Off Campus FAQ's

Who can apply for the Off-Campus Selection Process?

Only students classified as members of the rising junior and senior cohorts will be eligible for the Junior/Senior Release option. Students of the rising junior and senior cohort may apply for the Off-Campus Selection each year. Submitting an application or participating in the Off-Campus selection does not guarantee that off campus residency will be granted. Rising juniors and seniors who wish to live off campus must fill out the CSB Off-Campus Selection Form which can be found on the Housing Portal. The deadline for this form is October 15.

When is the deadline to sign up for off campus housing?

The deadline for students to sign up for off campus housing is October 15th.

I am presently living off-campus, do I have to reapply to live off-campus again for next year?

Yes, living off-campus is a privilege that all students must reapply for each year. Students must continue to meet the criteria for eligibility. Also note that living off-campus one year does not give you any advantage in the release process.

What are the eligibility requirements for off campus release?

You must not be on disciplinary or academic probation and you must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Can I go through the release process as an individual instead of as a group?

Yes, students may only apply to the Off-Campus Selection process once, either individually or as part of a group. A selection number may be used only once in the Off-Campus Selection process. Note- 5th year students may not pull other students with them – group releases when a 5th year student is part of a group will be based on the best number in the group for those who will be 4th year students.

How is the number of people who are released to live off-campus each year determined?

The number of people released is a projection of how many students we expect will live on-campus for the following academic year versus how many beds we have available in our residence halls. This is calculated based on the 10th day enrollment of each cohort and in consideration of 5 year average retention rates, average number of students abroad and enrollment goals.

Is there a maximum group size allowed in the release process?

Yes, the maximum group size to be 6 students.  In the event you are looking at housing off campus that accommodates more than 6 people you may combine as you see fit with other groups who have been offered a release. As always, do not sign a lease or make firm plans until Offers of Release are made in mid-November.

I am a first-year student with college credits from high school, am I eligible to apply for off-campus release?

No, the off-campus release process is based on number of years as a full-time student in college. Credits have no bearing in this exemption process or any portion of housing selection at CSB.  

Is there preference in the release process for seniors?

Yes, groups with a majority of Senior Cohort members (those who began college in Fall 2015 or earlier) will receive priority in the process.

  • Groups comprised entirely with members of the rising senior cohort (those who began college in Fall 2015 or earlier) will receive priority in the process. Applying to the process is not a guarantee of release. Often, the number of participants in the release process (those who apply) exceeds the number of releases to be offered. Please know that this could mean that your group, even if you have all seniors, may not be offered a release
  • Groups that have a majority of rising senior cohort members but also include rising juniors will have priority AFTER groups that only have seniors in their group.  Majority is defined as 51% of the group (i.e. a group of 6 requires 4 seniors to be considered senior majority).
  • Typically junior living groups do not receive offers of release in the release process.  It is almost certain that junior living groups will be wait listed. Those who will be juniors in 2019-2020 should plan to live on campus.

Our entre living group is seniors, so we will get released, right?!

Not necessarily. Applying to the process is not a guarantee of release. Often, the number of participants in the release process (those who apply) exceeds the number of releases to be offered. Please know that this could mean that your group, even if you have all seniors, may not be offered a release.

Can juniors apply for the Release Process?

Again, while juniors may apply for the Junior/Senior Release process, please know that the number of seniors applying in the past five years have meant that no rising juniors applying as individuals or junior living groups have been offered a release.  You will be able to become part of the waiting list and you may receive a 2nd or 3rd round offer should senior groups decline a release later in the process. But it is not likely as a junior you would receive an offer of release.

If I am not released to live off-campus initially, how does the waiting list work?

  • If placed on the waiting list, we release the next individual/group if the number of students who have accepted to live off-campus has dropped below the number determined for release. 
  • Students/Groups who apply by deadline and are not approved through the Off Campus Selection will be wait-listed by selection number.
  • Students/Groups applying October 16 or later (but before On Campus Selection) will be wait-listed by time and date of submission. 
  • The Off Campus Waiting List becomes void as of the On Campus Room Selection process.  Following room selection, groups or individuals who wish to be on the off campus waiting list may add their names to the post-room selection waiting list.

The house we want off campus has several groups looking at it, should we sign a lease?

NO! Students are not approved to live off campus until an offer is made and an acceptance letter is submitted. Students who do not follow this process and sign a lease off campus will find themselves responsible for that lease as well as the Campus Housing Agreement (lease) and all fees associated with campus housing. Having a signed an off campus lease does not grant you release or priority in the process or waiting list.  You should not sign an off campus lease without an offer of release in the Off Campus Selection process.

What happens if I am not released and I just live off campus anyways?

If you have not been granted permission to live off campus, you are required to live on campus. The residential experience of community living supports and challenges our students with opportunities for personal and social growth. As a Benedictine, liberal arts college, we believe that living in community is of central importance to the student experience and all students are required to live on campus. While we understand that living on campus may not be your first choice for housing, this does not excuse you from the requirement.  Ultimately, if you do not select housing in the room selection process, a room will be assigned to you, and will be billed for room and board accordingly. 

Also, please remember students found in violation of the terms of their release may find their release rescinded and the student would then be subject to the residency requirement and would responsible for all related room and board fees that may apply.