Texas Tech University

First-Year On-Campus Residency Requirement & Off-Campus Eligibility

Residency Requirement

Exemption Eligibility

The University requires enrolled first-year students to live in the university residence halls. Priority is given to those who must meet the first-year on-campus residency requirement.

We understand that not every first-year student is able to live in the Residence Halls. Even though institutional research indicates that students who live on campus perform better academically, there are provisions for students that need to live off-campus should they meet the requirements. Students are encouraged to read OP 30.25 when requesting to live off-campus.

Students that meet one of the requirements need to complete the Exemption Form and send any supporting documentation to University Student Housing. The student will receive an email within three to five business days with a notice of eligibility, ineligibility, or a request for further information.

Please send all documentation to housing@ttu.edu, fax them to 806-742-2696, or upload them using the electronic form.


Common reasons students are eligible to live off-campus:

  • The student has 30 hours post-high school credit. (Advanced Placement, CLEP, ACT, SAT, dual-credit, and/or concurrent-credit do not count toward this requirement)
  • The student has lived on campus for 2 or more semesters. (Fall and Spring semesters only.) Proof of Residence from Previous Institution Form is required.
  • The student will continue to reside in the established primary residence of their parent or legal guardian within a 60-mile radius of Lubbock and has been there for at least the previous six months. A sworn Statement of Commuting Status Form is required.
  • The student has an extreme financial hardship, similar to guidelines set forth by the Student Financial Aid office. Financial Hardship Addendum and personal statement are required.
  • The student has a medical hardship that may be intensified by living on campus. Medical Hardship Addendum and personal statement are required.
  • The student is 21 years of age, has served in the military, is married, and/or has dependent children

*Please note that additional documentation may be requested and/or required in order to verify eligibility for an exemption application.

Request to live off campus

Additional Exemption Forms


The exemption application process is not a request to cancel a housing assignment and contract. Please remember that, regardless of your off-campus eligibility, you must abide by the terms of any pre-existing signed agreement or contract that you have entered into with University Student Housing and Hospitality Services. All exemption requests and results must be completed prior to the official Move-In date for the current academic year. Do not sign an off-campus lease unless you have been formally approved for an Exemption.