Requirements for Off-Campus Commuters

The number of off-campus commuters is limited each semester by Westmont to comply with governmental restrictions, so some students who wish to live off-campus are not allowed to do so (see Off-Campus Commuting for more information).

Any student who wishes to reside off-campus locally [on their own] and commute must make a definitive request for each semester to do so, and the request for each semester must be approved and granted by Housing in order for it to become a confirmed housing assignment.

  1. Requests for off-campus are made in a specific manner, depending upon the time of year. During the period of housing sign-ups in the Spring semester, the ONLY way for current students to request to live off-campus for the following academic year is by the Request for Off-Campus online form. After the period of housing sign-ups, students must contact the Housing Office by email to request it.
  2. Current students who wish to reside off-campus for the following year are required to attend an Off-Campus Living Workshop on December 8 or 9, 2014 , or March 10 or 11, 2015 . The March workshops will take place at Winter Hall from 9:00-10:00PM. Students who aleady reside off-campus are not required to attend, unless they have been specifically asked to do so. Students who plan to study away-abroad during the Spring semester should plan to attend one of the December workshops if they wish to reside off-campus next year.
  3. Requests for off-campus precede requests for college housing in the residence halls during the period of housing sign-ups in the Spring semester.The limit for the number of approved commuters [for each semester] is usually reached during housing sign-ups for next year. Note: some students reserve off-campus for only a single semester due to study-abroad or early graduation plans. Once the limit is reached, subsequent requests are waitlisted. See Waitlists for information on how we manage the waitlists.
  4. The Housing Office reserves the right to approve or not approve a request to reside off-campus. Any student who is not allowed to reside off-campus is required to live on-campus as a condition of enrollment at Westmont.
  5. Commuters are required to provide their local residential location (not a P.O. box) and contact phone number to Housing by the first day of the semester, using the Off-Campus Living Agreement form. As stated on the form, the "living agreement" is not a housing request.
  6. Students who reside off-campus are expected to model the lifestyle and follow the expectations articulated in our Community Life Statement and Community Standards (see Student Handbook). One concern is the potential negative impact on neighbors by events or parties which are noisier than what is acceptable within the neighborhood. Governmental authorities and Westmont will hold off-campus commuters responsible for any negative consequences attributed to their guests or events. Hosts must ensure that no one under 21 years of age consumes alcohol at the residence, and that no one 21 years of age or older drinks excessively. Disciplinary action for such violations includes the full range of sanctions, including expulsion.
  7. For sophomores who wish to reside off-campus, transportation to campus may be difficult since the only a limited number of permits are available for sophomores (See Parking > Types of Permits, Limitations of Permits). Living off-campus does not necessarily "improve" one's eligibility for a parking permit. Due to this transportation restriction, the college discourages sophmores from living off-campus on their own. Frankly, it is difficult for sophomores to obtain approval to reside off-campus since the available spots are generally taken by seniors.
  8. Waitlisted requests for off-campus local commuting will be displayed on the Student Profile with this housing code: OCL-W# (the "W" stands for waitlisted, so it is not a confirmed assignment).