Housing Exemption Requests

Residency requirement

An essential part of the University’s approach to providing a unique and unparalleled experience is the development of a community spirit amongst its’ undergraduate student population. Central to this is our ‘residency requirement,’ encouraging students to live with one another in their first year at AUP.

All entering first-year students are required to be housed in AUP-approved housing for their first year. Transfer students, as well as non-first-year visiting students may opt-in or out of our incoming undergraduate housing offering. Transfer students who opt-in and reserve one of our housing options commit to the full year of housing, while visitors commit to the entirety of their stay (one semester or one year). By sharing a home with fellow classmates, you are able to take advantage of AUP’s rich cultural diversity right from the start of your experience here.

AUP-approved housing options are carefully designed to ease your integration into Paris and to help you to initiate social links, creating a sense of community amongst you and your classmates.


Exemption policy

Students who are over 21 years of age, who are legally married, or who can demonstrate that they have a residence in Ile-de-France at least six months prior to enrollment, may request exemption from this residency requirement. In this case, you are required to submit the following documents to the Housing Office:

  • Passport or ID card copy if over 21 years of age by the first day of orientation
  • Marriage license from the country of origin
  • Proof of address in the form of a lease, rent receipt, or utility bill in the student’s or family member’s name, dated at least six months prior to the student’s start date at AUP. In the event that your proof of address is not in your name, please provide a copy of the ID card of the person you live with, as well as a short signed letter explaining how they are related to you and stating that they will be housing you for your first year of studies. We will evaluate this and respond to your request accordingly.

The University may also grant an exemption for medical reasons. Please send a written request detailing your medical situation along with a physician’s reference letter.

Deadlines for exemption requests are May 8 for the fall semester, and November 15 for the spring semester. If you confirm your attendance with AUP after those dates, you must file for exemption no more than 5 (five) business days after your confirmation of attendance.

PLEASE NOTE: students who have not reserved their housing or been granted an exemption before the aforementioned deadlines will not be allowed to register for University courses.