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Housing Rationale
Hope College is committed to providing students with a liberal arts education within the context of the historic Christian faith. The College believes that the residential component is an integral part of this education. Therefore, most students should expect to live in College residential facilities for at least their first three years of enrollment. This will enable students to realize the maximum benefit of the faculty, their fellow students, and the offerings of the College. As students interact in these settings, they will learn and grow from the different values, life experiences, classes, activities and ideas that are present in the Hope College community. Underclass students can benefit from the leadership and role modeling of upperclass students, the wide range of ideas, programs and activities which take place in the residence, and the help they receive from members of the Residential Life staff. Upperclass students can grow as they serve as role models, participate in activities geared to their interests, and live in a variety of independent situations, all within the context of the on-campus residential experience.

However, Hope College recognizes the fact that some students wish to expand their experiences beyond the confines of the campus. It is important for any student wishing to live off-campus to understand his or her rights as a tenant as well as responsibilities as a member of the larger community.


Hope College Housing Board Policies:

Off Campus Permission / Criteria
Off-campus permission may be granted to students who meet one or more of the following criteria:
Please apply at:
You will be notified of the outcome at your Hope College email address

Have earned 75 credit hourrs by January 31, 2013 (verified by the Registrar’s Office)
• Will be at least 23 years of age by August 9, 2013
• Are or will be married by August 9, 2013 (copy of marriage license required)
• Part time student (enrolled for 1-11 credits) for both the fall and spring semesters

Parent Commuter Permission / Criteria
Parent Commuter permission is restricted to those students who commute
from the home in which their parent resides at and that home is
within 25 miles from campus.
*You must apply for parent-commuter status each academic year.

Please apply at:
You will be notified of the outcome at your Hope College email address

If you do not meet the above Criteria for Off Campus
or Parent Commuter Permission

Please submit an application by no later than February 1, 2013.
In your application, provide a detailed rationale for your requested exception.
All exceptions are reviewed by a committee representing the Business Office, Financial Aid Office, and the Student Development Office.
You will be notified of the outcome at your Hope College email address.
If your request is denied students will be provided with an opportunity to appear before the committee in person.
Please be aware that exceptions are extremely rare.

Financial Aid
Please be aware that off campus and/or parent commuter permission
can affect some financial aid packages.
Please check with the financial aid office to see if this status
will affect your package.

Note: If you intend to participate in an off-campus study program in the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year and wish to reside off-campus or commute during the spring semester when you return, please submit your application by February 1, 2013.

• Any student who does not have off-campus or parent-commuter permission for the 2013-2014 academic year will be assigned on-campus housing for the 2013-2014 academic year.

• If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact the Housing Office at 616-395-7943 or

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