Do I have to live on campus?

Southeast Missouri State University has established a requirement that all full-time students (enrolled in at least 12 credit hours) live on campus for two years (four semesters).  In accordance with the residency requirement, all full-time students must live on campus unless they meet at least one of the following criteria for an exemption from the residency requirement:

  • Are living with parents or legal guardian, and commuting from their residence, within a reasonable distance (50 miles) of Cape Girardeau.
  • Are 21 years of age by the beginning of the semester for which they are enrolled.
  • Are a military veteran.
  • Have completed at least 57 credit hours, which are accepted by the University towards earning a degree from Southeast.  Credit hours must be earned as of the beginning of the semester for which the release is requested.
  • Are married and/or have dependent children in residence.
  • Have lived in University housing at Southeast for two years (four semesters, not including summer or winter intersession).


Fax: 573-651-2557
Towers Complex 102
Office of Residence Life
One University Plaza, MS 0055
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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