Residential Living Policy

Andrews University is operated as a residential college—all single undergraduate students under age 22 live in a University residence hall (unless living with an approved family member or Andrews faculty or staff member). For details, see the Residential Living Policy below.

Andrews University is operated as a residential college on the undergraduate level. This means that the residential environment plays a significant role in the mission of the University and its efforts to foster the holistic development of each student.

Therefore, all single undergraduate students under 22 years of age who are (1) pursuing an on-campus degree and taking seven or more credits (including distance learning courses) or (2) enrolled in full-time language study must live in one of the University residence halls and participate in a meal plan at the University's cafeteria. Single undergraduate students must be 22 years of age by the first day of a semester in order to be approved to live in the community for that semester.

*Special consideration may be granted for those who turn 22 by September 30 (for fall) and February 10 (for spring).

*Special consideration may be granted for those who are fifth-year seniors (attended four full years—eight fall/spring semesters—at a college/university and have 120+ earned academic credit hours). Students who have served one or two registered semesters as a student missionary or taskforce worker through Andrews University or another Adventist institution may be granted equivalent academic semesters toward fifth-year senior status (with 15 hours of earned academic credit hours per semester) pending recommendation letters from the site Campus Ministries office as well as the site supervisor.

Costs associated with residence hall living are part of the investment in an Andrews University education, thus the Student Life office does not make exceptions to the Residential Living Policy on the basis of financial need.

The ONLY alternatives to residence hall living are as follows and are at the discretion of the Student Life office:

  1. Students may live full-time within the household of a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle or sibling age 22+ within a 55-mile radius of the University under the terms of an approved Community Residential Application.
  2. Students may live full-time with a current, full-time Andrews University faculty or staff member (generally a Seventh-day Adventist in good and regular standing) within a 55-mile radius of the University under the terms of an approved Community Residential Application.

A Community Residential Application may be obtained online at The parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, sibling age 22+ or current, full-time faculty/staff member must sign the application and is required to upload a copy of their current Michigan or Indiana driver's license as proof of local residency.

*If applying to live with an aunt/uncle, a student must submit written documentation from a parent to verify that the aunt/uncle is the biological sister/brother of the parent.

Returning residential students under age 22 who meet the criteria for community living must submit the application for approval prior to the semester of their expected move. Submitting an application before the deadline does not mean it is approved. The associate dean for Campus & Student Life will respond to all applications within two weeks of submission or according to the designated timeline (see below).

Semester expected to move Application deadline Response by
Fall Semester July 1 July 15
Spring Semester November 1 November 15

Please note the additional conditions of this policy:

  1. A "parent" is a student's biological parent or legal step-parent. A "grandparent" is a biological parent of a student's parent.  An "aunt" or "uncle" is a biological sister or brother of a student's parent. While the University understands the custom of addressing a close family friend as "aunt," "uncle," etc., the University, as it relates to the Residential Living Policy, only honors biological family relationships.
  2. In keeping with the older student community environment, a student under age 22 will not be approved to live with their age 22+ sibling in University Towers.
  3. To be eligible for community housing, students must be in good and regular standing and evidence a willingness to abide by the expectations of Andrews University at the time of application.
  4. Students living in the community or University Apartments are expected to abide by the standards and codes of conduct outlined in the "Student Handbook."
  5. Under the terms of the Community Residential Application, the parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, sibling age 22+ or faculty/staff member must agree to live on a daily basis in the same household as the student (students must not live in a separate apartment or basement apartment with a different entrance) and to notify Student Life of any changes of address, conduct concerns, irregularities or any concern that impacts the welfare of the student.  The host is requried to present their current Michigan or Indiana driver's license as proof of local residencey (address iwthin a 55-mile radius of Andrews University).
  6. A sibling age 22+ who will act as the household guardian for a student under the age of 22 will be requested to submit a copy of their signed lease and proof of local employment or enrollment in classes and may be asked to provide other documentation (such as copy of bills).  The older sibling must be listed as a lesee (tenant) on the lease agreement submitted.  
  7. A parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, sibling age 22+ or faculty/staff member who owns or rents more than one residence may not divide their time between residences during the school year.
  8. Application for living in the community must be made each academic year.
  9. Students are strongly advised not to make contractual agreements or financial commitments in the community before receiving full approval from Student Life for community living. Student Life is not responsible for these choices or consequences.  All notifications (approval or otherwise) will be sent on behalf of the assistant to the vice president for Student Life to the student’s Andrews University email address. Students should NOT assume approval before receiving notification of approval.
  10. Students who make false statements to the University on a Community Residential Application jeopardize their student status and ability to reside in the community—additional consequences and/or fines may apply.
  11. Students who wish to request alternate housing arrangements due to a disability or to a chronic health condition should contact the disability services coordinator, Kristine Fraser, at Student Success (269-471-3227). All requests for housing accommodations should be made no later than July 1 (for fall semester), November 15 (for spring semester), and March 15 (for summer semester). After these dates, housing accommodations will be granted as space allows or for a future semester. Andrews University will make every attempt to provide reasonable accommodations within on-campus housing facilities for students with documented disabilities or chronic health conditions.

Revised for the 2024-2025 academic year