Freshmen Residency Requirement

As you may be aware, first time, first-year Freshmen are required to live on campus.  We also understand that there may be developing circumstances that will prevent you from residing on campus with us this fall.  Freshmen who desire to live off campus need to complete Freshman Residency Exemption form. If your exemption is approved and you have already paid your deposit, we will credit your account for that amount. 

Under the following conditions, coupled with supporting documentation, we will exempt freshmen from the housing requirement:

•         Living with and commuting daily from the legal residence of a legal guardian within a 50-mile driving distance from Valdosta State University. (Parent Certificate- must be notarized and mailed in, there is a free Notary inside the Central Housing Office)

•         Married- (Marriage License)

•         Single parent- (Child's Birth Certificate)

•         20 years of age prior to September 1 of the academic year

To apply for an exemption, please login to the housing portal.

How to Apply

If you are a current student and applying for Fall 2020 follow these steps

1. Login to your Banner account from VSU homepage

  • The Banner link is an option under the Live @ VSTATE link pop-up menu
  • If you are having problems logging into your Banner account, contact the Registrar's Office at (229) 333-5727. If you have other questions or problems with Banner, click here or call the Help Desk at (229) 245-4357

2. Click Student and Financial Aid

3. Click Housing Contract Release/Freshmen Exemption(scroll down to the bottom of the page to submit the request

If you are a new student and applying for Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 follow these steps

  1. Login to the Housing Portal using your active directory credentials.  If you have not set up your active directory credentials, please follow the Account Access Steps for New Users.
  2. Once logged in, click the Application link in the red bar if you are on a computer.  If using a mobile device, please click on the 3 bar menu and selection Application. 
  3. Select the appropriate term to continue.  The housing exemption application is built into the housing application.  You will select which application you want to submit from a drop-down menu.  Please select Housing Exemption. 
  4.  Complete all steps of the process and the Housing Office will notify you when a decision has been made.


Not quite sure who we consider a freshman?

In terms of The Office of Housing and Residence Life, we consider a freshman as someone who is about to attend or is currently in their first year of college (college courses during high school do not count).

VSU uses credit hours to determine class standing. However, the Office of Housing and Residence Life has more interest in the number of years you've been here. If you are a first time college student, you are considered a freshman. We refer to you as a first-time, first-year freshman.

Note: If you have already completed the application and paid the fees, you must also complete the Release from Contract step.