Exemption Requests

All incoming first-time freshmen from outside SDSU’s local admission area are required to live on campus their freshman and sophomore years.

Requests for exemption from the requirement will be considered. To apply for an exemption, complete the Exemption Request Form. Exemption requests may be emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 619-594-6202. Please select and provide supporting documentation for each status that applies. Requests received without documentation will not be considered.

To ensure timely consideration, requests should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the Intent to Enroll deadline. Only one exemption request submission is allowed unless circumstances have substantively changed and now meet the exemption criteria. 

The Office of Housing Administration (OHA) will evaluate the exemption request and documentation and determine whether or not an exemption will be granted. Students will be notified of the exemption request decision via both USPS mail and their email provided in WebPortal. Students who have their exemption request denied will have 14 days from the date of the denial to file an appeal to the Live-On Exemption Review Committee (LERC). Appeal letters may be emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 619-594-6202. Students will be notified of the exemption request appeal decision via both USPS mail and their email provided in WebPortal. 

It is highly recommended that students do not sign a lease or contract for off-campus living accommodations until after they are notified of a decision regarding the exemption. Students will not be released from a legally binding contract with the university because they have signed another lease. 

Exemption Criteria and Required Documentation

Married/Domestic Partnership and/or with Legally Dependent Children 

Copy of the marriage certificate, domestic partnership agreement and/or child's birth certificate and proof of child custody are required.

Limited Credit Student 

Students carrying six credit hours or less per semester for the entire academic year may be granted an exemption. If seven credit hours or more per semester are attempted during subsequent semesters or during a subsequent semester during the academic year in which the student received the exemption, the student will be required to live in university housing. Documentation is necessary in each case.

Medical and Disability Circumstances 

Exemption requests for medical or disability reasons must be submitted as early as possible with required documentation to the Student Ability Success Center (SASC). SASC will notify the Office of Housing Administration of their recommendation. 

Financial Hardship 

Documentation is required that indicates a reasonable expectation that a school loan submitted by student and/or parent will be denied (e.g., recent bankruptcy filing or bank foreclosure documentation). Events must have taken place in the current tax year.

Age 21 or Older 

Students who are first-time freshmen and are 21 years old or older before the first day of classes may be granted an exemption.


In a very limited number of cases, where it can be conclusively demonstrated that special circumstances exist which would create a substantial personal hardship. Documentation of the special circumstances will be required. Personal statements are not acceptable documentation.  

Exemption Request Form

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