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My son's college has a 3 year residency requirement. The

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My son's college has a 3 year residency requirement. The first year students live on campus in dorms. Sophomore and Junior years students are forced to live off campus in a private apartment complex. The rates are outrageously expensive. Three times the dorm rate. There is no alternative housing available. My question is can the college force him to live off campus in a privately owned complex in conflict with there own "on-campus" residency requirement? As a side note, the university recently demolished two dorm buildings creating the lack of rooms for current students. The university has a contract with the complex saying that they will pay for any unrented units.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 1 year ago.

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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.