Off Campus Living and Lottery

Updated for 2016-2017 Housing Process

Middlebury is a residential college and requires full-time students to live on campus while they are enrolled. Therefore students are guaranteed housing for four years at Middlebury.  However, the College does provide the option for a limited number of Senior students to apply to live off campus.  In order to provide a fair approach for approving students to live off campus a lottery is conducted each semester for the following term.  Students may apply as individuals or in groups of up to eight. Students with official college discipline may not apply to live off campus or be included in an off campus group application.

Please note that as there is a lottery process, applications are not guaranteed to be approved.  Students should not make any off campus housing arrangements, or sign a lease until they have received final approval from the College.  Making premature arrangements does not ensure approval.  Students approved to live off-campus receive a fee reduction for living, and if they choose, eating off campus. 

Students approved for off campus housing must make their own housing arrangements and are required to provide details on where they are living and who owns the property.

It is a violation of College policy for students to reside off campus without prior approval.  Applicants must be free from official college discipline.

Superblock, Social and Interest House House Members

Students who have committed to filling a bed in a campus housing unit, i.e. Social House, Interest House or SuperBlock, are only eligible for off campus housing if other students have previously been identified to fill their spot on the roster by the stipulated deadline.

  • Eligible students receive an email from Residential Systems Coordinator (RSC) Karin Hall-Kolts, outlining the process for an upcoming lottery. 
  • Students are approved for an academic year.  Students approved for Spring Term off campus housing must notify the RSC by the posted deadline whether they wish to continue living off campus or return to on-campus housing in the following fall.
  • Students who plan to continue living off campus are required to submit a new fee reduction rate form by the posted deadline via email to the RSC.  Any request to make a change in a meal plan must be made via email to the RSC by the student.

There are two lotteries held each year for spaces on the off campus housing roster; one in the spring for Fall Term housing and another in the fall for Spring Term housing. Dates for the Spring 2016 lottery process for new Fall Term applicants are as follows:

  • Renewals Forms from Spring Term: February 14
  • Application Available: January 22
  • Application Deadline:  February 5
  • Lottery: February 16, 4:00 p.m. - Crossroads

Students who have received final approval for Special Student status are required to live off campus and are not a part of the lottery.

All students approved to live off campus are required to complete and submit an FileOff-Campus Housing Contract and a Fee Reduction form. Off-Campus students are required to provide landlord contact information to the RSC as well as their local off campus housing location and phone number.  They are also obligated to enter and update their address and phone information in SSB as needed. This is as much for security concerns, as it is to maintain lines of communication between students and the College. Students who fail to do so may be required to move back into on-campus housing. Special and 9th Semester Students must also complete their SSB Off Campus Housing page.

Off-Campus Accountability

Students will be held accountable for policy violations that take place between the time they first arrive on campus to begin their Middlebury program and their graduation, or the College's confirmation of their withdrawal. Conduct that takes place on or near Middlebury College premises or property; occurs at or in connection with a Middlebury College-related event; or occurs off-campus but adversely affects or could reasonably be expected to adversely affect the Middlebury College community and/or the pursuit of its objectives, is subject to the College disciplinary process. (College Handbook)

Therefore, Middlebury College policy will be enforced when the actions of students residing off-campus or the actions of their guests prompt a community member to contact the College or a law enforcement agent or Middlebury College Public Safety to respond to the residence as a follow up to a complaint or after observing illegal activity.

Fee Reductions

Full-time Off Campus Housing students receive a fee reduction for living, and if they choose, eating off campus.  Fee reduction rates are newly established each year.  The reduction is applied directly to a student's college bill.  All questions regarding fee reductions should be directed to the Student Financial Services office - email - 802-443-5158.