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Apply to Live Off Campus

Drury University recognizes the value of residential living to the total educational process, and therefore requires that all full-time day school students live on campus unless they meet specific exemption criteria.  

The university will consider exemption requests from students who meet one or more of the criteria below:

  • Living at home with parent at primary family residence within 30 miles of Drury
  • Age 21 or older at the start of the academic year (cannot be applied to break contract mid-year)
  • Married
  • Have a child
  • Medical condition that cannot reasonably be accommodated in student housing
  • Extenuating circumstances - a situation that would prevent you from attending Drury if you had to live on campus
  • Veteran or currently serving in the United States military

Current Students

You may submit your 2020-21 exemption request in MyDrury under the Campus Life tab. Choose "Housing" folder from the left menu. Then choose "Housing Exemption form" from the left menu. Please read directions, print & notarize the address verification if under 21 and commuting from home within 30 miles of campus. Have all documents ready to upload before submitting the exemption request in MyDrury. 

A paper version of the exemption request is available.   

Returning students who hope to be exempt from the 2021-22 housing policy must submit their form and any additional paperwork to the Housing office by April 1, 2021.

Students who do not receive email permission to be exempt from the housing policy will be required to fill out a housing contract; an on-campus bed and meal plan will be assigned. Do not commit to an off-campus lease until you receive official release from the Housing office. Students will not be able to register unless the Housing office has an approved exemption form or a current housing contract on file.

A student who signs a housing contract to live on campus, and then files a Request for Exemption to cancel that contract may be charged cancellation fees. 

New Students

The 2021-22 Request for Exemption form is available online below:

2021-2022 Housing Exemption Form

If submitting a Request for Exemption in MyDrury, print & notarize the address verification if under 21 and commuting from home within 30 miles of campus. Have all documents ready to upload before submitting the exemption request in MyDrury.   

New spring semester students for the 2020-2021 academic year who hope to be exempt from the housing policy must submit their 2020-2021 (PDF format) form and any additional paperwork to the Admission office by December 1.

Students who do not receive email permission to be exempt from the housing policy will be required to fill out a housing contract in the Housing office; an on-campus bed and meal plan will be assigned. Do not commit to an off-campus lease until you receive official release from the Housing office. Students will not be able to register unless the Housing office has an approved exemption form or a current housing contract on file.

A student who signs a housing contract to live on campus, and then files a Request for Exemption to cancel that contract may be charged cancellation fees. 

The Housing Exemption Process


The Housing Exemption Committee meets every two weeks to evaluate exemption requests. Students will generally hear a decision in 1-2 weeks after submission of the exemption request. Students who are denied exemption can submit a second request with additional information to the committee for a 2nd review. If a student is denied, they will be be expected to live on campus with the full cost of room and board. 

If a student is approved, the contract is cancelled for the requested academic year.  Any full-time day school student will need to file a new exemption each year. Cancellation fees may apply.

Contract Cancellation Fees


2020-2021 Academic Year

If a 2020-21 Request for Exemption is received on or before the exemption deadline (April 1, 2020) there is NO contract cancellation fee.

If a 2020-21 Request for Exemption is received after the exemption deadline (April 1, 2020), but prior to fall move-in, the student will be charged a $500 contract cancellation fee.

If a 2020-21 Request for Exemption is received on or after fall move-in and by the add-course deadline (September 2, 2020), the student will be charged:

  • $500 contract cancellation fee
  • the nightly room rate until date of formal check-out
  • the prorated cost of the fall meal plan

If a 2020-21 Request for Exemption is received after the fall add-course deadline (September 2, 2020), the student will be charged:

  • $500 contract cancellation fee
  • the nightly room rate until date of formal check-out
  • the entire cost of the current semester’s meal plan, unless cancellation/move-out occur during Winter Break or between Jan move-in and the Jan meal change deadline (in which case the spring meal plan would be prorated)
  • 40% of the remaining room rent for the entire academic year

2021-2022 Academic Year

If a 2021-22 Request for Exemption is received on or before the exemption deadline (April 1, 2021) there is NO contract cancellation fee.

If a 2021-22 Request for Exemption is received after the exemption deadline (April 1, 2021), but prior to fall move-in, the student will be charged a $500 contract cancellation fee.

If a 2021-22 Request for Exemption is received on or after fall move-in and by the add-course deadline (September 3, 2021), the student will be charged:

  • $500 contract cancellation fee
  • the nightly room rate until date of formal check-out
  • the prorated cost of the fall meal plan

If a 2020-21 Request for Exemption is received after the fall add-course deadline (September 3, 2021), the student will be charged:

  • $500 contract cancellation fee
  • the nightly room rate until date of formal check-out
  • the entire cost of the current semester’s meal plan, unless cancellation/move-out occur during Winter Break or between Jan move-in and the Jan meal change deadline (in which case the spring meal plan would be prorated)
  • 40% of the remaining room rent for the entire academic year