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Off-Campus Housing

Before considering off-campus living, students should communicate with Student Financial Services to determine if and how living off-campus will impact their financial aid or grants.

Off-Campus Lottery

A limited number of senior students are given permission, through a lottery process, to live off-campus. The off-campus application form for the 2021-22 academic year will open April 5 and close on April 11.

Off-Campus Petitions 

Off-campus petitions are available on your Residence Life Self-Service page beginning Thursday, May 27 at 10 a.m. The deadline is June 1, 2021. 

In light of the COVID pandemic, students may have requested a temporary change to off-campus housing status for the 2020-21 academic year or spring 2021 semester ONLY. This change in housing status remains in effect through the end 2020-21 academic year. Students who wish to extend their request for off-campus housing must reapply for Fall 2021. Please see the COVID FAQs for further information. If you have other emergent or extenuating circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact

Students who are not rising seniors (or who are seniors but missed the senior off-campus lottery deadline) must petition to waive the on-campus living requirement in order to live off-campus. Further documentation to support the request may be required. Students are not guaranteed to be approved to live off-campus. Entering first-years and rising sophomores are rarely approved unless requesting a temporary change.

Exceptions are made for students who are married/in a civil union or living at home with parent(s)/legal guardian(s). These students may automatically receive an exemption from the on-campus housing requirement. To receive an automatic waiver please contact the Office of Residence Life at

Students living at home with their legal guardians must live in one of the following communities. These towns are within a 20-mile radius (driving) of Northampton:

Amherst, Chesterfield, Conway, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, Haydenville, Holyoke, North Amherst, Northampton, Pelham, South Deerfield, South Hadley, Southampton, West Chesterfield, Westfield, Westhampton, Whately or Williamsburg.

Returning to On-Campus Living

If you were previously approved to live off-campus and now wish to return to on-campus living, please complete the form below. All students are guaranteed an on-campus assignment at Smith, but Residence Life cannot guarantee a specific house or room placement.