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Housing Policy

Students who are assigned a space in University housing are required to sign a University Housing contract and are held responsible for the terms and conditions of the contract for both the fall and spring semesters.  Please read your contract thoroughly before signing, as it is a legally binding agreement between you and Clemson University Housing.

All freshmen who are under the age of 21 at the time of enrollment who do not live with parent(s) [within a 50-mile radius of campus] are required to live in University-owned housing for the fall and spring semesters.

For the purpose of this agreement, transfer students are not considered freshmen. Transfer students are housed on a space available basis.

If a violation of the on-campus residency requirement is discovered before the semester begins, your enrollment may be jeopardized unless you complete the Housing application and are assigned on-campus housing. If a violation of the policy is discovered after the start of the semester, you will be referred to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards for failure to comply with a University policy.

Housing Assignments

Assignments for New Freshmen and New Transfer Students (all students new to Clemson University):

Housing assignments for the academic year for any new student are made only after the student has been officially accepted to the university. Students must pay the required Admissions Fee by May 1st to be eligible to live in University Housing.  Students must complete the online Housing contract and pay the nonrefundable contract fee. New students attending Clemson beginning spring semester and desire to reside in University Housing must complete the online Housing contract and the pay the nonrefundable contract fee upon acceptance to the University.

Assignments for Continuing Undergraduate, Co-ops and Former Students Returning:

Any currently enrolled student or former student returning may apply for on-campus housing by completing the online contract.

Guests and Visitation.
(a) The roommate's expectation of privacy, sleep and study take precedence over the privilege of a host to have a guest. The host must have approval from his/her roommate(s) to have a guest. Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests and must be present for the duration of the visit. It is the responsibility of the host to make sure that the guests understand and abide by all Housing and University regulations. If a guest is involved in any violations of University or Housing regulations, the hosting resident, as well as the guest, may be subject to disciplinary action. Residents may be held responsible for violations of University or Housing violations that occur in their room or apartment.

(b) Non-resident guests (anyone who does not live in University housing) who stay overnight must be agreed upon by all roommates. Guests may not stay for more than 72 consecutive hours (three days).

(c) Members of the opposite sex are allowed to visit each area based upon the visitation option for that area. All residence halls with communal baths have a Standard Visitation Plan. The Standard Visitation policy may be reviewed at Areas with private or suite baths have a Self-Regulated Visitation Plan that allows occupants of the same room or apartment to set visitation hours by mutual consent at the beginning of each year or whenever occupancy changes.

(d) Co-habitation is prohibited; only residents assigned to a room or apartment may live there.

(e) Specific regulations for implementation of the visitation program will be posted on all area bulletin boards at the beginning of the semester.

(f) The University reserves the right to restrict, alter or terminate visitation privileges where it is determined that these privileges are being abused or that they are not in the best interest of the University or its students/residents.

(a) Entrances to all residence halls are regulated by a card access system. Guests at residence halls must enter and exit only by the main entrance to the hall. Residents who enter or exit by locked security doors are responsible for leaving the doors in a locked position. Disciplinary action will be taken against residents who prop open doors or allow others to "tailgate" through security doors without proper authorization.

(b) All residents are urged to lock their windows and doors when sleeping or during periods of absence. For personal safety, ground floor accessible windows should be kept locked at all times and security screens left untouched. Any losses should be reported to the University Police Department and University Housing.

Other Policies.
(a) The University reserves the right to prohibit any item or activity deemed by the University to be harmful, unadvisable or not in the best interest of the University or its residents.

(b) Certain residence halls and apartment communities require regulations specific to each of them. This includes, but is not limited to, Fraternity and Sorority housing areas, living-learning communities and the like.

(c) Addenda to the university Housing contract may be distributed and enacted as needed. All addenda become an extension or revision of the contract and/or its attached addenda, and therefore are binding on all residents living in University housing.

(d) Residents are required to know and comply with all policies and regulations contained within the University Housing contract and any attached addenda, as well as this document and any other official University publication.

Revised July 2014


Contact: Housing Office, Mell Hall, 864-656-2295