Off-Campus Commuting

Westmont students may not reside off-campus locally on their own and commute to campus without approval from the Housing Office, and approval to reside off-campus is rarely granted for all requests. Approval is granted by the semester (not necessarily the entire academic year).

Any returning student may request to reside off-campus, but not all requests are granted because the number of off-campus [local] commuters is limited by Westmont and governmental regulation with Santa Barbara County. Therefore, Westmont cannot guarantee this housing preference. The limitation about off-campus commuting is communicated to incoming students upon entry (i.e. Housing Application), by email notification to current students during the season of housing sign-ups for next year in March and April, and throughout this housing website.

There are several steps to consider for those who wish to reside off-campus:

  1. Off-campus must be requested by the student, or by an authorized proxy for the student during our annual Housing Sign-Ups for Next Year.
  2. The student must have attended an Off-Campus Living Workshop to be eligible. No proxy is allowed for attending a workshop.
  3. Approval to reside off-campus must be granted by Housing.
  4. Students who have been granted off-campus must submit a complete "Off-Campus Living Agreement" and provide their local residence and contact phone information..

Westmont is committed to being a good neighbor in Montecito, and our neighbors have expressed concerns about the impacts of a college community in their midst. Santa Barbara County responded to these concerns by requiring Westmont to operate under a Conditional Use Permit. One of the many conditions is a limit on how many students may reside off-campus locally and commute to campus.Students should not assume they may live off-campus unless such a request has been approved in writing by Housing. We consider it a privilege to be located in this beautiful residential area, and accept the conditions to operate the college here. We limit our commuter population as part of our agreement with the county.

The Housing Office reserves the right to determine all housing assignments (i.e. approve or not approve requests to reside off-campus). Any student who is not allowed to live off-campus is thereby required to reside in college housing as a condition of enrollment. The housing code for off-campus [local] commuting is OCL, and the code for waitlisted requests to live off-campus is distinquished with the letter "W" (OCL-W#). These are the codes recorded on the student profile for confirmed housing assignments or pending requests, respectively.

Every student who wishes to reside off-campus should read Requirements for Commuters to understand the responsibilities involved in off-campus commuting. One of the requirements to be eligible for off-campus local commuting is attending an "Off-Campus Living Workshop" (scheduled twice each semester). Students who reside off-campus are required to submit the "Off-Campus Living Agreement" and provide the Housing Office with their residential location and contact phone number.