While the majority of students live in residence halls, some choose to live off campus. These students manage the responsibilities associated with independent living such as paying bills, doing chores, coordinating roommate relationships, and living alongside non-student neighbors.
The College of the Holy Cross is an integral part of the College Hill neighborhood and the City of Worcester. Facilitating a considerate and respectful community among the College and local residents is essential to the College’s mission. The College’s Off Campus Living Policy provides more information regarding students expectations for living off campus.
To apply to live off campus, students must submit a fully completed Off Campus Living Application as well as a Parent Consent form. Approved applicants will be informed of their eligibility to pursue off campus housing. As the total number of students allowed to live off campus is limited, not all applications will be approved. Applicants not approved due to limited availability may request to be added to a wait list. Applications completed after the deadline will be automatically added to the wait list. Once given approval to live off campus, students are expected to provide the Office of Residence Life & Housing with a copy of their signed lease agreement to complete the process. Students are advised to NOT sign a lease until they have received official notice of approval to live off campus. Legally committing to live off campus without College approval could result in the student being financially responsible for both an off campus housing lease as well as on campus housing.
Wednesday, October 5th 2016 from 4pm-5pm - Off campus housing information session in Hogan 519
Thursday, October 6th, 2016 from 6pm-7pm - Off campus housing information session in Hogan 519
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 - last day to submit the Off Campus Living Application and Parent Consent forms
OFF CAMPUS LIVING APPLICATION PROCESS
Step 1 Off Campus Living Policy
NOTE: Before considering applying to live off campus, students are also encouraged to meet with the Financial Aid Office to discuss any impact on their financial aid package.
Choose one student from your group to be the primary point of contact and to submit the application. Only one Off Campus Living Application needs to be submitted for each group. The last day to submit the application is Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016.
Step 3 Parent Consent Form
Every student applying to live off campus needs to have a completed Parent Consent form submitted. Applications are not considered to be complete until a Parent Consent form for each student listed in the application has been submitted. The last day to submit the Parent Consent form is Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016.
Step 4 Application Review
Only fully completed applications received before the Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 deadline will be reviewed by the Office of Conduct and Community Standards and the Office of Residence Life & Housing. Applications completed after the deadline will be automatically added to the wait list. Approval to live off campus is determined in consideration of each student's class year, their conduct history, as well as the order in which applications are received. Rising senior students in good disciplinary standing, and who fully complete all required materials well in advance of the deadline, will have the best chance of receiving approval. As the total number of students allowed to live off campus is limited, not all applications will be approved. Applicants not approved due to limited availability may request to be added to a wait list.
Step 5 Lease Agreement Completion & Submission
Once approved, students have 6 weeks to submit a copy of a signed lease agreement to the Office of Residence Life & Housing. If a lease is not signed within the allotted period of time, and a copy of the lease submitted, approval to live off campus may be rescinded and offered to a group on the waiting list. Students are encouraged to request that an addendum be included in their lease which ties their obligation to the lease to their ability to attend classes on campus at the College of the Holy Cross. This protects students from any additional financial responsibility due to unexpected changes to their status as a student.
If you have any questions about the application process, please submit them to ResLife@holycross.edu.
For questions about student conduct, please contact Associate Dean of Students Paul Irish at PIrish@holycross.edu.
The following resources provide more information regarding life off campus:
- Off Campus Living Policy
- The Right Apartment
- Moving In and Out
- Signing a Lease
- Important Information