Housing and Residence Life

Living on campus is more than just your college setting — it marks the beginning of the next phase of your journey. And at 51Թ, you’ll live in comfort and flourish as a member of the Husky Family.

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The heartbeat of the Husky Nation? You’ll find it right here in our on-campus communities. From the excitement of move-in day for a new freshman to the grit and determination of a senior excited to finish their degree and start a successful career, you’ll feel it everywhere. That’s why we believe living on campus is an important and exciting part of the college experience and why our residential communities are built to encourage academic success, personal growth, inclusivity, and of course fun. From the day you move in you’ll find yourself immersed in the Husky Life and all it has to offer.

At 51Թ, our communities offer diverse, convenient, safe and supportive environments to live and learn as well as providing an unmatched opportunity for you to get involved, stay active and achieve personal growth – studies show you may even do better academically too. 

Your college experience will be more successful the more you actively participate in our campus community and with hundreds of social, recreational and 51Թal programs and events right outside your door, you’ll find by living on campus there’s no better way to meet new people, share experiences and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Residency Requirement

All full-time undergraduate students are required by Commonwealth University to live in University housing for their first four semesters (not including summer and winter sessions) with the following general exceptions. The residency requirement also applies to readmitted students and transfer students who have not completed two years of on-campus residency at another university post-high school.

  1. Students who reside with their parent or legal guardian within 30 miles of campus
  2. Married students
  3. Students who are 21 years of age or older by before the first day of classes for the fall semester
  4. Students who are the parent or legal guardian of dependent child
  5. Transfer students who have attended another university and lived on-campus for 4 semesters and have earned 60 or more credits
  6. Students who have received a general discharge under honorable conditions from U.S. Military service
  7. Students whose recommended accommodation from University Disability Services supports living off campus
  8. Students who are officially withdrawing or transferring from the university
  9. Students who are transferring to Commonwealth University's Lock Haven or Mansfield campus

Students who meet one of these exceptions must submit a Housing Exemption Request form to request an exemption. You will not be exempt unless you receive an approval notice from the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

As part of the 2-year residency requirement, you will complete a new housing agreement for the following year and will have the opportunity to select your specific housing location during the housing selection process.

Why a 2-year requirement? With the success of our students at the forefront of this decision, the plan is rooted in data relating to student success, access to support services, and offers a transition and more healthy pathway toward life after college.

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MyHousing Self-Service

Your Housing Portal

MyHousing Self-Service is your online portal for managing your housing and dining at 51Թ University.

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Make it your home

Your college experience is personal and will be what you make it. Find your place in on-campus housing and start living the Husky Life!

Learning Community

Live and Learn Together

Learning Communities foster an inclusive environment where students with similar majors, interests and goals are afforded rich and varied student learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom.

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Apartment complex communities
Traditional residence hall buildings
On-campus residents