First Year Freshman Live-On Requirement
George Mason University is committed to providing all students with a comprehensive and dynamic educational experience. Living on-campus provides numerous educational and social opportunities designed to enhance students' academic success, well-being and overall engagement with everything the university has to offer.
First-year freshman undergraduate students enrolled full-time, as defined by George Mason University guidelines, are required to live in campus residence halls. First year students beginning their enrollment in the summer are required to live in the residence halls during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Students who start in fall are required to live in the residence halls during the fall and spring semesters. Students who start in spring are required to live in the residence halls during the spring semester.
Students who can provide evidence they meet any of the following criteria will be exempt from the requirement to live on campus:
- The student will reach the age of 20 prior to the first day of classes of their first term of enrollment
- The student is married
- The student has dependent family (children or parents) under the student's care
- The student has veteran status
The student resides in the principal residence of a parent or legal guardian within the counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, and parts of Loudoun*.
Requests for exemption to the first year freshman live-on requirement will also be considered on the basis of compelling individual circumstances. Requests for exemption must be submitted according to the following schedule:
- May 1 for summer term first enrollment
- May 15 for fall semester first enrollment
- November 1 for spring semester first enrollment
Students who fail to comply with this policy are subject to sanctions by the university. Sanctions may include a hold being placed on the student's ability to register for classes and/or disciplinary action. Examples of failure to comply include:
- provision of false or misleading information to obtain an exemption
- failure to apply and register for housing
- failure to check-in and assume occupancy of assigned housing
- failure to fulfill the terms and conditions of the housing agreement, including receiving a judicial sanction that results in removal from university housing
Procedures for Reviewing Requests for Exemption from First Year Live-On Requirement
I. Exemption requests are to be completed online via eLiving.
II. Requests for exemption to the first year live-on requirement will be considered and may be granted in cases of compelling individual circumstances.
III. The Associate Director of Housing Services, or her/his designee, will review written requests for exemption within a timely manner. Additional information may be required of some applicants. Applicants will be notified of decisions regarding requests for exemption in a timely manner. Applicants may email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding how to submit requested additional information.
*Loudoun County zip codes which are exempt:
20165,22066,20105,20152,20120,20166,20151,20170, and 20164
Log into your eLiving account to apply for the exemption