Spring on the York College campus

Residency Requirement

York College of Pennsylvania is a four-year residential college. As such, all first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are required to live on campus, unless they are enrolled as a commuting student. This includes transfer and readmitted students. Commuters are those students who reside from the home of their parent/guardian within a 35-mile radius of the campus and reside at their legal residence.

December graduates requesting housing for one semester are not guaranteed, and applications will be reviewed based on space.

Housing Options at York College

  • Housing Contract

    Housing Contract

    York College Housing Contract

    This contract is for the academic year, or summer sessions, whichever is applicable, or any prorated portion thereof. This contract does not provide housing during recess periods. At the end of the academic year, each student must check out, return room key(s), and remove all belongings from the room.

    Students may apply for an exemption from the residency requirement; if the extenuating circumstances are deemed eligible for appeal. Please contact the Office of Residence Life for more information.

    Violations of the Housing Policy (on and off-campus) shall be adjudicated through the College student conduct process. We encourage all students to be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding occupancy and safety. These ordinances vary according to the municipality in which the home/apartment is located. Contact the local borough or township office for ordinances that apply to that locality.



  • Off-Campus Process

    Off-Campus Process

    Students may apply to live off-campus, with the authorization of the Office of Residence Life, in a dwelling unit which is not the domicile of a parent/guardian if:

    1. they pay their housing deposit and complete their housing application for the upcoming academic year,
    2. they fill out and complete an off-campus application (applications will be reviewed by credits earned, with priority given to those who have earned the most),
    3. they are in good academic standing (eligible to be full-time without restriction or probation),
    4. they are in good discipline standing – student conduct records will be reviewed,
    5. the dwelling unit they plan to live in must be licensed by the City of York or relevant municipality,
    6. they complete an online educational course regarding off-campus housing policies and expectations,
    7. they confirm in writing their understanding that York College of Pennsylvania does not warrant the suitability or safety of the off-campus dwelling unit they plan to occupy and that the student is responsible to ascertain that the unit is suitable, safe, and in compliance with applicable law.

    Not all students that apply will receive permission to live off-campus. We discourage students from signing leases until they have been granted permission from the Office Residence Life to reside off-campus. Please see the Off-Campus Application Process section in the Student Handbook for full procedures.

    Students who are approved to live off-campus or commute will have their scholarships and financial aid affected; students must consult with the Office of Financial Aid and acknowledge this change as part of their approval to live off-campus or commute. ​


    Who is eligible to apply for off-campus status?

    Students who earn at least 85 credits by the end of Fall 2023 may apply to live off-campus for the 2024-2025 academic year. Students interested in applying for off-campus housing approval must complete all of the following:

    • Pay their housing deposit and complete the housing application for the 2024-2025 academic year.
    • Complete the off-campus application, available Feb. 1 - Feb. 16.
    • Be in good academic standing.
    • Be in good student conduct standing, and have no overdue sanctions.
    • Complete an online educational program regarding off-campus living and expectations.


    When can I sign a lease?

    We strongly discourage students from signing leases off campus until they receive approval for release from campus housing. Students who sign a lease and do not receive approval will not be released from the College Residence Requirement.


    How likely is it that I will be released from the College Residence Requirement?

    Usually, there are more students who apply and are eligible than will be released. Being released is not guaranteed. As the number of new and current residents changes every year, our office cannot make this determination ahead of time.


    Can I still apply if I do not have enough earned credits to be considered a senior? 

    No. The application will only be available to students who have successfully earned the specified number of credits by the end of the Fall semester. You will continue through the on-campus room selection/lottery process.


    What happens if I miss the application deadline?

    Applications may not be submitted after the deadline and will not be accepted as students are expected to meet all published deadlines.  Information regarding the process and all deadlines are emailed to all current on-campus students, posted on residence hall bulletin boards, and are shared during the housing information sessions.

  • Commuter Process

    Commuter Process

    On-campus students wishing to commute from the domicile of a parent/guardian must request to do so through the application process, which is usually due in March of the current academic year. They must also live within 35 miles of York College of Pennsylvania. If a request is made after the published deadline, you may be denied.

    The Office of Student Activities and Orientation operates our Commuter Relations programming. Visit their webpage for information about:

    • Commuter Meal Plans and Dining Options
    • Parking Passes and Locations
    • Commuter Lounge and On-Campus Study Spaces
    • Activites and Involvement Opportunities for Commuters
    • ...and much more! 


Contact Us
Residence Life
Iosue Student Union Building, Room 307
Phone: 717.815.1281
Fax: 717.849.1644

Semester Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours (May-August)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Emergencies: Contact Campus Safety at (717) 815-1314