Residency Requirement

TAMUCC has a One-Year Residency Requirement!

TAMU-CC is committed to helping Islanders be successful in college! Because of this, most first-year students are required to live on-campus for at least two semesters.

Students who live on campus are more likely to:

  • have a higher GPA
  • be more involved on-campus
  • use campus resources
  • graduate in less time
  • feel a sense of belonging that comes with living on campus

You are automatically exempt from this requirement and do not need to complete the Special Residency Requirement Exemption Form if

  • You graduated from high school more than twelve months of starting classes at the University; or
  • You will be aged 21 or older as of September 1; or
  • Your permanent address is inside of the following counties: Aransas, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, and San Patricio or inside the zip codes 78340 (Bayside) and 78393 (Woodsboro).

If you need to update your student information (permanent address, birthdate, etc.) you can do so here. Please note that students who fail to complete their housing leases or exemptions to the residency requirement approved prior to July 24 will have their fall class schedule deregistered. First-Year Islanders must live at either Miramar on the Island campus or Momentum Village on the Momentum campus. You can find out more information on both properties and submit a housing application here to choose a community and floor plan.

Special Residency Requirement Exemptions

Special exemptions are considered under various circumstances. Living with approved family is most common, but there are other types as well. Please see the grid below to review general considerations and required accompanying documentation that must be uploaded to exemption requests. The Special Residency Exemption Request Form can be found here. All requested documentation will need to be uploaded to this form. An explanation of required documentation is below.

Documentation Required for Special Residency Requirement Exemptions

Click on your reason for exception to view requirements and necessary documentation. Please note that review of complete exemption requests may take up to 15 business days once all required information is received. Please email housing@tamucc.edu if you have a question about the status of your request.

*Students should not sign an off-campus housing lease unless they have approval from Islander Housing to live off-campus. 

The student will be living with an approved family member.

The student must live within the following counties: Aransas, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, and San Patricio and outside the zip codes 78340 (Bayside) and 78393 (Woodsboro).

*You do not need to complete the Special Residency Exemption Request Form if this is your permanent address in SAIL.

The student and parent/guardian/approved relative must:

  1. Complete and sign this Living with Approved Family Affidavit in front of a Notary Public and 
  2. Submit a copy of the parent/guardian/approved relative’s driver’s license showing current address.

*Please note: an approved relative is defined as the student’s parent, legal guardian, aunt, uncle, or grandparent (siblings do not fall into the approved category)

The student has dependent child(aren) under their care.

The student must:

  1. Provide a copy of the dependent child's birth certificate, custody agreement or legal documentation of guardianship. If pregnant, the student must provide a letter from a physician verifying the pregnancy.

The Student has a documented medical disability drastically affecting their ability to live on campus. Most accommodations can be met on campus.

The following information (on official letterhead that is legible, signed, dated, and verifiable) should be provided by a physician and uploaded to the exemption request form. The student must submit the following:

  1. A medical or clinical diagnosis (within the past 60 days) of the disability by a licensed professional in the appropriate area of specialization, clearly defining the impact of the disability on the student’s housing needs.
  2. Observations or recommendations of housing accommodations that would assist Islander Housing in serving the student. Recommended accommodations must be directly related to the disability. 

*Please note: students may register with Disability Services for non-housing related accommodations at disabilityservices.tamucc.edu.

The student has experienced significant change in financial resources and exhausted all financial aid.

The student must complete/submit the following:

  1. Student must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)on file with the TAMU-CC Financial Assistance Office (note: it can take a few weeks for the university to receive FAFSA information);*
  2. Letter outlining significant financial change, as well as any documentation that may support this exemption request.

*Please note: due to FAFSA processing time, this exemption will not be reviewed until after May 1 for Fall.

The student is enrolled in less than twelve (12) credit hours.

Students who are enrolled part-time are not required to live in campus housing and must complete the residency requirement exemption request form. If first-year students increase their course load to a full-time level (12+ hours) they must apply to lease an on-campus housing accommodation. Failure to complete this requirement will result in all classes being dropped until the requirement is met. 

The student is enrolled 100% in online classes.

Students who are only taking online classes are not required to live in campus housing and must complete the residency requirement exemption request form. If first-year students decide to instead take courses that are not designated as 100% online, they must apply to lease an on-campus housing accommodation. Failure to complete this requirement will result in all classes being dropped until the requirement is met. 

The student is taking part in a TAMUCC Study Abroad program.

Students who are taking part in a TAMUCC Study Abroad program are not required to live in campus housing and must complete the residency requirement exemption request form. If first-year students decide to withdraw from a TAMUCC Study Abroad program and enroll full-time, they must apply to lease an on-campus housing accommodation. Failure to complete this requirement will result in all classes being dropped until the requirement is met. 

The student is legally married.

The student must:

  1. Submit a copy of their marriage certificate.

Plan Ahead

Students will not be allowed to register for classes until on-campus housing, or an approved exemption, is finalized.