Requests to switch to Commuter status are accepted in the spring for the following academic year. If you meet the eligibility requirements to commute from your parent/guardian’s home, you may apply for permission by submitting a Commuter application in MyHousing between mid-February and April 1st.
Eligibility for Commuter Status
The College defines a commuter student as an individual who commutes daily (i.e. every day, not occasionally or periodically) from his or her permanent home. “Permanent home” is defined as the domicile where one or both of the student’s parent/guardians live. A family-owned apartment or house that is not the primary residence does not qualify as the permanent home.
Individual students with non-traditional circumstances (married, caring for a dependent child, non-traditional age, etc.) may use the Commuter Status Request process to request permission from the Director of Residence Life to live off-campus.
Please consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine the impact of being a commuter student on your aid package. Commuter students, unless they reside with their parents on College Hill, are not eligible for a Residential Parking Permit through the City of Easton.
Initiating the Request
To initiate a new request for Commuter Student Status, submit a Commuter Status Request in MyHousing by the stated deadline. Residence Life staff may verify the commuter request information with your parent(s). Upon final verification, your commuter status will be confirmed in writing by the Residence Life Office. If verification is not obtained, you will be expected to participate in the housing lottery or secure housing through another established process.
Returning to College Housing
Commuter status is a permanent change: you do not need to reapply each year. If you wish to change your commuter status in a future year/term, you will be assigned through the WaitList process. You will not be eligible to participate in any Housing Assignment or Lottery processes.
Unethical Behavior and Commuter Status
In establishing the procedures outlined above, Lafayette College desires to provide a fair and equal opportunity to those students who legitimately will be commuting to the College during the academic year. Those students who attempt to manipulate these procedures, with or without the assistance of parents, so as to violate these procedures, will be regarded in violation of the College’s Code of Conduct. Students will be subject to disciplinary action by the College. Furthermore, students who are found to be breaching their commuter status agreement will be assessed the housing fee for each semester in which such breach has occurred. A student who signs a lease for any facility other than his/her permanent home shall be regarded as living off-campus without permission and subject to sanctions.