Housing & Residence Life

UNCW Freshmen On-Campus Housing Requirement

Move-in Day Beginning Fall 2016, students that are classified as new, full-time freshmen are required to live in on-campus housing for their first academic year. At UNCW, academic and student success comes first. We know through many decades of research students who reside on-campus:

  • Make a smoother transition to collegiate life
  • Achieve higher grade point averages
  • Develop strong friendships and a love of place
  • Persist and graduate at higher rates

Who Qualifies as a "New, Full-time Freshman?"

All students who have been accepted immediately after graduating high school and are enrolled full-time at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

  • Students first enrolling in the summer as a freshman are required to live in campus housing during the summer, fall, and spring semesters.
  • Students first enrolling in the fall as a freshman are required to live in the campus housing during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Students first enrolling in the spring semester as a freshman (FYSA) have the option to reside on campus if space is available.
Residence Hall room

Exceptions

Students who feel they meet one or more of the exceptions listed, and wish to have the Freshmen On-Campus Housing Requirement waived, should follow the instructions below for a written appeal.

  • Students who are over the age of 21 or under the age of 17 by the 1st day of class.
  • Students may request an exception if they have active duty service in the United States Military.
  • Students who have legal dependents.
  • Students who are legally married.
  • Students who live in New Hanover, Pender or Brunswick counties and reside with their legal guardians will be granted an automatic exception and no additional paperwork is required. Students living with non-legal guardians such as: grandparents, aunts/uncles, cousins, brothers/sisters, family owned homes, etc. will not qualify for the exception.
  • Students with disabilities for whom off campus housing options are necessary for maintaining reasonable health and general safety. Those requests with supporting documentation should be made directly to the Disability Resource Center, for more information call 910-962-7555 or www.uncw.edu/disability
    The Department of Housing and Residence Life may make additional exceptions should occupancy considerations warrant, and will request verification documents for any of the above exceptions.

A copy of the Freshman On-Campus Residency Requirement policy is provided in this handout.

Waiver of Freshmen On-Campus Housing Requirement

Students who feel they meet one or more of the exceptions listed below, and wish to have the Freshmen On-Campus Housing Requirement waived, should follow the instructions for a written appeal.

  1. Fall under one or more of the exemption categories listed above.
  2. File a formal request for a residency waiver (see appeal form)
  3. Provide requisite information and documentation in support of the request.

Send requests and supporting documentation by May 1, 2018 to the following address:
UNCW Office of Housing and Residence Life
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28405-5959

Appeals received after May 1st will be considered on a case by case basis.

Violations

At any point a violation of the Residency Policy is discovered, the student will be charged for one full-semester of housing. The student will then be referred to the Office of Dean of Students for additional sanctioning, which may include a requirement to move onto campus.

Questions regarding this requirement should be directed to the Office of Housing and Residence Life. 910-962-3241 or housing@uncw.edu