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On-Campus Residency Requirements

Students socializing in the D'Youville Academic Center

National statistics show that students who live in residence halls tend to perform better academically, are more engaged on campus.

Students who share a living space and develop their own community receive integral psychological development and valuable life skills. These skills include conflict resolution, adaptability, respect, compromise, and accepting the ideas and worth of those from diverse backgrounds.  

Studies also show that students who live in residence halls also acclimate more rapidly to the collegiate environment and are more satisfied with their overall experience.  

Incoming students in the physician assistant and occupational therapy programs are required to live on campus for the first two years of study.

First-Year Housing Policy Exceptions

The only exceptions to the residency requirement are as follow: 

  • Students commuting less than 30 miles from their parent or legal guardian’s permanent home address. 
  • Transfer students with junior or senior status based on accepted credit transfer. 
  • Married students (with proof of marriage certificate). 
  • Veterans (with proof of military service). 
  • Students who show proof of independent standing by maintaining financial independence for at least two years prior. 
  • Students who have dependent children. 
  • Students who are under the age of 16, or older than 24 years of age, before September 1 of the current academic year.  
  • The student has a medical housing need that cannot be reasonably accommodated by the College. 
  • Students coming from abroad.

Students who do not have an exception to the residency requirement but feel as though their personal circumstances are extenuating and require them to reside off campus will need to appeal, in writing, to the Director of Residence Life. 

Residency Requirement Appeals

Appeals to reside off campus will need to include the following information: 

  • The reason the student needs to reside off campus. 
  • The address and property type where the student plans to reside. 
  • The sustainable transportation the student plans to use to commute to campus. 
  • The time management plan the student has in place to ensure academic success.  

Appeals to reside off campus will be considered on a holistic basis and a decision will be made and delivered to the student within five business days. Appeals to reside off campus cannot be submitted after the start of the academic semester. 

2020 Residency Requirements

Residence Life is an extension of the educational services provided by D’Youville College. Students who share a living space and develop their own community receive integral psychological development and valuable life skills. These skills include conflict resolution, adaptability, respect, compromise, and accepting the ideas and worth of those from diverse backgrounds. 

Our Living-Learning Communities are derived from national statistics that show students who live in residence halls tend to perform better academically, acclimate more rapidly to the collegiate environment, engage in more developmental opportunities and are more satisfied with their overall experience.

Students looking for a way to connect with like-minded peers will also have the opportunity to join a themed living community on campus. Traditional community themes include leadership development and social justice but students are also able to work with staff on creating new themes for the year – athletics, urban exploration, health and wellness, eSports. Bring your passion and join others with similar interests!

D'Youville requires all incoming students in the physician assistant and occupational therapy programs ot live on campus for the first two years of study. Students who wish to speak about a possible exception to living in one of our communities should contact the Office of Residence Life to discuss their personal circumstances and acquire more information.

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Requirements & Policy (PDF)