Offices & Services

Residential Life

Off Campus Housing

 Housing Exemption Application Process:

All students are required to live on campus. However, third and fourth year students who meet certain criteria are allowed to apply for an exemption. Students must re-apply annually and continue to meet both the GPA and social standing requirements.
Students whose permanent homes are within a reasonable commuting distance to Chestertown may request exemption and should submit their form by the deadlines listed below. A reasonable commuting distance is under 30 miles and does not include any location requiring crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. 
Criteria for exemption for 2020-2021 is under review.
Students who move off-campus without approval by the College can expect to be billed for on-campus housing and a meal plan.  Due to this, a lease should never be signed prior to receiving approval. The existence of a lease signed prior to approval will not be accepted as grounds for needing an exemption. 
Students approved to live of 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. 
Housing Exemption Application:
April 1, 2019 is the deadline for current students to apply by for a housing exemption. Exemptions are not guaranteed. Applications are now closed.


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. 

Trash Pick-up Information

Regular trash is either Monday and Thursday or Sunday and Wednesday pick-up based on where you live.  Please refer to the map in the above link to know your schedule.

Brush, grass and yard waste can be picked up every Monday & Friday - contact the town, pick-up is free.

Bulk trash can be picked up every Monday & Friday - contact the town, pick-up comes with a small charge.

Recycling (paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic bottles) is picked up each Friday.

Chestertown Police Department

Call 410-778-1800 or, if there is no answer, call 778-1241 Kent County Communications.

Chestertown Constant Contact

Chestertown offers an email service that will let you know any alerts that you should be aware of in your residential area. Click on the link for more information.