/ Residential Life and Housing

Off-Campus Information

Hope College is a residential college where students live on campus their first three years. Living on campus is an integral part of your Hope College experience.

The college recognizes that currently enrolled upperclass students or those who live locally may be interested in living off campus or commuting from their parents primary residence.

Choosing to live off campus or commuting can change your financial aid package. We encourage you to contact the Financial Aid Office, 616.395.7765 or finaid@hope.edu to verify any potential impact to your financial aid package before applying.

Currently enrolled students interested in living off campus or commuting from their parents’ primary residence must apply annually. Students who meet the criteria below are eligible to request off campus or parent commuter permission.

  • Student is in their fourth year or has accumulated 75 credits or more by January 31, 2022
  • Student is 23 years old by the start of the academic year
  • Student is married with proof of marriage
  • Student is the custodial parent of a minor child
  • Student is commuting from their parent/guardian’s primary residence which must be within 35 driving miles of campus 

Beginning with the 2022–2023 academic year, incoming students (new or transfer) fall under the new Residential Living Policy. The new policy states that students who are enrolled and pursuing an on-campus degree and taking 12 credits or more (including online courses), must live in college-owned housing their first three years. There are conditions where an exemption may be considered, however, the college will no longer offer the option for off campus permission based on credits or parent commuter permission.

Questions regarding the off campus/parent commuter application process can be directed to housing@hope.edu.

The off campus/parent commuter application process for currently enrolled returning students is January 10, 2022, to January 26, 2022. Please use the link below to apply.

Apply to live off campus 

Possible Impact on Financial Aid
Please be aware that off-campus permission can affect some financial aid packages. Please check with the Financial Aid Office to see if this status will affect your package.
Considerations Before Signing an Off-Campus Lease
The Community and Neighborhood Services Department of the City of Holland provides information, referrals and assistance regarding tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities with regard to security deposits, evictions, leases and rental agreements.
Off-Campus Study Programs
If you intend to participate in an off-campus study program in the fall semester of the 2021–2022 academic year and wish to live off campus during the spring semester, please submit your application by July 1, 2021.

The college reserves the right to reject off-campus applications submitted by students who have been subject to college disciplinary action.

If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact the Housing Office at 616.395.7943 or housing@hope.edu.

Off-Campus Rentals

Contact the landlords listed on inHope to look for off-campus housing. Any communication and agreement is between you and the landlord. Please make sure your lease dates coincide with your academic year housing needs.


Property owners can advertise rentals on a private listing of off-campus rentals available for students. Begin the process here.