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Off Campus Housing

Off Campus Housing

 Housing Exemption Application Process:

All matriculating, full-time students are required to live on campus during their enrollment. Only junior and seniors with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and good social and academic standing, both on campus and off campus, are eligible to apply for an exemption to this requirement.
The number of students exempted from the requirement will be dependent upon projected occupancy levels of the residence halls.
  • Students should not plan to be exempted from housing until they are approved.
  • Application does not guarantee approval.
  • A signed lease is not acceptable as a reason for exemption nor for an appeal to a denied application. Students should not sign any lease prior to receiving approval. If a student has signed a lease and is not approved for an exemption, the student should then expect to pay both the lease and the campus housing and residential meal plan. 
  • Students who move off campus without approval can expect to be billed for on campus housing and a residential meal plan.
  • Approval of 1 member of a planned group does not guarantee the approval of other members of the group. Students should plan their housing groups after the approval process. 
  • Students over 23 at the start of the academic year in question and local commuting students living in their family’s permanent, primary residence are exempted first and any remaining slots are allotted to non-local approved applicants.A reasonable commuting distance is under 30 miles and does not include any location crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
  • Requests to waive the residency requirement will be reviewed by of Off-Campus Review Committee  and the decisions of that committee are final.
Housing Exemption Application:
Applications are due March 1, 2020 for current students.
Students approved to live off campus are required to provide the Office of Residential Life the updated contact information, including local street address, landlord name, and landlord contact information by the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. 
Students approved to live off campus must follow the Off Campus Behavior policy. 

Off Campus Behavior Policy:  

Washington College students can contribute greatly to the Chestertown community when engaged in positive activities and respectful relationships with neighbors.

As members of the Chestertown community, Washington College students are expected to comply with all town, state and federal laws and local ordinances. Students are also expected to demonstrate responsible citizenship off campus and behave in a manner that is considerate of their neighbors. Neighbors have a right to the peaceful enjoyment of their property and to protect their property investment. Any student who engages in disruptive, disorderly or destructive behavior off campus will be held accountable by Washington College.

If a citation is issued or a nuisance call/complaint is made regarding an off campus house owned, rented or leased by Washington College students, the tenants of the residence will be held accountable by the Washington College Honor Code in addition to the civic authority.

All tenants, whether present or not at the incident resulting in a police, Public Safety response or neighbor complaint, are responsible for behavior that takes place at their dwelling. Repeated violations of the Off Campus Behavior Policy and/or town ordinances can results in the immediate revocation of approval to live off campus and a requirement to move onto campus with all costs associated the student’s responsibility. 


Helpful Information for Off Campus Students

Tenant Rights Quick Info
Maryland Tenant Rights Q&A
Chestertown Information: Off campus residents can find information on the Chestertown website.