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On-Campus Residency Requirement

Living in a residence hall gives you a head-start on your path to success. 

There are many reasons why WVU has an on-campus residency requirement for first-time freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 24 credit hours. Here are just a few:
  • Studies have shown that students who live on-campus get better grades and are more likely to graduate in 4 years. 
  • You will develop friendships and help build a community with students who live next door, down the hall or on the floor below. 
  • You'll meet people from across the country and around the world and learn about them, and their cultures — and maybe more about yourself, too. 
  • Convenience is key — we'll take care of all the details so you can focus on schoolwork and being the best Mountaineer you can be. 
  • You'll have extra time because you won't be driving around campus and searching for the perfect parking spot — residence halls are steps away from PRT stations and Mountain Line bus stops. 
So what does the on-campus residency requirement mean for you? 


All students classified as first-time freshmen or transfer students with fewer than 24 transferrable college credit hours are required to live in a West Virginia University residence hall for a full academic year (August - May). 

If a student's first academic term is the spring semester, the student must live in a residence hall the following academic year as well (August - May). 

Transferrable credits that are high school dual enrollment do not count toward the hours required for an exception. 

Limited exceptions apply, after being verified, and are listed below. Please note that exceptions will not be granted for students requesting to live with a sibling or a relative. 

  • Commute from a permanent home address within a 50-mile radius of Morgantown
  • Married students
  • Custodial parent of a dependent child
  • Student has one year of active-duty military service
  • Will have reached their 21st birthday by September 1 of the fall semester in their first year on campus

Planning or proposing to live with a sibling or other relative does not qualify you as a commuter student.

To be considered a commuter student:

  • Your permanent address (at the time of admission to WVU) must be with your parent(s)/guardian and within a 50-mile radius of Morgantown 
  • The address you are claiming must be in the same county as the high school from which you are graduating

When completing the application on-line, if you are eligible to commute, a commuting option will appear on your application. Simply check that box. It is important that we have you listed as a commuter in our system so that you receive messaging that is just for you. 


These are defined as students age 24 or older, those at the graduate-student level or married students. Nontraditional students or faculty and staff seeking housing may find a home at one of our University Apartments.

Visit the Off-Campus Housing Office for more info.

If you have any questions, please contact us.