Residential Living Policies, Rates & Refunds

University of Puget Sound Two-Year Residential Requirement
The University of Puget Sound as a residential liberal arts college affirms the educational benefits inherent in this kind of undergraduate experience. Student learning, in and out of the classroom, and student success are enhanced by the on-campus residential experience. Being a part of a community of scholars is also reinforced by living in campus housing. Because of this, Puget Sound requires all students to live on-campus for their first two academic years with the university and significant numbers of students choose to continue living on campus through graduation to fully reap the benefits of a residential liberal arts experience.

Housing Contract
Upon signature the housing contract and all terms and conditions set forth are binding for the entire academic year. This contract applies to all student residents of university-owned facilities. 

Housing Contract Front
Housing Contract Back

Requests for Residential Policy Exemption & Housing Contract Appeals
Appeals to be released from the residential requirement or cancel a housing contract must be submitted to the Residence Life office via the On Campus Housing Appeal Form.

Exceptions are made for:

  • married students
  • students with children
  • students who are at least 23 years old
  • dependents of Puget Sound faculty and staff

On rare occasions, an exemption from the residential requirement or cancellation of a housing contract may be permitted outside of the above list of exceptions. Housing appeals will be reviewed by Student Affairs, Student Financial Services, and Disabilities Services staff as appropriate on the basis of financial hardship, documented personal medical/health related need, or other demonstrated extenuating circumstances.  

Financial hardship is defined as a situation in which a student’s financial circumstances are so severe that they jeopardize the student’s ability to enroll or to continue enrollment at Puget Sound.  A financial hardship is not simply a justification that living expenses could be lessened by off campus housing arrangements. Financial Hardship appeals require that a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) be on file with Student Financial Services.

All students who successfully appeal for release from the residential requirement will be scheduled to meet with a member of the Student Affairs staff to discuss the educational benefits inherent in our liberal arts education and to develop strategies that will allow the student to best reap the benefits of our full experience without the residential component.  Our goal is to formulate a healthy plan for community involvement both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Residents who check out prior to the end of the contract period and whose housing contract appeal has not been approved will be held responsible for the full remaining room cost of the contract.

Room & Board Rates
The 2014-15 rate to live in a standard double, triple, or quad room on-campus is $3,075 per semester. The 2014-15 rate to live in a premium room on-campus (i.e., single rooms in residence halls, rooms in university-owned houses, and single rooms in Trimble Hall or Commencement Hall) is $3,690 per semester. All students who reside in residence halls, Langlow House, and Union Avenue/Greek residences are required to purchase a university meal plan. For 2014-15, the rate for a medium board (meal) plan is $2,515 per semester. Please visit the Dining and Conference Services webpage for a list of all meal plan options. Under the university's "A La Carte" food service program, students may use their board plan at any time the dining services are open. Meal service is not provided over extended vacation periods (i.e., winter break) and limited meal service is offered during Thanksgiving and Spring Break periods. For more detailed information about payment plans, please refer to "Financing Your Education" in the University Bulletin.

Refund Policy
As stated on the housing contract, the refund policy for students who withdraw from the university is as follows:

1) Board charges for the term are refundable on a pro-rated basis, depending on the amount of remaining meal points on the plan and the number of weeks left in the term.

2) Room charges for the term are non-refundable after 5 p.m. on the second day of classes.

Residence Life will not consider appeals for a refund of a semester room charge, on a full or pro-rated basis, when a student has withdrawn from the university after 5 p.m. on the second day of classes, regardless of the circumstances of that student's departure. The student will still be responsible for paying the full semester room fee.

There are no refunds of the $300 advance tuition deposit.