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.

Duration of Requirement

  • Students first enrolling in the summer are required to live in the residence halls during the summer, fall, and spring semesters.
  • Students first enrolling in the fall are required to live in the residence halls during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Students first enrolling in the spring are required to live in the residence halls during the spring semester.

Exemptions

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:

  • Are living with lineal relatives (parent, grandparent) or legal guardian and commuting from their residence within a reasonable distance (60 miles) of UA.
  • Are living in Tuscaloosa property owned by a parent (proof of ownership required).

The exemption review committee will meet to review exemption requests that do not meet the above criteria. Other criteria considered by the committee include:

  • Are a military veteran.
  • Are married and/or have dependent children in residence.
  • Have a compelling individual circumstance (committee will review these requests).

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).

Apply for Exemption

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.