Freshmen Residency Requirement

The University of North Alabama requires all first time, full time freshmen and ESL students to live on campus in a residence hall for up to one academic year. Students first enrolling in the fall are required to live on campus during the fall and spring semesters. Students first enrolling in the spring are required to live on campus during the spring semester. 

Exemption Form

Freshmen seeking an exemption to the live on requirement must fill out a Freshman Residency Exemption Form and must return the form and required documents to Housing & Residence Life upon admission to the university. The priority deadline for exemption consideration is July 15, 2018. The Freshmen Residency Review Committee will review each exemption form and send approval/denial notifications to the student's UNA Portal email account within 14 days. 


Exemptions to the Freshman Residency Requirement may be requested for the following reasons:  

  • The student will be living with his or her parent or legal guardian in their permanent residence. Parent/Legal Guardian must indicate responsibility for residency arrangement. 
  • Married as documented with a marriage certificate.
  • Age 20 or older before the first day of classes in the first semester of attendance at the University. Attach Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Have a child and/or guardianship of a child, as documented with a photocopy of your child’s birth certificate AND copy of your federal tax return, verifying that the child is your dependent.
  • A veteran of the US military or currently serving as active duty or reserve with a photocopy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release/Discharge from Active Duty, or a copy of your military ID card.
  • A special medical necessity and/or emergency requiring a special housing option that cannot be provided by the University.  Documentation must include a detailed statement from an American Board Certified Physician as to why the specific medical necessity and/or emergency prevent the student from living in the residence halls and how long the condition has been treated by the physician. All requests will be reviewed by UNA Health Services.


If the student is denied an exemption, they may appeal the decision to the Executive Director of Student Affairs Auxiliary Programs or his/her designee. 

Failure to comply with the Freshman Residency Requirement, unless an exemption is approved, will result in a charge to the student’s University account each semester of the student’s first academic year. This charge will be equal to the cost of the lowest cost feshman double residence hall room rate and meal plan.

*Effective Fall 2015