Living Off Campus

Living Off-Campus

Some Alfred State College students commute to campus from the surrounding areas in the Southern Tier. If you are interested in moving off-campus you must meet at least one of the college's off-campus living criteria.

Alfred State College is a residential campus, full-time students are required to live on campus unless they complete an Off-Campus Housing Waiver (located in eRezLife) and the application is approved. Residential Services recommends not signing a lease until your Off-Campus Housing Waiver is approved.

SUNY Policy

SUNY - Board of Trustees Policy

Every student in full-time attendance at a state-operated unit of the university, other than married students or students residing with a parent or parents, shall be required to live in a dormitory maintained and operated by such a unit or to have the permission under such provisions as may be made therefore by the chief administrative officer of such unit to live off campus.

General Housing Waiver

Any full-time student who wishes to live off campus must request a waiver of the Board of Trustees' Policy. This waiver form is available from the Office of Residential Services and online. All waiver requests will be considered in accordance with the SUNY policy and the Board of Trustees' intent to maximize the educational process. Certain conditions, if met, assure an individual of permission to live off campus. These specific exceptions are as follows:

General Eligibility

  • Married students
  • Students providing direct care for a legal dependent
  • Students 23 years of age or older
  • Honorably Discharged Veterans of the US Armed Forces: DD-214 must be provided as documentation
  • Students already possessing a baccalaureate degree (reviewed for verification)
  • Student residing with a parent, grandparent, or court-appointed legal guardian at that person's permanent home address who is commuting fewer than 50 miles one way (notarized statement and supplemental statement required)
  • Student completing an academic approved Internship *

Academic Eligibility

To be eligible for off-campus status based on academic eligibility, students must have no active disciplinary status at the time of review, and (1) fourth-year students in baccalaureate programs must be in good academic standing with at least 90 credits and a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average OR (2) fifth-year students must be in good academic standing with at least 120 credits. If submitting under Academic Eligibility, please be advised that until final grades are posted, a decision cannot be determined.

All other reasons will be reviewed according to the Reasons for Waiver stated on the form and will be considered according to uniformity and intent of the Board of Trustees' policy. Submission of false or intentionally misleading statements may result in waiver revocation, campus disciplinary sanctions, and other penalties. Waivers are granted for the academic year or the remaining portion thereof. Students must resubmit a waiver application each year (s)he is in attendance for reasons other than: age, married, dependents, veteran (these are automatic waivers for all semesters that a student is enrolled after initial waiver application has been submitted and approved).

*NOTE: If the waiver is submitted due to student doing an internship, we must also have the student’s academic advisor email confirming said Internship. Once all documentation has been received, a determination will be made.

Do not sign a lease to reside off campus until you are notified by the Office of Residential Services that your Off-Campus Housing Waiver has been approved.


Greek Housing Waiver

Greek Organization Eligibility

Alfred State College intent of the Greek Housing Waiver allows students additional leadership opportunity within the established organization and provide a communal living environment to enhance leadership and growth of the organization and its members. Because of the intent of the Greek Housing Waiver only official, active recognized Greek members with an approved Greek waiver may reside in the house. Violations of this policy will result in all existing housing waivers to be rescinded from the Greek house and students will be required to move back to campus or seek a General Housing Waiver in another off-campus location.

Greek Eligibility

  • Individual members must possess a 2.50 cumulative grade point average and a 2.0 semester grade point average (prior semester) at the time a housing waiver is requested.
  • Individual members may not be on any disciplinary sanction and must have completed any special conditions as a result of any past sanctions (alcohol assessment, community restitution projects, etc.) at the time a housing waiver is requested.
  • The organization in which they are a member maintains continuing authorization for off-campus communal residency.
  • The organization President must submit a list of members approved to reside at the communal residency in writing to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs prior to approval.

*If you are not eligible for a Greek waiver, please refer to the General Housing Waiver. The General Housing Waiver will not permit you to live in an approved Greek House.

Do not sign a lease to reside off campus until you are notified by the Office of Residential Services that your Off-Campus Housing Waiver has been approved.

If you have any questions regarding applying for your Off-Campus Housing Waiver, please feel free to contact the Office of Residential Services at 607-587-4371 or via email.

Contact us

Office of Residential Services
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, New York 14802
Phone: 607-587-4371

Alfred State does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or age in its programs and activities.