The University seeks to foster a spirit of community, benefiting from the full participation of each campus citizen. The student and the community are best served when the student is available to be involved in campus activities. Experience confirms that students who reside on campus are more likely to be fully engaged in their educational experiences, more likely to establish strong interpersonal relationships, and more likely to learn from group and interpersonal interaction.
To maximize the University experience, all unmarried undergraduates 20 years of age and under are required to reside in University housing, unless they live at home with a parent or guardian. Undergraduate students who are at least 21 years old at the beginning of the term, and who have completed two full years of undergraduate study with a satisfactory GPA, may petition the Office of Residence Life for permission to reside off-campus. In addition, students must have a satisfactory record of personal conduct, and valid reasons for living off campus. Graduate students and students at least 22 years of age are not guaranteed University housing and are accommodated on a space-available basis after undergraduates are assigned.
During the summer and January terms, housing is limited to students enrolled at Samford University during the term, or to students required to be in residence to participate in University-approved activities. During fall and spring semesters, housing is limited to full-time students or to part-time students with special needs. On-campus housing is not available to students over 24 years of age, without permission from the Vice President of Student Affairs.