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If there are no rooms left on campus then it's not a matter of the college "making him" live off campus so much as there is no other choice. There is a distinction there for legal purposes.
So, the answer to your question would be yes. However, it does open them up to potential lawsuits for either a refund of the tuition and a cancellation of the contract or a lawsuit seeking damages for the extra money he has to pay to live there now.
If he wasn't aware of the situation until he had actually committed to the college, turned down other chances, and was faced with a choice of either living there or missing the year then the case is better.