Living on Campus

Washburn University requires first-year, first-time students to live on campus to provide better access to campus resources and improve students' opportunities for success.

College is more than what you learn in the classroom - it is also about relationships and experiences. At Washburn University, you'll have the opportunity to discuss ideas one-on-one with faculty members, study with friends, join a student organization (or two, three, etc.) and cheer on our athletics teams. You'll find a campus that supports your academic and co-curricular goals. When you live on campus, you are directly connected to opportunities that help you build a full college experience.

We also know, through national data and tracking our students' performance, that living on campus helps you in the classroom. Students who live on campus for their freshman year average higher GPAs and have a higher graduation rate than their peers living off campus.


Washburn recognizes that there may be certain circumstances for which a student is better suited to live off campus. Students may apply for a housing exemption by completing the exemption request on the Housing Portal in MyWashburn.

View Residency Requirement Guidebook Below are the corresponding files you will be asked to complete and upload to your exemption application:

Active Military/Veteran Exemption: Please visit our Veterans Educational Benefits page

Distance Education: No initial form required

Commuter (Living with immediate relative)

Extenuating Circumstances Exemption

Financial Hardship Exemption

Married/Domestic Partnership/Legal Dependent(s)

Medical/Psychological Needs Exemption: Please contact Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Twenty-One Years or Older: No initial form required

GET IN TOUCH WITH Housing and Dining

Housing and Dining
Washburn Residential Living Office
Living Learning Center
1801 SW Jewell Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone & Email
(785) 670-1065
Fax : (785) 670-1186

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