Residential Living Requirement

Since it was founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has been committed to the education of the whole person. For this reason, the residential experience is considered an integral part of your education. Research shows that students who are engaged in a campus residential community have a more productive, and ultimately more satisfying, college experience than those who live off campus.

A two-year guarantee of six consecutive academic quarters of housing is given to first-time freshmen. SPU encourages students to live on campus subsequent quarters as space is available. The Residential Living Requirement is evaluated yearly to support the residential experience, as well as respond to housing demand.

For the 2020–21 academic year, students are required to live on campus unless:

  • They graduated from high school two or more years prior to the start of the academic year. 
  • They live at home with their parent(s), legal guardian(s), spouse, or dependent children.
  • They are graduate students.
  • They are enrolled for eight or fewer credits.

If you are living at home with a parent, legal guardian, spouse, or dependent child or if you believe you have an exceptional situation that warrants special consideration, you may complete the Residential Living Exemption form in the housing portal. Exceptions are rare. Any student living off campus without the approval of Residence Life will incur a fine and will not be permitted to register until he or she is in compliance.

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