Texas Tech University

Residence Requirement

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Living in Texas Tech University's residence halls is convenient, simple and virtually worry-free. It's a fun and easy way to experience the excitement of college life. Students are more likely to meet new friends while living in the residence halls. They will have more exciting experiences on campus without the hassle of leaving and returning to campus for events and activities. Students live near their classes, avoiding the complexity of commuting or having to wake up early to make it to class each day. All they have to do is wake up and walk to their classes!

National research indicates that students living on campus maintain a higher grade point average and are more likely to graduate. Therefore, the Board of Regents of Texas Tech University supports the On-Campus Residence Requirement to give new students a greater chance of achieving their educational goals.

The On-Campus Residence Requirement applies to students enrolled in more than six hours for the fall and spring semesters, and/or enrolled for three hours per summer session.

On-Campus Residence Requirement

The University feels students will have the best opportunity for a well-rounded educational college experience by living in a residence hall. Any student registered for credit may live in the residence halls if space is available. Priority is given to those enrolled for a full-time academic schedule.

The current university residence hall policy requires students having fewer than 30 post high school hours of academic credit, (excluding hours earned from concurrent high school credit and credit earned by exam), to live on campus. A dining plan is required with a housing contract.

Any request for exemptions from the on-campus residency requirement should be submitted to University Student Housing no later than May 1, 2020, for fall semester enrollment or November 1, 2020, for spring semester enrollment. Below are the exemptions listed in the University Operating Procedure (OP) 30.25.

If you believe that you meet one of these requirements, please download a copy of the Exemption Application, fill out the application, and follow the directions for the exemption category for which you are applying. Send the form, as well as any other necessary documentation, to the address listed at the bottom of the webpage.  Forms can also be faxed or emailed. You will receive a response by email within three to five business days with a notice of eligibility, ineligibility or a request for further information. Make sure to check your official Texas Tech email account.  All responses will be sent to your official Texas Tech email account.

Subject to verification and authorization by University Student Housing, freshmen students who meet one or more of the following criteria may be given permission to live off campus:

  1. A student is residing currently and continues to reside in the established primary residence of her/his parents (or legal guardian) if it is within a 60-mile radius of Texas Tech University. The parents must have established their primary Lubbock residency at least six months prior to the request for an exemption. Legal guardianship must have been established by a court of law at least one year prior to the request.


  2. A student presents sufficient evidence of an extreme financial hardship condition based on guidelines similar to those required for Financial Aid.


  3. A student is married or has dependent children living with the student.


  4. A student is 21 years of age or over on or before the first day of classes of the initial semester of enrollment.


  5. A transfer student has successfully completed 30 or more post-high school semester hours of academic credit prior to the student's enrollment or re-enrollment. Credit earned by exam (Advanced Placement, CLEP, ACT, SAT) and hours received from concurrent high school credit are not considered.


  6. A student is awarded a university scholarship/sponsorship that is managed by a Texas Tech University department or college which at minimum must include the equivalence of the current academic school year's room, dining, tuition, fees, and textbooks as estimated by the Student Financial Aid Office).  This exemption requires prior approval and verification from the managing department or college responsible for the scholarship/sponsorship.  The prior approval and verification must be submitted in writing to University Student Housing prior to the student's enrollment and/or re-enrollment to the university.


  7. A student is enrolled in the Graduate School or Law School.


  8. A student has served in active military service, as verified by a discharge certificate (DD214).


  9. A student presents sufficient evidence of an extreme medical condition, as documented by her/his treating physician for which on-campus accommodations cannot be made.


  10. A student presents sufficient and satisfactory evidence of extreme or unusual hardship that will be intensified by living in the residence halls.


  11. A student has completed a full academic year (fall and spring terms) of living on–campus in the Texas Tech residence halls or provides sufficient evidence of living on-campus at another university prior to off-campus residence eligibility.


  12. A student is enrolled in online classes only.


  13. A student is taking six or fewer hours during each semester.



  14. A student is enrolled in Texas Tech University or Texas Tech University Health Science Center at a campus other than the Lubbock campus.

For more information regarding housing and dining policies please visit OP 30.25.