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Leave of Absence

Students often take a leave of absence from on-campus housing to live off campus, participate in a study-abroad program or for personal reasons. Those choosing to take such a leave of absence for a certain period of time must complete a housing leave of absence form, indicating on the form how long they intend to be away from housing. Completing this form ensures that your future years of on-campus housing will remain available to you.

If you are a three-year housing guarantee student, you are required to live off campus during your junior year. A leave of absence in any other year cannot be substituted for your mandatory junior year off campus.

Students who take a leave of absence from housing are not guaranteed a specific room assignment upon return. However, preferences will be honored whenever possible.

A leave of absence is complete when:

  • A housing leave of absence form has been electronically submitted to the Office of Residential Life via the Agora portal
  • All personal belongings and unwanted items have been properly removed from the student's housing assignment
  • Any issued keys have been returned directly to the Residential Life central office

A leave of absence between the first and fifth week of classes will be in accordance with the University refund schedule, as published in the Conditions for Residency. No refund is possible after the fifth week of classes.

Housing Withdrawal

Students permanently leaving the university or housing must complete a housing withdrawal form.

Please note: Completion of the housing withdrawal form terminates your status as a resident student at Boston College and removes any remaining housing guarantee that you may have.  If at a future date you wish to return to campus housing, you will have to appeal for housing.

A withdrawal is complete when:

  • A housing withdrawal form has been electronically submitted to the Office of Residential Life via the Agora portal
  • All personal belongings and unwanted items have been properly removed from the student's housing assignment
  • Any issued keys have been returned directly to the Residential Life central office

A withdrawal between the first and fifth week of classes will be in accordance with the University refund schedule, as published in the Conditions for Residency. No refund is possible after the fifth week of classes.

Housing Appeals

Students seeking an additional semester or year of housing must appeal for on-campus housing. All requests for additional housing must be made through the Agora portal.

Please note: The demand for on-campus housing far exceeds availability and as a result our department's ability to grant additional semesters/years of housing is extremely restricted.