Freshman students (0-27 MSU credits) are required to live on campus in University owned housing for their first two semesters at MSU, 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 and can ignore the information below.

Any other freshman wanting to live off campus must be granted permission to live off campus in order to avoid being charged for University housing. Please note that exceptions will only be granted for those who can demonstrate extreme medical or financial need, or that they already lived on campus for two semesters (at MSU or elsewhere). To apply for an exception, please click on the following link: Housing Exception Application.

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