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Living Off Campus

Our Mission 

The mission of Residence Life and Housing at Hampshire College is to support and complement the academic environment, with the goal of creating a holistic environment that encourages collaboration, connections, learning, and personal growth. We ensure the social, emotional, and physical well being of each resident while fostering diverse, socially just, and inclusive communities. Residence Life promotes the skills necessary for students to become engaged participants in their communities, emphasizing both individual initiative and community responsibility. We accomplish this mission through ethical practices, intentional educations, advocacy, and example. We value connection, growth, social justice, and community.

 

Residential living is an essential component of the overall Hampshire College experience. Our live-in professional and student staff are eager to support you in your journey.

Hampshire College expects all students to live on campus throughout their tenure. Students seeking an exemption based on a demonstrated medical need for a living environment the College is unable to provide should contact the director of accessibility resources and services. If you feel you have a compelling need to live outside the Hampshire community we welcome you to submit an application; however, please be aware exceptions are rarely granted.

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Students who qualify as "automatically exempt" from the requirement of living on campus are:

  • Students who live with their parents within a 30-mile radius and commute
  • Students who are 25 years old or older
  • Students who are married or meet our domestic partnership criteria
  • Students who have dependent children living with them

These students should submit the off-campus application noting their automatic exemption.

 

 

Our off-campus policy is outlined in detail in the student handbook. Our procedures for granting exemptions are as follows:

  • Each year the housing operations office will determine how many new off-campus applications can be approved.
  • Students seeking to move off campus for the following year may apply at will (the application is available from mid-February through early April).
  • Students seeking to move off campus beginning in the middle of an academic year may submit the application, noting that off-campus spaces are usually filled by the beginning of the school year. Check the important dates and deadlines page for current semester deadlines.
  • Once students have been approved to live off campus, their status will not be changed officially until they supply the housing operations office with their new addresses and return keys to any on-campus residence (if applicable).
  • Once a student's status is changed to "off campus," it is assumed the student will be living off campus for the remainder of the time the individual is enrolled at Hampshire. Off-campus students will be accepted back to campus housing at any time. Students are responsible for informing the College of any changes of address that may have an effect on their financial aid packages.
  • Applications are reviewed by residence life and housing staff to determine eligibility for approval. Students will be notified via their Hampshire email accounts of their decisions.

 

Returning from Leave or Field Study 

Students returning from leave, field study, or exchange may apply for an exemption to the residency requirement while they are away by submitting the application. Any students who have previously been assigned to off-campus status will retain that status automatically, unless they file a request to return to campus housing form. More information is available on the returning from leave page.

 

Questions?

Check out the Living Off Campus FAQ or Contact the HOO!

Looking for Off-Campus Resources?

Find out about some resources the College and the area offer for students living off campus.

Hampshire College has tried to build a residential campus of beauty, variety, and utility...The key elements are the Hampshire houses, units of from two to three hundred students, each with a staff, and each designed to contribute, in some way, to the idea of an integrated campus community, aimed at closing the gap between living in a place and learning in another place.


Report of the President, 1971-1974
Charles R. Longsworth

 

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Housing Operations Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002