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Requirements, Policy, and Appeals

Requirements and Policy

To help students reach their potential, it is the policy of Ferris State University's Board of Trustees that all single students living away from home reside in University residence halls.

Board of Trustees Policy Part 4. Administration and Finance Subpart 4-13 Student Housing

Sec. 4-1301. Provision of On-Campus Residential Housing

It is the intent of the University to provide on-campus residential housing for its student body, and to do so in a manner which will be adequate to meet the future enrollment growth of the University and in a manner that is as economical as reasonably possible.

Sec. 4-1302. Requirement that Students Live in University Residence Halls

Except as otherwise provided in this subpart, all single men and women students under the age of 20 living away from home are required to live in University Residence Halls if space is available.

Sec. 4-1303. Permission to Live Off-Campus

The University's Department of Residential Life shall be responsible for administering the policies, procedures and criteria for permission to live off campus.

Students attending Ferris State University must live on campus unless they meet one of the following requirements for the Academic Year

Have reached the age of 19 prior to September 1


Have lived in Ferris State University residence halls for two full academic semesters (Fall or Spring)


Will live in the permanent home of parents and the home is within 50 road miles of the University.

On campus housing is arranged through the Office of Housing & Residence Life. There are a variety of housing options available to meet students' interests and needs.

Housing and Dining Contract for Residence Halls

Students choosing to attend Ferris State and live in the residence halls must sign a Housing Contract and provide a $200 contract guarantee. It is important to note that the Housing and Dining Contract is a legally binding contract. Students are asked not to sign contracts until they are certain they are able to uphold all of its conditions.

Students sometimes feel they may have extreme circumstances warranting an exception to the Board of Trustees residency policy.

Appeals Information