Living Off Campus

First-year and transfer students who intend to live on campus must complete a housing application. 

Any student may qualify for residency policy exemptions if:

  • The student resides with their parent or legal guardian at their legal residence which is within a 30 mile driving radius of Whittier College
  • The student is entering Whittier as a transfer student
  • The student is or will be 22 years of age on or before the first day of classes for the fall semester
  • The student is married or in a domestic partnership
  • The student has documentation supporting need for off-campus housing. In this case, the student must contact the Office of Student Disability Services.

The College will also consider an exception to its residential policy in situations where a student with sophomore or junior standing is experiencing an extreme financial hardship and is unable to cover the expenses associated with on-campus housing and meal plans.

To be considered for exception a student should meet the following requirements.

  • Elegible for Federal Pell Grant
  • Good academic standing
  • Sophomore or junior standing for year in question
  • FAFSA for the upcoming academic year has been filed
  • A financial aid package has been received and accepted by the student
  • Student and parents/legal guardians are unable to finance the unmet need
  • Student and parents/legal guardians have exhausted all funding options including loans (unwillingness to borrow does not satisfy this requirement)
  • Student and parents/legal guardians are unable to finance the cost difference between on-camps and off-campus housing and meal plans
  • Student demonstrates unmet need that is at least as great as the documented savings between living on-campus or off-campus

Petition for Financial Hardship Housing