Freshman Residency (Waived for 2020-2021)

Update as of 05/15/2020:

In a typical year, UNM requires first-time, first-year students to live on campus. However, the Freshman Residency Requirement for Academic Year 2020-2021 will be waived and freshmen will not be required to live on campus. Freshman are encouraged to make the best housing decisions for their well-being.  Housing will be available for Fall 2020, and freshmen are welcome to choose UNM as their home, but that will not be the requirement for Fall 2020.

 

The following policy and information will not apply to incoming 2020-2021 freshman.

University of New Mexico is committed to providing all students with an exceptional educational experience. For this reason, UNM requires all first-time undergraduate students (not qualified for an exception) to live on UNM main campus for their first academic year. Statistics both nationally and at the University level have consistently shown that students who live on campus have greater academic success and complete their degrees at a quicker rate than students who live off campus. On-campus residents are successful because:

  • The educational programming model of community, wellness, personal and professional development, and diversity and inclusion, is the foundation of our engagement with our residents
  • A multi-layer security system, from the Resident Advisor to a 24/7 safety staff to the UNM Police Department, provides a safe campus environment.
  • Trained staff design and implement events and activities based on our on-campus educational model to enhance the college experience, keeping residents involved and supported.
  • Living Learning Communities connect residents directly to their academic program and other residents with interests just like theirs.
  • All the conveniences of on-campus living allow our students the opportunity to stay focused on learning.

Learn more about UNM's Living Requirement Study.

First-Time Undergraduate Students are Resident Lobos!

The Freshmen Residency requirement is a UNM main campus policy in which all first-time undergraduate students enrolled as full-time students who are younger than 20 years of age by the first day of classes and are further than 30 miles from UNM’s main campus are required to live on campus.

Campus Housing that Satisfies Freshmen Residency

All main campus UNM Residence Halls (Alvarado, Coronado, Hokona, Laguna, DeVargas, Santa Clara, Student Residence Center Apartments, and Redondo Village Apartments) and on-campus private partner Casas del Rio fulfill the requirement. A student may apply for an exception to live in satellite residence halls, Lobo Rainforest or private partner Lobo Village, if the student has a demonstrable tie to a UNM academic program or a Living Learning Community.

Automatic Exemptions

First-time undergraduate students who fall within one or more of the following categories are automatically exempt from the Freshmen Residency Requirement.

  • Students living with a parent, guardian or family member within 30 miles of main campus (additional documentation may be required)
  • Students 20 years of age or older by the first day of the academic year
  • Students domestically partnered, married or have legally dependent children (additional documentation required)

Applying for an Exception

Exception applications may be requested and each request is reviewed on an individual basis. All exception applications are found on a student’s Residence Dashboard and may require additional verification documentation such as:

  • Student has a medical or accessibility circumstance and have applied and been approved for exception through UNM’s Accessibility Resource Center
  • Student who can demonstrate that living on campus would present an undue hardship on their ability to attend the University

Frequently Asked Questions

Students who, at time of admission, have a zip code listed in the attached map are automatically exempt from Freshman Residency requirements.

Yes. Students first enrolling in the fall are required to live in on campus housing during the fall and spring semesters. Students first enrolling in the spring are required to live in on campus housing during the spring semester. Students first enrolling in the summer are not required to live in the residence hall during the summer, but are required to live in on campus housing during the fall and spring semesters.

Although on-campus housing is strongly encouraged, submission of an exception application can be found via a student’s Residence Dashboard.

Although on-campus housing is strongly encouraged, submission of an exception application can be found via a student’s Residence Dashboard.

  • Living with Parent, Guardian, or Family Member within 30 miles from UNM’s Main Campus
    • Completion of the Affidavit and Proof of Residency to be submitted by the student. Note: the Affidavit is to be downloaded from “Freshman Residency Exemption” form and proof of residency may be a utility bill in the host family member’s name, lease agreement in host family member’s name, or similar documents which demonstrate the host family member lives at the address cite on the Affidavit.
  • Satellite Residence Halls
    • RLSH Lobo Rainforest – confirmation from RLSH of placement in Living Learning Community to be submitted by the student
    • Private Partner Lobo Village – confirmation from American Campus Communities Lobo Village of placement in Living Learning Community to be submitted by the student
  • Greek Life Housing
    • UNM Affiliated Greek Life Housing – submission of signed lease at Affiliate Greek Life Housing to be submitted by the student
  • Domestically Partnered/Married/Has Dependent
    • Domestically Partnered – submission of signed Domestic Partnership form via Dean of Students office
    • Married – submission of legal marriage certificate  
    • Dependents – submission of birth certificates of all dependents
  • Medical/Accessibility Need
  • Undue Hardship
    • Documentation and or pertinent information that may frame the undue hardship case a student is facing should be submitted. Personal statements, copies of documents with explanations of provided documents as it pertains to case, or similar documents which demonstrate undue hardship due to meeting Freshman Residency requirement.

Freshman Residency staff administratively review applications for reasons of:

  • Living with Parent, Guardian, or Family Member within 30 miles from UNM’s Main Campus
  • Satellite Residence Halls
  • Greek Life Housing
  • Domestically Partnered/Married/Has Dependent
  • Medical/Accessibility Need

Freshman Residency Committee, composed of numerous university professionals from across various departments, review applications for reasons of:

  •  Undue Hardship

Students who, at time of admission, have a zip code listed in the attached map are automatically exempt from Freshman Residency requirements.

  • Fully complete all sections of application, available online in your Housing Dashboard. Failure to provide information can cause delay in the processing of your request.
  • Indicate the hall, room, and/ or type of room you want to move to, why you would like to make the change, and any specific requested roommates.
  • If you are applying for a change into a specific room, make sure the space is either vacant or will be vacant; requests for specific spaces that are occupied will be denied.
  • If two or more people request the same space, the person who submitted their application first will be awarded the space.
  • If you are requesting any available room or any available type of room, please indicate your hall and room type preference.
  • If you are under 18 years of age and are requesting to move from a double room to a single room, you must have a parent or guardian sign approval.

Typically a 7 business day or less is to be expected. Peak times in which responses may be delayed include December, January, July, and August.

Please email FreshmanResidency@unm.edu for updates on the status of your application and Freshman Residency staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

Learn more about UNM's Living Requirement Study here.


Contact Us

Email: FreshmanResidency@unm.edu

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