UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Residence Hall Contract & Rates

2 Year Residency Policy

Per UW-System and UWRF policy, all first- and second-year students are required to live in university residence halls.

Students who are age 21+ or whose high school graduation date is two years prior to the first day of classes are not required to live on campus.

2021-22 Academic Year

  • September 2, 2021: semester of enrollment begins for students starting fall semester
  • January 24, 2022: semester of enrollment begins for students enrolling in spring semester only

Violations of the Residency Policy

Enrolled students who do not comply with this policy or who have not received exemption status will be charged the cost of a traditional double room. The student will receive an email from Residence Life indicating that the residence hall charges will be added to their student account.

2 Year Residency Policy: Exemption Requests  
May be requested when:
  1. The semester of enrollment has not begun; and
  2. You meet one of more of the following criteria:
    1. You are a veteran or have 2 years active military duty,
    2. You are married
    3. You are a parent
    4. You live with a parent or legal guardian and will commute daily from their residence which is within one of the approved zip codes or within 40 miles of UWRF
    5. You have an extreme personal hardship
    6. You have an extreme financial hardship
    7. All of your Fall or Spring classes are online.
Process:
  1. Submit a Residence Policy Exemption Request form and any required documentation to Residence Life.
  2. You will receive a response via your UWRF email only after your request and required documentation have been received.
  3. Appeal requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Residence Life and emailed to reslife@uwrf.edu.

 

Commuter Policy

Students may commute if:

  1. They will be residing with a parent/legal guardian, and
  2. The address is within one of the zip codes listed below, or within 40 miles of campus (410 S. 3rd St. River Falls, WI 54022), according to Google Maps.

Wisconsin:
54002, 54003, 54007, 54011, 54013, 54014, 54015, 54016, 54017, 54021, 54022, 54023, 54025, 54026, 54027, 54028, 54082, 54723, 54734, 54740, 54749, 54750, 54761, 54767, 54769

Minnesota:
55001, 55003, 55009, 55016, 55024, 55026, 55027, 55031, 55033, 55042, 55043, 55047, 55055, 55065, 55066, 55068, 55071, 55075, 55076, 55077, 55082, 55083, 55085, 55089, 55090, 55101, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55109, 55110, 55113, 55115, 55116, 55117, 55118, 55119, 55120, 55121, 55123, 55123, 55127, 55128, 55129, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55146, 55150, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55170, 55175

Students who have moved into the halls for the academic year are required to fulfill the full duration of their signed Residence Hall Contract and are not eligible to commute until the duration of that contract is fulfilled. Submission of an exemption form does not imply nor guarantee that the request will be granted; students should assume their request has not been granted unless they have received written confirmation from Residence Life. 

Students who have not been officially granted commuter status are cautioned not to make arrangements to commute from the address of their parent(s)/legal guardian, as they may not receive commuter status.

Common Situations and Reasons Exemption Requests Would Be Denied

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Residence hall living is a new experience for most students and requires a certain amount of adjustment. If a student has made a fair adjustment to the hall environment, but is still unhappy; a change of hall, room, floor, or roommate may be an effective remedy. Residence hall staff are available to work with residents individually to find a solution if a specific issue continues to be a problem or concern.

Even with doucmentation from a doctor or therapist, most conditions do not automatically exempt students from policy and contract obligations. Specifric health-related conditions and needs must be outlined by a medial or mental health professional. We will work with students individually to make residence hall rooms environmentally and health-friendly.

Requests based on disability require students to identifyt and discuss with Reisdence LIfe staff the specific areas of conern and issues they are experiencing in the living environment. Through this process, the student and staff member will explore access solutions. Residence LIfe works collaboratively with the Ability Services office to meet students' disability-related needs.

Lack of funds alone is not a basis for exemption or contract termination. Finances for the academic year should be considered before choosing to enroll at the University or activating the residence hall contract. Financial aid is available to those who qualify based on need, and Residence Life relies on the expertise of the Financial Aid Office to determine if a student has sufficient financial aid and other funding options to attend UWRF. Financial hardship means there has been a significant change in your financial situation that cannot be rectified.

Needing to be at home to help with a family business, take care of siblings or other family members, or take care of pets or other animals is not a reason for an exemption or contract termination. The student, along with their family, must explore alternative solutions to accommodate these neeeds.

The choice to commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian must be made before activation of the residence hall contract. Students who are eligible to commute from the home of their parent or guardian must submit their request and be approved before the start of the academic year.

The commuter exemption does not allow for living with siblings, grandparents, other relatives, or a partner/significant other.

A contract termination will not be granted for a student who wants to become a commuter after the start of the academic year.

Pets are not allowed in the residence halls, but if a student has a documented need for an emotional support animal, they will need to go through the housing accommodation process. Students are encouraged to review materials available on the Ability Services website before starting the request process to ensure they qualify for an emotional support animal accommodation.

Online Learner Exemption Request

Students may request to be an online learner if:

  1. They are registered for all online classes. These classes must be listed as online in eSIS (not hybrid or in-person), and
  2. Will be living with their parent/legal guardian, and
  3. Completed and returned the Online Learner Exemption form by the first day of classes (Fall semester - September 2, 2021 and Spring semester - January 24, 2022).

Students who have moved into the halls for the academic year are required fto fulfill the full duration of their signed Residence Hall Contract and are not eligible for the Online Learner Exemption until the duration of that contract is fulfilled. Submission of an Online Learner Exemption form does not imply nor guarantee that the request will be granted; students should assume their request has not been granted unless they have received written confirmation from Residence Life.

Students who are approved for the Fall Online Learner Exemption will be required to live on campus for the spring semester unless they complete the Spring Online Learner Exemption form prior to the first day of spring classes.

Fall 2021 Online Learner Form

Contact Us

Department of Residence Life
reslife@uwrf.edu
715-425-4555
M-F, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
B3 East Hathorn Hall
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