Away-Abroad Students (Planning for Fall)
Make fall housing plans in advance
Students going away-abroad, through programs coordinated by the Off-Campus Programs Office, should consider their housing plans for their anticipated return as early as possible. This is particularly important for those who wish to reside off-campus locally and commute because:
- Requests to live off-campus are considered earlier than requests to live in college housing
- Westmont limits the number of off-campus commuters.
- Students must complete some requirements prior to requesting off-campus. See Requirements for Commuters.
Request to be an off-campus local/commuter
Students who plan to be away-abroad for either the Fall or Spring semester may request off-campus commuting for the other semester in the upcoming academic year during the Housing Sign-Ups for Next Year before the March online request deadline. In fact, students may reserve for both semesters, in the event their plans to study away-abroad are not confirmed by the time of housing sign-ups. Of course, once a student's plan to study away-abroad is confirmed by the Off-Campus Programs Office, a reservation to be an off-campus commuter for that particular semester would be cancelled by the Housing Office.
Students who are away-abroad during the spring semester should request to reside off-campus for the subsequent Fall and/or Spring semester(s) by submitting the online request for off-campus by the DEADLINE: March 16, 2015. IMPORTANT: there is NO proxy authorization allowed for off-campus requests. Each student who wishes to request off-campus must submit his or her own online request and attend to the requirements for such a request.
Go to Off-Ccmpus Local/Commuting Sign-Ups for the request form and important information.
Request to live in college housing
The requirement to fill a room or apartment in order to reserve it is in force throughout housing sign-ups. Students who are away-abroad during the spring semester may request campus housing for the fall semester in several ways (see Housing Sign-Ups for Next Year). It is important to observe the timeline, deadlines and written requirements for various options. More importantly, away-abroad students should arrange for one or more friends to request their college housing during the Housing Selection event (see Proxy Authorization).
Away-abroad students who wish to reserve an Ocean View (OV) apartment for the fall semester (OV is managed as college housing) may be able to participate in squatter's rights with a current Ocean View resident. A second way to reserve an apartment is by online application for Ocean View. A third way is by authorizing a student on campus (see Proxy Authorization) to choose housing on behalf of the student away-abroad during the Housing Selection event in April.
Away-abroad students who wish to reside in a college residence hall may participate in a group for Squatters Rights, use the proxy option, or submit an online Group Request. Since we do not make any individual housing reservations during housing sign-ups, away-abroad students who are not part of a grouping may submit the Request for Specific Location to indicate some location preferences. Individuals will be assigned fall housing during the summer.
View your housing and meal plan information
The earliest opportunity to view confirmed fall housing assignments is in March and April because most fall housing reservations are made during our annual housing sign-ups. Housing is confirmed by being posted online at the Student Profile, and those approved to reside off-campus will have the housing code "OCL" listed as an "assignment." When off-campus is approved after the conclusion of housing sign-ups in March/April, the Housing Office will also confirm it by email.
Away-abroad students who reserve a room with current residents through Squatters Rights with the Resident Directors (RDs) may have their assignment affirmed in person by the RD, but it will be posted online at a later date. Students who are able to reserve an Ocean View apartment through the application process may have their housing assignment affirmed in person by the OV-RD, but it will be posted online at a later date.