2 Year Residency Policy

The Department of Residence Life administers the UW-System Board of Regent's policy requiring first year and sophomore students to live in University residence halls. This requirement does not apply to students who are 21 years of age or older or students who have completed a total of four semesters post high school graduation at UWRF or another campus. Students who are veterans, married, or living with parents or guardians within commuting distance can request exemption from this policy.

Commuter Policy

Students can request to commute if they live at their permanent address with parent(s) or a guardian within the approved commuting zip codes. The following are approved commutable zip codes.


54002, 54003, 54010, 54011, 54014, 54015, 54016, 54017, 54021, 54022, 54023, 54025, 54026, 54028, 54082, 54723, 54750, 54767


55001, 55003, 55009, 55016, 55033, 55042, 55043, 55055, 55066, 55071, 55082, 55083, 55085, 55089, 55090, 55101,  55106, 55115, 55119, 55125, 55128, 55129, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55146, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55168, 55169, 55170, 55171, 55172, 55175, 55187, 55188


The Commuter Form below must be submitted to the Department of Residence Life prior to the halls opening date for the first semester in which you want to commute.

Students who have moved into the halls for the academic year are not eligible to commute within that residence hall contract duration. Submission of a commuter form does not imply nor guarantee that the request will be granted; students should assume that their request has not been granted until written confirmation is received from the Department of Residence Life.

Students who have not been officially granted commuter status are cautioned not to make arrangements with outside housing providers as they may not receive commuter status. A mistake in this area may leave the student financially liable to both the college and an outside housing provider.

 Commuter Form >>

Requests for Exemption to the 2-Year Residency Policy

Requests for Exemption to the 2-Year Residency Policy

If one of the situations below applies to you, complete the Residency Exemption Request Form, check the appropriate box, and provide all necessary documentation specified on the form. Submit the form and accompanying documentation using one of the methods listed on the form.

Situations in which students may be considered for an exemption are as follows: 

  • Is living with parents or guardians whose home address falls within the approved commuting zip codes
    (see the "Commuter Policy" part of this page for more information)
  • Is married 
  • Is a veteran or have at least two years of active duty service with the military 
  • Is a parent 
  • Has completed 4 semesters of college at an institution post high school 
  • Has extenuating financial circumstance 

Other students who are seeking a medical/disability accommodation please visit our page:
Accommodation for Students with Disabilities or Medical Needs

Once your Residency Exemption Request Form and accompanying documentation are received they will be reviewed by the Department of Residence Life and you will be notified via your UWRF e-mail account regarding the outcome of your request.

Violations of Residency Policy

Violations of the Residency Policy

Requests for exemption and accompanying documentation must be submitted to the Department of Residence Life prior to the first day of classes for the semester in which exemption is being requested.  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 e-mail from Residence Life indicating that the residence hall charges will be added to their student account.