Off Campus Housing

Since Mount Holyoke College is a residential college, it will continue to foster and strengthen the residence hall program which it considers to be a vital part of each student’s undergraduate experience.

However, some students sincerely believe that the experience of living off-campus, in housing of their own choosing, will be of benefit to them. The College has agreed that some members of the student body may live off-campus during the academic year on a very limited basis.  A limited number of rising seniors and juniors will be able to obtain off-campus housing of their choice for the academic year.  These students will not be required to pay the College charges for room and board, but will be required to pay for each meal eaten on campus, consistent with arrangements already in effect for Community students.  By not paying the charges for room and board, the student is fully responsible for finding and paying for their own off-campus housing.  Students who have accepted permission to live off-campus should understand that housing in College residence halls cannot be guaranteed if a student decides they would like to resume living on campus. Please make housing arrangements with this in mind.

For those students receiving financial aid, you must contact Student Financial Services about how this off-campus move will impact your financial aid package before you apply. Note: Mount Holyoke grant funding will be reduced when room and board charges are removed from the bill. 

All applications to live off-campus for the 2020–2021 academic year must be submitted to the Office of Residential Life by 5 pm on Friday, February 28, 2020, applications will be available Friday, February 14, 2020. Decisions will be emailed by 5 pm on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.  Any off-campus housing offers will need to be accepted no later than 9 am on Monday, March 16, 2020.

All senior applications will be considered first. Off-campus housing will be offered to juniors if space is available. Sophomores are not eligible. A waiting list will be established from those students whose applications have been received but who are not eligible to live off-campus at this time. Should vacancies occur on the off-campus housing list, the vacancies may be filled from the waiting list.

Once approved for permission to live off-campus, you must accept the off-campus status by following the instructions in the email you receive with permission.  Failure to accept the off-campus housing offer by the deadline will void your request and you will need to reapply for placement on the waiting list.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Residential Life at

If you are interested in applying, the form is available here as well as on our Forms page:  Off-Campus Housing Application