Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing 2019-2020

As a four-year residential college, Gustavus requires that all full-time students live in college housing. However, there are circumstances for which students may receive an exemption to the college's policy.

Consideration for approval - Students granted off-campus residency must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • student who is married
  • student living with and responsible for dependent child/children
  • living in the St. Peter area with their parents/guardian (*within 15 miles from campus)
  • part-time (below 2.0 credits) for the ENTIRE 2019-2020 academic year
  • veterans of military service (having been deployed and/or providing DD214 paperwork; Those in ROTC, Reserves or basic training do not receive exemption. Residential Life follows the college's definition that is also used for FAFSA requirements - veterans include those who have completed active duty or have been deployed for reasons other than training)
  • 23 years of age or older on/by the first day of class (September 2019)
  • home ownership (student name is sole name on mortgage)

Students who do not meet the above criteria may apply to be added to an off-campus wait list. The wait list will only be used if all on-campus housing is filled. 

The off-campus housing application is part of the Room Selection process at

  • All those requesting off-campus housing should submit the off-campus housing application at prior to the deadline.
  • Please note that signing a lease is NOT a qualifier for off-campus housing. You will still receive a room assignment and be responsible for costs of both housing contracts - do not sign any lease agreements! The college is not obligated to grant permission to students who have entered into rental agreements before proper approval has been given.
  • If you do not meet one of the automatic qualifiers for off-campus housing, you must submit a housing agreement and room-type application and go through the Room Selection process for a housing assignment. 
  • To be added to the wait list, complete an Off-Campus Housing Application in the online housing portal by March 28, 2019. Students wishing to live off-campus may participate as an individual or as a member of a housing unit. Each member of a group must submit their own off-campus application (there is a field in the application to be able to list desired roommates). All Room Selection guidelines apply.
  • Note that if you live off campus, your Gustavus aid will be reduced by $500. If you have specific questions about your financial aid package and how it's affected by off-campus permission, contact Financial Aid at x7527.
  • Students who do not qualify for off-campus housing based on the required qualifier(s) but are seeking medical accommodation should go through the medical accommodation process.
  • Those requesting accommodation for significant financial hardship should contact the Residential Life office for appeal only after exhausting all other options for loans/financial contribution. Requests will be reviewed by the Director of Residential Life in coordination with the Financial Aid office (release form required, please submit to the Residential Life office).
  • If you are enrolled FULL TIME in student teaching away from the immediate St. Peter area or a for-credit internship outside of the immediate St. Peter area (e.g. no additional courses are being taken on campus during the semester), you may be eligible to live off-campus. Submit the online off-campus housing application for consideration. 

Wait list notifications: If the wait list is activated for off-campus releases, students will be notified by the Residential Life office via email.