On Campus Living Requirement

All full-time students under the age of 19 on the first day of class in the fall semester are required to live in University housing for the duration of the academic year. The University of Nebraska at Kearney in accordance with the Board of Regents established the On-Campus Residency Policy which is a requirement that serves important educational and developmental purposes. Students prosper in stable living environments that are close to academic resources and organized student activities that promote social interaction and exposure to new and diverse life experiences, and that afford supervision, counseling and other assistance as may be needed. On-campus residency provides unparalleled opportunities for multidimensional student development and is part-and-parcel of the university's broad educational program.

To apply for an exemption, one of the following conditions must be met:

  • Kearney Area Residency: The student is living in the Kearney community (defined by UNK as absolutely no farther than 30 miles from the Kearney campus) with parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
  • Married Student: The student is married.  A state issued certificate of marriage is required.
  • Student is a Parent: The student is a parent.  The student is pregnant or expecting a baby or is the parent or legal custodial guardian of a child. A certified birth certificate or a doctor’s note confirming the pregnancy is required. 
  • Based on a disability or medical condition: Student has a documented disability which requires accommodation(s) that cannot be met in University housing. 
  • The student will be living in certain off-campus facilities, which approximate the educational advantages of residence hall living and meet specified requirements.


An Exemption to the On Campus Living Requirement will only be granted after the appropriate forms have been obtained and completed with the appropriate supporting documentation and returned to the Office of Residence Life. The On-Campus Residency Exemption Request form can be obtained by clicking on the link below. Upon review, the student will be notified if their On-Campus Residency Exemption has been approved or denied via student provided email. The student should wait to complete the housing contract until they are notified of the decision regarding their submission for exemption. Please allow the Office of Residence Life a minimum of two weeks for the review process once all documentation is provided. In reference to the Residence Hall Terms and Conditions 3.4.7., if the exemption is denied or the On-Campus Residency Exemption Process is not completed, and the student chooses to live off-campus as a full-time student under the age of 19 on the first day of class in the fall semester, room and board charges for the academic year will be assessed to the student account.

On Campus Residency Exemption Form 2018-2019