Illinois Wesleyan University is an independent, residential, liberal arts university. 

Students who wish to apply for Off-Campus housing must meet one of the following guidelines:

  • Live six semesters in University-approved housing: residence halls, Greek chapter houses, or semesters abroad
  • Married, over the age of 25, or living locally with parents
  • Extreme medical conditions (permission and documentation necessary through Disability Services and ORL)

In any of these cases, permission must be obtained through the Office of Residential Life (and/or Disability Services) by completing an online request form and further documentation may be required for some claims.  

Applications are available through the student's MyHousing Portal and approval will be granted on an ongoing basis, beginning in December each year. Failure to complete an off-campus request or renewal by the stated deadline will result in a $250 late notification charge. For students who choose live off-campus, financial aid is usually limited to tuition and fees.


Requests by Deadline
Rising Seniors who are eligible for off-campus housing (after 6 semesters of on-campus living)

March 15th

All other students (New First Year, New Transfer, and Returning students) July 15th








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