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Freshman Housing Policy

Statistics show that students who live in the residence halls receive higher GPA's, have a more successful transition from high school to college, make friends quicker, become more involved on campus, and have a higher overall satisfaction with their university experience.

Therefore, the university housing policy includes the requirement that until all available residence hall space is exhausted, all Eastern Illinois University students with less than 30 semester college credit hours earned after high school graduation (dual credits do not apply) are required to live in university-operated residence halls. Exception considerations are as follows:

  1. Students who have lived in a Residence Hall for 2 or more semesters (2 summer sessions are equal to one semester) as verified with record of prior residency.
  2. Students who are married as verified with a certified copy of the marriage license.
  3. Students who have attained their 21st birthday PRIOR to the beginning of the semester for which enrollment is sought as verified with EIU records.
  4. Students who live at home with their parents within a 50 mile radius as verified with notarized statement from parents.
  5. Students who, by reason of medical necessity, require special housing that cannot be provided by University Housing & Dining Services verified with a statement from your attending physician and approved by an EIU physician.

    Freshmen can live in 10 of the 11 residence halls

Waiver Form