University of Lynchburg values on-campus living that exposes students to a variety of meaningful out-of-class learning opportunities. Accordingly, on-campus living is required of undergraduate students, and off-campus living is a privilege earned through progression toward degree completion.
Single, full-time freshman, sophomore, and junior students – other than those living at home with parents or their own children and students age 23 and older – are required to live in University of Lynchburg housing.
Eligibility for Off-Campus Living
Undergraduate students who have completed 85 or more credit hours (either at University of Lynchburg or at another accredited institution) prior to the fall semester are eligible to live off campus during the next academic year, as are undergraduates continuing as second-degree students, non-degree-seeking graduate students continuing their studies immediately after baccalaureate degree completion, and students age 23 and older.
Application to Reside Off Campus
Prior to making housing commitments off campus, students enrolling in undergraduate courses who wish to reside off campus must apply for and receive authorization to do so from the Office of Housing and Residence Life by the date specified by the University each year.
To receive and maintain off-campus residential approval, a student must provide the Office of Housing and Residence Life with accurate, current address, telephone, and landlord information, including a copy of the lease portion verifying address information. A student admitted for full-time enrollment cannot acquire off-campus authorization by dropping to part-time status (below 12 credit hours per semester).
Off-Campus Zoning Requirement
Undergraduate students approved for off-campus living (e.g., full-time and part-time seniors, students enrolled in post-baccalaureate studies, and students age 23 or older) must reside only in housing zoned for multi-family dwellings with on-site management (i.e., apartment complexes). In the City of Lynchburg, such approved housing has zoning designations of R4 and R5.
Students may not lease—either directly or unofficially through another who leases on behalf of the student—or reside in housing zoned for single- or two-family dwellings (i.e., residential neighborhoods including those near campus). In the City of Lynchburg, such prohibited housing has zoning designations of R1, R2, and R3. A student’s approval to reside off campus, whether conditional or final approval, is revoked if the student leases or resides in housing not zoned for multi-family dwellings with on-site management (i.e., apartment complexes).
After a student’s application to reside off campus has been approved, off-campus arrangements must be made directly between the student and the landlord. Although the University advises that careful attention be given to safety and health factors in choosing off-campus housing, it assumes no liability related to these factors.
Conduct at Off-Campus Residences
Students who live off campus are expected to act and maintain off campus residences in ways that positively influence fellow students, the University, and the Lynchburg City community. Courteous relationships with neighbors, based on respect, good communication, sensitivity to needs of varying lifestyles, and behaviors that do not infringe on others’ rights, are expected.
While encouraging students who reside off campus to exercise responsible self-regulation, the University retains the authority to adjudicate incidents that occur off campus and incidents in violation of the Honor and Student Conduct Codes. Off-campus living is a privilege that may be revoked at any time at the discretion of the University. Students who live off campus are responsible for knowing all applicable University requirements and Lynchburg City ordinances and practices. Violation of University or community requirements may result in revocation of the privilege to live off campus or to live at certain locations and may also result in University disciplinary action.
University Policy and the Law
Students who live off campus are responsible for knowing all applicable University of Lynchburg requirements and city ordinances and practices. Violation of University or community requirements may result in revocation of the privilege to live off campus or to live at certain locations and may also result in University disciplinary action.
Community resources available to neighbors and students include:
- Lynchburg Police Department (434.847.1602, non-emergency)
- Community Development Inspections (434.455.3910)
- Health Department (434.477.5900)
- Regional office of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (434.582.5136)
- Office of the Dean of Students (434.544.8226)