Residency Requirement & Exemption Process

The George Washington University requires all first-, second-, and third-year students to reside on campus unless they are approved for a Residency Exemption. Since 2006, GW has been in full compliance with the DC Zoning Commission Residency Policy and its stipulations on DC schools that require all first- and second-year students to reside in on-campus housing.  Several years ago, GW made an institutional policy to further require all third-years students to reside in on-campus housing.  Collectively, GW's residency requirement is intended to foster community development and best support the undergraduate experience at GW. 

For students eligible to apply for an exemption, the Residency Exemption Request Form for the 2019-2020 Academic Year will be available via GW Housing e-Services.

  • Rising 3rd-year students can sign up for an exemption. Details are listed below.
  • Rising 2nd-year students can apply for an exemption from January 23, 2019 - March 8, 2019. Supporting documentation must be uploaded at time of submission.
  • Incoming 1st-years students may apply beginning Tuesday April 16, 2019 and must submit Residency Exemption requests and documentation by May 12, 2019. 
  • Incoming 1st-year students need a GWID and have to claimed their NETID and password before the application is accessible. 
  • Newly admitted transfer students will be able to apply for an exemption throughout the summer.

As of 9:00am on 1/16/19, all 600 of the Third-Year Exemptions have been approved.  You should still fill out the form if you are interested in an exemption, because this is the only option for an exemption for rising third-year students.

If you have questions regarding the Residency Exemption Request process, please contact Kevin Gates at [email protected].

Residency Exemption Criteria

Student can apply for an exemption if they fit one of the following criteria:

Status Description Supporting Documentation
Commuter If the student, parent(s) or guardian(s), or other family member(s) live outside the Foggy Bottom/ West End area and within a commutable distance. For all students, this address needs be established prior to initial enrollment. A copy of any document that verifies the student's residence (i.e. utility bill, identification card, or lease agreement). If the student is residing with a guardian or family, they must explain their relationship with that individual.

 

Permanent Resident If the student, parent(s) or guardian(s), or other family member(s) live inside the Foggy Bottom/ West End area. For all students, this address needs be established prior to initial enrollment.  A copy of any document that verifies the student's residence (i.e. utility bill, identification card, or lease agreement). If the student is residing with a guardian or family, they must explain their relationship with that individual.
Married Students who are either married or in a civil partnership. A copy of a government-issued certificate recognizing the partnership (i.e. marriage license or domestic partnership certificate).
Disability Students with disabilities that cannot be accommodated with the residence hall living environment. Students must have registered with Disability Support Services (DSS) and received an accommodation recommendation for an exemption to be considered.  A student's condition must first meet the general eligibility criteria to request any accommodation as a student with an ADA recognized impairment. Review details on the Disability Support Services website

The DSS process can take several weeks.  You need to submit your request to DSS before the housing exemption deadline.
Religious Beliefs Students with religious beliefs that cannot be accommodated within the residence hall living environment. A personal statement explaining how the student's religious beliefs cannot be accommodated within the residence halls. An additional letter from a religious leader elaborating on the student's beliefs is required.
Veteran Students who are veterans of the armed forces who are 20 years of age or older at initial enrollment. A copy of any government-issued document verifying service.  I.E. certificate of release or discharge (DD-214), GI Bill certificate of eligibility, etc.. 

 

Exemption requests submitted during the Academic Year will be reviewed, but are rarely granted.  If a student fills out a Housing License Agreement and is assigned to housing, they are bound to the agreement and must live on campus. Students are not able to request an exemption from the residency requirement after receiving their housing assignment unless they have had a change in circumstances in one of the areas listed above.

Third-Year Residency Exemption Process

Third-Year Residency Exemption Request Process

All Rising third-year students who would like to live off-campus must submit an exemption request form during the third-year exemption request period. Students will receive exemptions on a first-come, first-serve basis up to 600 students. Students who request an exemption after this number has been reached will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if GW Housing is able to offer them an exemption. Rising third-year students will not be able to participate in the exemption process for first- and second-year students. 

  • The exemption request form will be available from Tuesday January 15, 2019 at 10:00am until Friday February 8, 2019 at 5:00pm.
  • The first 600 students to complete the form will be granted an exemption.
  • Participation in the exemption request process is voluntary.
  • Students must participate individually.
  • Students must submit the exemption request form via GW Housing e-Services.
  • Each student must complete an exemption request form.
  • Exemptions will be granted on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • If a student signs up for housing after being approved for an exemption, that student will be bound to the terms and conditions of the Housing License Agreement (HLA) for the 2019-2020 academic year and will not have an opportunity to use the exemption for the duration of the 2019-2020 contract.

If you have questions regarding the Residency Exemption Request process, please contact Kevin Gates at [email protected].