Off Campus Housing and Lottery

Updated for 2015-2016 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 three.  

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.

  • Eligible students receive an email from Residential Systems Coordinator (RSC) Karin Hall-Kolts.) advising them of application and the process. 
  • Seniors are approved on a per-semester basis for off campus housing.
  • Students must renew their status for the following term by submitting an updated Fee Reduction Renewal form by the designated deadline.
  • Students who fail to meet the deadline may lose the privilege of residing off campus for the following term; have their name removed from the roster; be expected to return to housing on campus; and would be housed at the discretion of the RSC during either the Summer Draw process (Fall Term) or End of Term Housing process (Spring Term).

The Spring Term 2016 Renewal Form Deadline will be late October 2015. Students who are eligible will receive an email with a link to the form, which they should promptly complete and return to ensure continuation of off-campus housing into the next term.   Off campus students are required to communicate with the RSC about their intentions either way by the posted deadline. 


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 Fall 2015 lottery process for new Spring Term applicants are as follows:

  • Application Available: October 16
  • Application Deadline:  October 30
  • Lottery: November 2, 4:00 p.m. - Service Bldg Conference Rm 209

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 Off-Campus Housing Contract and a Fee Reduction form. Off-Campus students are also required to provide the RSC, with their local off campus housing location and a contact phone number, and to update their information when necessary. 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. It is also advisable for Special and 9th Semester Students to provide the RSC with their contact information.

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.