Living on Campus

Washburn University requires first-year, first-time students to live on campus to provide better access to campus resources and improve students' opportunities for success.

College is more than what you learn in the classroom - it is also about relationships and experiences. At Washburn University, you'll have the opportunity to discuss ideas one-on-one with faculty members, study with friends, join a student organization (or two, three, etc.) and cheer on our athletics teams. You'll find a campus that supports your academic and co-curricular goals. When you live on campus, you are directly connected to opportunities that help you build a full college experience.

We also know, through national data and tracking our students' performance, that living on campus helps you in the classroom. Students who live on campus for their freshman year average higher GPAs and have a higher graduation rate than their peers living off campus.

Housing Exemptions

Washburn recognizes that there may be certain circumstances for which a student is better suited to live off campus. Students may apply for a housing exemption by completing the exemption request on the Housing Portal in MyWashburn.

Washburn University requires first-year, full-time students to live on campus to provide better access to campus resources and improve students’ opportunities for success. This requirement is known as a residency requirement. Residential Living recognizes that there may be certain circumstances for which a student is better suited to live off-campus. Students may choose to go through the process to request to be exempt from the residency requirement.

The exemption process for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year will open March 1, 2020 and close on July 31, 2020. The forms needed to submit an exemption will no longer be available online. Following the instructions below, students will log on to the Housing Portal. From there, they will be able to choose whether to complete a housing application or go through the exemption process. If a student opts to select the exemption route, then they will be directed to select what type of exemption they intend to complete. Information about the different types of exemptions is provided. Once a student selects the type of exemption they would like to pursue, the system will prompt the Residential Living Office to email the appropriate form to the student directly.

The Residential Living Main Office Staff evaluated the efficiency of last year’s exemption process and identified ways that we could better serve our students. The process I describe above is reflective of our team’s effort to improve how exemptions are processed. Updates to the Residency Requirement Guidebook are currently being made and will be available by early February. If you have any further questions, please contact the Residential Living Main Office at 785-670-1065 or resliving@washburn.edu

 

Sincerely,

Main Office Staff

 

Directions to Housing Portal
  • Student must log on to their MyWashburn Account
  • Select the Student Life tab
  • The Residential Living section will direct students to the housing portal.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Housing and Dining

Housing and Dining
Washburn Residential Living Office
Living Learning Center
1801 SW Jewell Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone & Email
(785) 670-1065
Fax : (785) 670-1186
resliving@washburn.edu

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