As a small, residential, liberal arts institution, Washington College believes that the on-campus living experience is essential to each student’s educational experience. Not only do students who live on-campus tend to do better academically than students who commute, they also get the opportunity to fully participate in living learning environments that foster long-term connections with peers, engagement with campus activities and events, and easy access to campus resources. To that end, students are required to live on campus. Those students whose permanent homes are within a reasonable commuting distance to Chestertown may request an exemption and should submit their application by the deadline.
- Students need to plan ahead carefully and should not plan to be exempted from housing until they are approved.
- 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 an approved exemption can expect to be billed for on campus housing and a residential meal plan.
Benefits of Living on Campus
Living on campus provides students with many educational benefits. For example, students who live on campus
- Tend to participate in more extracurricular activities.
- Interact more often with peers and faculty
- Have a more positive perception of the campus climate.
- Tend to have a higher level of satisfaction with the College experience.
- Show greater personal growth and development.
- Have a higher rate of persistence and degree completion.
Still, some students may find themselves in a situation where they would like to consider moving off campus campus. Before you do, consider:
- Think carefully when finding a roommate. Often good friends do not make the best roommates. Once you commit to sharing an apartment, it is nearly impossible to change. Unlike residence hall roommates, who can be changed, you will be committed to your roommates for the entire length of your lease.