The University of Alabama is committed to providing all of its students with a comprehensive educational experience. In 2006, UA established the Freshman Residency Program which requires that all first time, full-time students live on campus for the entirety of their first year.
In accordance with the residency requirement, all full-time freshman students must live on campus unless they meet at least one of the following criteria for exemption:
The exemption review committee will meet to review exemption requests that do not meet the above criteria. Other criteria considered by the committee include:
Freshman residency exemptions are not granted automatically. Each is considered as it is submitted. Generally, HRC will notify students whether the exemption is granted in 2-4 weeks (processing time vary due to holidays/University closings).
To access the exemption request form, students must log in to their myBama account. While on the Home tab, select “Housing Exemption Request Form” from the right column titled ““Currently on myBama” under the “Campus Housing” header.