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Two-Year Live-On Requirement and Contract Release

Two-Year Live-On Requirement and Contract Release

Two-Year Live-on Requirement

The two-year live-on requirement is a commitment between the undergraduate students and the University of Denver to enhance the students' experience and success. This commitment requires students to live on campus and have a meal plan for two years.

Reasons for the two-year live-on requirement

The University believes that students who live on-campus are more likely to stay enrolled, graduate on time, and feel connected to the campus community. In support of this commitment the Student Life Division has focused time and energy into campus resources to ensure student success. Research shows that living on campus has several positive outcomes that help students developmentally. Empirical research reveals seven areas in which residence halls have a significant impact on students (Blimling, 2003):

  1. Retention - They have greater expectations for academic achievement and are more likely to remain in college.
  2. Extracurricular involvement - More involved in campus activities. Students learn to work with others, manage budgets, express their ideas in meetings, negotiate with others, and follow through with projects.
  3. Positive feelings about campus social climate. Students feel that the campus is more comfortable, more academic, more supportive, and more enjoyable.
  4. Personal growth and development - Students meet more challenges, mature more quickly and learn to become interdependent.
  5. Interpersonal relationships - Students build strong friendships and share more experiences. They interact more, develop more tolerance, and experience more cultural diversity.
  6. Faculty interaction - Students have more contacts with faculty both in the residence halls and due to closer proximity to faculty offices.
  7. Higher overall satisfaction with their college experience.
Fulfilling the Two-Year Live-On Requirement

The two-year live-on requirement is fulfilled by the following criteria:

  • If the student has completed two full years of attendance at the University of Denver or another accredited post-secondary institution before the residence halls open for fall quarter. For example, a transfer student who has attended another accredited institution for at least two years is exempt from the live-in requirement. Experience must be at an institution of higher education and does not include high school concurrent enrollment or boarding school experience.
  • If the student is 21 years of age or older before to the residence halls open for fall quarter.
  • If the student is legally married or in a legal civil union. We require a notarized copy of your official marriage or civil union documentation.
  • English Language Center (ELC) and English Conditional Admit (ECA) students, please see specific information about housing availability and requirements for your programs here.

Criteria for Release through the Request Process

  • Live at home with parents or legal guardians whose permanent home address is within 45 miles of campus.
  • Medical Accommodation based on supporting  documentation. 
  • Financial Duress based on change in financial situation. 
  • Special Situations that do not fall under any of the previous categories. 

Requesting Release from Housing or Meal Plan

  • Download the appropriate PDF release (below). 
  • Print and Complete the form in its entirety. Incomplete forms will not be processed.
  • Attach supporting documentation. 
  • Turn in all documentation in person to the HRE Front Desk in Nagel Hall, between 8am-4:30pm, Mondays-Fridays. 
  • Contact us at for any questions. 
  • Students receive decisions via e-mail within 7 business days. Students filling a medical release will receive a decision within 2 business days of the committee meeting, which occurs during the second week of each month.