Applying for Residency
Cumberland requires freshmen students to live in a residence hall unless they receive documented exemption from the Office of Residence Life. For the purposes of housing, a freshman is defined as any first time entering freshman student attempting nine (9) credit hours or more, any freshman with college experience (advanced placement, dual credit, etc.), and/or any transfer student with less than 30 hours earned.
How to Apply
To apply for residency you should complete the Residence Application. Your application aids the Office of Residence Life with roommate assignments. These assignments are more successful when you complete the application rather than your parent or guardian.
Included in this form, you’ll find your housing application, emergency contact information, housing contract, and information about paying your housing deposit fees.
Application and fees must be received prior to assignments being made. Housing contracts must be signed by the incoming student in order to be considered accepted.
Assignments are made based on the date your housing deposit is paid. Housing assignments for the fall semester are available after July 1st. Assignments for incoming spring semester students are available after December 1st.
Priority Residence Life Deadlines
Fall Applicants - April 1st
Spring Applicants - November 15th
Residence Hall Application Fee - $50
Residence Hall Security Deposit – required before move-in - $200
Failure to attend mandatory Residence Hall meeting - $25
There are exceptions that can be made for students to live off campus. A student may petition to live off-campus for one of the following:
You are 23 years of age
Requires a copy of a federal/state identification with date of birth
You are married
Requires a copy of marriage certificate
You have children or are expecting a child
Requires a copy of birth certificate or sonogram photo
You live with your parent/guardian/immediate family member within thirty (30) driving miles from the school
Requires a signed letter from the family member/guardian giving the physical address, daytime phone number, and nighttime phone number for the family member/guardian
In the event a student requests to live off campus for other reasons than those listed above, the student may petition for a waiver. The waiver is reviewed by a committee and a determination made whether to grant the petition or not.
CU is committed to achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation for persons with disabilities. Students who need accommodations on campus, including in the classroom and/or residence halls, are encouraged to contact the Office of Disabilities Services to learn about the different reasonable accommodations available and the process for obtaining such accommodations.
If you require special accommodations in the residence halls due to a disability, please continue the registration process with the Office of Disability Services for full consideration by the following priority deadlines:
Fall Semester : July 15th
Spring Semester: November 15th
Have questions? We have answers.
Check out our Residence Life FAQs.
Contact Us. We’re here to help
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about all student life has to offer, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help you make your college experience fun and memorable at Cumberland University.
The Office of ResidenceLife is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm CST. Please contact the Residence Life Office at 615-453-6348 or email email@example.com.