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Residence Life

Commuting to Butler University

Butler is a residential university. Living on campus represents an integral component of the mission of the institution by providing living and learning experiences which lead to a student's growth and development, and an enhancement of one's total education at Butler. Because the residential experience is such an important aspect of the Butler experience, all first-year students not living at home with a parent or legal guardian are required to live in one of the University residence halls. All sophomore and junior students (including those affiliated with a Greek organization) not living at home with a parent or legal guardian will be required to live in University housing or an approved Greek housing unit of which he or she is a member. Students must live on campus for 6 semesters before they can live off-campus. Exceptions to this policy, or requests to live at home as a commuter student, must be approved in advance by the Butler University Residence Life.

The Room and Board Contracts is a binding contract that obligates the student to live in his/her assigned University housing for the full academic year. Students are not excused from the contract because they attain senior status mid-year, drop below 12 credit hours, wish to live off-campus or commute from home.

Conditions for Commuting from Home

  1. The student will live with the parent/legal guardian in the established family home.
  2. The home is within reasonable commuting distance to Butler’s campus (within 30 miles).
  3. The student will live at the address listed and will not maintain any other residence for as long as the residency requirement applies (until reaching senior status). If the home address changes for any reason, an updated form must be submitted.
  4. If it should be determined that false information was provided and/or the student is discovered living elsewhere and/or the above conditions are not satisfied, student conduct charges will be filed and the student account will be billed for full room and board charges for the entire academic year. 

Applying for Commuter Status

Students wishing to commute to Butler will fill out the "Commuter Request" application in the housing application that will go live for returning students on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 and for new first-year students on Monday, March 16th, 2020.

Butler University's Residency Requirement 

All first-year students not living at home with a parent or legal guardian are required to live in one of the University residence halls. All sophomore and junior students not living at home with a parent or legal guardian, including those affiliated with a Greek organization, will be required to live in University housing or an approved Greek housing unit of which the student is a member. The Department of Residence Life must approve exceptions to this policy, or requests to live at home as a commuter student, in advance.