First-year and transfer students must live in on-campus housing for two semesters, summer semester excluded, unless they meet any of the following criteria:

Students who:

  • Will be living with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Will be 20 years of age on the 1st day of classes of the Fall semester.
  • Are married.
  • Are a military veteran with one or more year of active service.
  • Will be taking six or less credits starting the fall semester.

If any the above criteria apply to you, you are automatically approved to live off campus. To register as an automatic qualifier, please complete Step 1 of the Housing Exception Application.

NOTE: Failure to adhere to the on-campus housing requirement may result in termination of enrollment.


If the above criteria do not apply to you, the application for an exception begins with Step 1 of the Housing Exception Application. Once Step 1 is completed, those who do not meet the automatic exception criteria will be sent a link to complete Step 2 of the Housing Exception Application.

Please note that exceptions are only granted in rare circumstances (e.g., document extreme financial or medical need), or when a transfer student has already lived on campus for two semesters at their previous institution.

To apply for an exception, please click on the following link: Housing Exception Application.

If you are a registered MSU student who is living in on-campus housing and would like to apply to be released from your housing contract for the current semester, you will need to fill out the Apartment and Residence Hall Contract Release Application with MSU Residence and Housing Education Services (REHS).  To find this form go to https://liveon.msu.edu/Documents and click on “Residence Hall/Apartment Contract/Lease Release Application”.  Any questions regarding this procedure can be directed to liveon@msu.edu or by calling 517-884-5483 or toll free 1-877-954-8366.

NOTE: Religious reasons alone are insufficient to grant an exception.