UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

2 Year Residency Requirement

2-Year Residency Requirement

The Department of Residence Life at UWRF enforces the UW-System 2-year live on campus residency requirement. This policy is in effect for all first and second year students who do not meet the below residence hall exemption criteria. Exemptions/exception to the policy are clearly explained below and in our UWRF Residence Hall Contract.


Exemptions to the 2-Year Residency Requirement

You are not subject to the 2-year residency requirement if...

For the semester you want to live off-campus...

  • You will be at least 21 years old as of the first day of classes for that semester
  • -OR- You will have completed at least 4 part time or full time fall/spring semesters at a college post-high school as of the first day of classes for that semester
    (For fall/spring semesters taken at a non-UWRF college, email reslife@uwrf.edumail)
Special Requests for Exemption to the 2-Year Requirement

Special Requests for Exemption to the 2-Year Live On Campus Requirement

All required documentation must accompany special requests for exemption.

  • I am commuting from the home of a parent or legal guardian
    - Submit a notarized Commuter Application Form. Provide supporting documentation, if living with legal guardian
  • I am a veteran (2+ years active duty)
    I am married
    I am a parent
    I have an extreme circumstance that warrants special exemption
    - Submit the Residency Exemption Request Form with supporting documentation
  • I have transfer credits and will have completed a combined total of four part-time or full-time fall or spring semesters at UWRF or another campus after my high school graduation
    - Email reslife@uwrf.edumail
Not Valid Reasons for Exemption to the 2-Year Requirement

The Following are NOT Valid Reasons for an Exemption to the 2-Year Requirement

  • I have 59.5 credits, but have not yet completed 4 fall/spring college terms post-high school.
  • I have a lease off campus.
  • I will be living with a brother/sister/aunt/uncle/friend/etc... off campus.
  • I will be 21 years old soon after the semester begins.
  • I will be living in a fraternity/sorority house.

If you Violate the 2-Year Requirement

Violations of the 2-Year Live On Campus Requirement

  • You will be required to pay for a room both on-campus and off-campus. In addition, a hold could be placed on your student records. For details, see our Moving Out web page.