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Housing Agreement Cancellation, Termination, and Financial Liability Information

Housing Agreement cancellations have a direct impact on the University’s housing operations because the budget for housing operations is derived entirely from operating revenue under the Housing Agreements. The Housing Agreement is similar to other consumer contracts. Its value is that the agreement terms provide conditions to which either party is assured compliance by the other. While many consumer contracts do not provide opportunities for a party to terminate the agreement, the Housing Agreement does provide for termination but only in accordance with the specific reasons listed in the Terms of Occupancy.

Any resident who cancels or terminates their housing agreement loses priority for future housing on campus. Housing is only guaranteed for the first academic semester of a newly admitted student or for students who remain living on campus and participate in returning student renewal application processes each year. Students who had housing during or the semester prior who take a documented medical leave through the university, participate in an SBU external study, or U.S. military leave will retain eligibility to return to housing on the first semester they return to classes on campus. All other students will have to join a waiting list if they are interested in housing in the future.

Housing reservation cancellations and agreement terminations can occur under the following conditions:



Moving out of housing and terminating your agreement early: 

If a resident chooses to vacate their room assignment and turn in their room key, they will end their housing agreement but continue to be financially liable for the remainder of that agreement. For more information about Financial Liability, please refer to the Terms of Occupancy .

There are limited reasons why someone who terminates their agreement by moving out may be released from the financial responsibility at the time of check-out or between housing semesters.

All reasons not covered below are not eligible for release from their agreement. Students will continue to be fully financially liable for their housing agreement charges until the end of the agreement period. Graduate and Family agreement charges will continue to be applied monthly until the end of the agreement period. Undergraduate agreement charges for Spring will be applied in December or mid-February based on the student's date of check-out in fall semester and when spring charges are initially applied to the student’s account.