Freshman Residency Requirement

All First-Time Freshmen are required to reside in University Student Housing if enrolled in one or more face-to-face credit hours at Mississippi State University. 

This requirement excludes summer sessions and is applicable unless the student is receives an exemption from the Department of Housing and Residence Life.

First-Time Freshmen who have not applied for Housing, have not requested and received an approved Freshman Residency Exemption, and are found actively taking face-to-face classes in the Fall will be assigned a room and those housing charges will be placed on their student account.

Read more about the Freshman Residency Requirement Policy.


Requests for Freshman Residency Exemption (FRE):

  • All exemption requests must be submitted by the student, none are automatic (ie. Living within 30 miles or over 21 years of age).

  • All exemption requests must include supporting documentation to be considered.

  • Exemption requests for living within 30 miles of campus must include a copy of the parent/guardian's Driver's License as documentation of permanent residency.

  • To apply for Freshmen Residency Exemption on the Housing Portal:

  1. Log in with your MS State NetID and password

  2. Select "Make Changes to My Account" 

  3. Select "Freshman Residency Recruitment Release Form"