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Residential Life

Residency Requirements

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 whose permanent homes are within a reasonable commuting distance to Chestertown may request an exemption and should submit their form by the deadlines listed below. 

Although students are required to live on campus, there is a process for senior students who meet certain criteria to live off campus. Criteria is currently under review. Applications are now closed. 


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:

  • COST: Many students assume that living off campus will cost less than living in a residence  hall. This may be true; however, it is possible that the costs may be similar, or that the cost of living off campus will be higher. When figuring costs, consider your portion of rent, initial deposit, last month’s rent, cost of food, cost of utilities that are not included with rent such as cable and internet. Also factor in furniture and appliances, laundry costs, and transportation to and from campus.
  • STAY CONNECTED: Many students may look forward to increased privacy and quiet of an apartment. The student should also consider that living on campus makes it easier for students to stay connected to other students on campus. Students may need to work harder to stay engaged when living off campus.
  • RESPONSIBILITY: You will be responsible for your lease, for paying bills, and for doing your own cooking and cleaning. 
  • ROOMMATES: Think carefully when finding a roommate. Often good friends do not make the best roommates. Once you commit to sharing an apartment, it is a difficult decision to change. Unlike residence hall roommates, who can be changed, you will be committed to your roommates for the entire length of your lease.