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Two-Year Live-On Requirement and Contract Release

Two-Year Live-On Requirement and Contract Release

The 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. 

  • Students may request to be released from both live-on and meal plan requirements, provided that students make such requests in writing well in advance of the beginning of the quarter that they will be requesting the release for to avoid forfeiting deposits and/or housing fees. The Contract Release Committee, or its subcommittee, reviews such requests based on the following criteria:
  1. The student will be living during the academic year at their family/guardian's permanent residence within a 45-mile radius of campus;
  2. The student provides documentation proving that living in university housing would negatively impact a student's health condition;
  3. The student is facing unplanned and unpredicted financial challenges; or,
  4. The student is a transfer student who lived in university housing for two years at the previous university/universities they attended.
  5. Students who provide documentation that they are legally married or in a legal civil union, students who are 21 years of age or older before the residence halls open for the fall quarter, and students who have children are not required to live in university housing.
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 Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence 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
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.

Requesting Release from Housing or Meal Plan

Students are required to meet with a Housing staff member to begin the contract release process. Students can call, email or visit the Housing main office to make an appointment.The Housing main office is located in Nagel 136. Normal business hours are Monday through Fridays from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

  1. Schedule a time to meet with a Housing staff member.
  2. Download the appropriate PDF form.
  3. Print and Complete the form in its entirety. Incomplete forms will not be processed.
  4. Attach supporting documentation. 
  5. Turn in all documentation in person or by email.
  6. Contact us at [email protected] for any questions or concerns.
  7. 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.


2019-2020 Forms:

  • Live at Home (Deadline for Winter 2020 is Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12 am MST)
    • When a petition to live at home is approved, the Office of Financial Aid will adjust your Cost of Attendance to reflect the lower cost of living at home. For this reason, a successful petition to live at home with your parents could decrease your eligibility for need-based aid, resulting in a reduction to your financial aid award package. Before making the decision to live at home with you parents, please contact Financial Aid to determine how it will affect your financial aid award.
  • Special (Deadline for Winter 2020 is Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12 am MST)
  • Financial - Forms are accepted on a rolling basis. However, students who submit their forms after the first Thursday of each quarter will be charged a prorated amount for their housing and/or meal plan if their request is approved.
  • Medical - Instructions and the form for the medical release process can be found on the Disability Services Program website.