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Live-On Exemption Request

Requests for exemption from the requirement will be considered. To apply for an exemption, download and complete the Exemption Request Form at the bottom of this page. Be sure to include all required documentation.

Once you have received and completed the Live-On Requirement Request Form, please also complete the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) form in your WebPortal under Privacy Settings if you want to allow us to speak to your parents or others about your housing account.

Be sure to include all required documentation. Documents can be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to the Office of Housing Administration - see contact information below:

Mailing address: 
Live-On Requirement Exemption Request
San Diego State University
Office of Housing Administration
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1802

Fax number: 619-594-6202

Email address: [email protected]

Exemption requests will only be considered for those students who have been admitted to San Diego State University. To ensure timely consideration, requests must be submitted to the Office of Housing Administration no later than 30 days prior to the Intent to Enroll date for normally admitted students. For students admitted after the Intent to Enroll deadline, the exemption request must be made prior to occupancy, or the first day of enrollment, whichever comes first.  Only one exemption request submission is allowed unless your circumstances have substantively changed and now meet the exemption criteria. Please select and provide supporting documentation for each status that applies to you. Requests received without documentation will not be considered.

The Office of Housing Administration (OHA) will evaluate your 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 can be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to the Office of Housing Administration - see contact information above.

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 you do not sign a lease or contract for off-campus living accommodations until after you are notified of a decision regarding your exemption.  You will not be released from a legally binding contract with the University because you 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 (6) credit hours or less per semester for the entire academic year may be granted an exemption. If seven (7) 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) (formerly knon as Student Disability Services office) (SDS). 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. 

Download the Exemption Request Form 

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