ALL undergraduate students are required to live on-campus in a University-owned or controlled facility unless they apply properly and receive final written approval from Housing Services to reside off-campus or commute from home (with a parent or guardian in residence).



Phase One is an on-line process consisting of a brief application, a short quiz, and an information waiver.

Rising seniors (students who will be seniors in 2019-20) will begin the process in late September 2018. All submissions are date/time stamped and will be entered into a pool of applicants.

If the number of application requests exceeds the quota to reside off-campus, a random lottery will be used to select the necessary number. Remaining students will be kept in this random number order for future consideration. There are NO guarantees that complete applications will receive final approval from Housing Services.

** DO NOT SIGN A LEASE in advance of receiving final permission. **




The conduct record of each applicant is reviewed.

A second review of Greek Letter affiliation will identify eligible members. All allotted spaces for Greek Letter organization house and suite spaces must be filled to capacity prior to any members receiving final approval to live off-campus. Final permission for Greek affiliated student is not likely to happen until early March.




Once all phases are successfully completed, your application will be considered "complete". However, a complete application DOES NOT INDICATE APPROVAL. Do not sign a lease prior to receiving final written approval from housing services.

Housing Services will be in correspondence with you via email. Detailed information will be contained in the emails.

If you are granted initial permission to live off-campus, you must respond as outlined in the emails and by the deadlines given.




Below is sample content of a final written approval email that will be sent to students granted final approval to live off campus for the specified academic year. Within the body of the email are specific guidelines and requirements that are time sensitive with deadlines.

Hello (Name),

Congratulations, thanks to your randomly generated lottery number, you have been granted Full Approval to live off-campus for the 2019-20 year. Your next steps will be as follows:

– Begin looking for possible housemates for the 2019-20 year. Only students who have completed the application process and been given a lottery number will be eligible for approval. Please remember that any students belonging to a Greek Letter Organization will only be considered Conditionally Approved until the final Greek Housing Rosters are submitted. If the student has not been placed in a Greek Letter space or listed on the organization's roster page, they will be given Full Approval.

– Begin looking for viable rental units as found on our Off-campus map. Remember that only spaces on the map will be considered viable units.

– Once everyone in your group has been granted Full Approval, you can sign a lease. Please provide a hard copy of your lease by no later than Feb. 1, 2019. Completed copies of your lease can be dropped off at Housing Services in room 126 of Vedder Hall.

Please remember that as the controlling number for your group, you have a responsibility to act honestly. Once a controlling number has signed a lease and agreed to live in a specific space, they must stay there. Students attempting to defraud the process will have their approval revoked, along with the approval of the other members of the group. Actions like selling or trading your lottery number, attempting to use your lottery number multiple times, or signing a lease with a group and then backing out of that lease in order to sign with another group act against the spirit of the process and can result in the loss of final approval for all involved.

If the controlling number of a group withdraws from the university, the remaining members of the group will retain their Full Approval and have the opportunity to bring in a substitute from the eligible applicants.

Be aware that Full Approval can be rescinded if a student withdraws from the university or engages in a conduct violation where revoked permission is deemed an appropriate sanction.

If you have decided that you no longer wish to live off campus, please respond to this email by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 to be able to participate in Room Selection. Non-response to this email or response after deadlines will jeopardize your off-campus living application "approved" status and on-campus living options.

Please recognize that your approval to live off campus is a privilege which also carries responsibilities. Should any violations of student code of conduct or law be brought to the attention of the university you may be sanctioned according to the student handbook. In addition to any formal criminal sanction you may be liable for Bucknell sanctioning ranging from written warnings, Bucknell or community service, probation, suspension or expulsion from the University.