuters

For students living on campus and moving out at any point during the academic year: Contract Termination Fee Exemption Form

Questions? Contact Us:

Phone: (270) 745-4359



Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 Last Modified 7/19/17