First-Year Student Residency Requirement


First-time, full-time undergraduate students admitted to the Las Cruces campus will be required to live in a university-operated residence hall for the first academic year, or two semesters.  Research has shown when students live on campus, they gain many more benefits and rewards than those living off-campus.  NMSU believes in the residential experience.  Students engage through a more structured environment that promotes academic and personal success.

Residency Exemptions

Eligible students may request one of the following exemptions to the residency requirement:
  • Student living with immediate family (limited to parent(s), legal guardian, grandparent(s), or aunt/uncle)
  • Student residing with spouse/domestic partner or dependent child(ren)
  • Student 21 years or older
  • Student enrolled full time in distance education
  • Active military or veteran status (No documentation needed, NMSU internal verification)
  • Medical accommodation
  • Other extenuating circumstances (including financial hardship)

Request an Exemption

COMPLETE THE ENTIRE EXEMPTION ONLINE VIA MYHOUSING Students can expect to receive a communication through their official NMSU e-mail account.  The committee’s decision, or a request for additional documentation, will be processed within 10 business days.  All committee decisions are final.

For more information about the housing exemption process, contact:
Housing & Residential Life
Corbett Center Student Union, Room 230
Phone: (575) 646-3202
Email: housing@nmsu.edu
Web: housing.nmsu.edu/applications