Residency Requirements

Living in a residence hall is an important factor in the process of both social and academic growth. Residence halls foster a living-learning environment where students can develop interpersonal skills and intercultural understanding among students with diverse backgrounds. Pacific University considers residence hall community living as one of the most valuable learning experiences of a student’s educational career.

Pacific University requires all students under 20 years old prior to the beginning of the fall term to live and board on-campus unless the student has fulfilled the University's two-year residency requirement. All students who sign a Housing Contract and move into housing are required to live and board on campus for the duration of the contract terms (full academic year).

Students under 18 years old prior to moving into housing are required to sign an additional contract.


Residency Waiver Information

The Residency Options Committee reviews received applications once a month. The student is notified via their Pacific email account if the request is approved or denied.


Possible exemptions include: being married, having a dependent child or living with an immediate family member (must be a parent, sibling, or legal guardian). Requires legal proof of residence, which must be within 20 miles for the 2014-15 academic year.

Please Note: The mileage exemption to live at home is not an option once the Housing Contract period begins.


Maintaining Housing Eligibility:

Residents of campus housing must maintain the following eligibility requirements:

  1. They are enrolled at Pacific University for at least 12 credit hours per semester.
  2. They are in good standing with the Business Office on the day of registration for each term or prior to the assignment of a space.

Students may drop below the required credits for one semester if they gain approval by petition to the Department of Housing.


Residence Halls Age Requirements:

Clark Hall, McCormick Hall, New Hall, or Walter Hall:

These residence halls are generally for students 18 years old and older prior to the start of the Fall term.


Burlingham Hall or Gilbert Hall:

These residence halls are for students that are 19 years old and older prior to the start of the Fall term or have fulfilled one-year of the two-year residency requirement.

Vandervelden Court:

This residence hall is for students that are 20 years old and older prior to the start of the Fall term or have fulfilled two-years of the two-year residency requirement.


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