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Off-Campus Living

Off-Campus Living

Welcome to the Office of Residential Life and Education off-campus page. If you have any questions please email our office at or call 402-826-8111.

Here you will find all the information you need about living off-campus:

  • Application and Appeals process
  • Residency Policy
  • Resources available in Crete and Lincoln


Off-campus applications are only available online through our eRezLife system. Before applying for off-campus housing, please review our residency policy information to find out which exemption would be the best for you. If you have any questions about the application process or the off-campus exceptions, please contact us at

eRezLife Link

Notarized Commuter Exemption Form Link

Appeal Process

Students may request reconsideration of an exemption decision within three (3) business days after receiving notification of the decision. All requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Residential Life and Education. Any appeals decisions made by the Director of Residential Life and Education will be considered final.

Residency Policy

Doane University Off-Campus Living Exceptions

  • Academic

    • Students who have successfully completed 90 credits by the end of the spring semester are welcome to apply for this off-campus exemption. Credits will be verified with the Registrar’s Office.
  • Commuter

    • Students who are commuting from the home of their parent/guardian within forty (40) miles of Doane University are eligible to apply for this exemption. Students applying under this exemption must provide the following documents with their application.
      • A Notarized Commuting Form signed by their parent/guardian.
      • A copy of your valid Driver's License or State ID for proof of address.
  • Child and Marriage

    • Students with a dependent child or students who are married are eligible for this exemption. Proof of dependency and/or a marriage certificate should be provided with their application.
  • Study Abroad

    • Students who are studying abroad outside of the US for the fall semester.
  • Student Teaching

    • Criterion applies only if the student teacher is assigned to a non-Crete school.
  • Extenuating Circumstances

    • Students with truly extenuating circumstances may apply under this exemption. These requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Additional documentation may be requested for an all-encompassing review. Previous approvals have included:
      • Significant prior independent living
      • Military involvement
    • Medical requests will be reviewed in coordination with the ADA Coordinator, however, are not typical exceptions.
    • Financial aid is not a basis for off-campus eligibility.