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COVID-19 Dorm Exemptions - ISU Housing

COVID-19 Dorm Exemptions

If you are concerned about living in University housing due to risks associated with COVID-19 or if most of your classes are scheduled to be online, you do not have to live in University housing for the 2020-21 academic year.


Incoming freshmen and sophomores who would like to be released from their ISU campus housing obligation must apply for an On-Campus Release.


To submit your On-Campus Release Request for the Fall 2020 semester, log into your portal on the ISU Housing Website. Requests should be submitted by July 31, 2020.




  • Contract Cancellation Request: If you have submitted a housing contract and initial payment, you can cancel your housing and meal plan contracts with no penalty. Your initial payment will be credited to your student account. 
  • Exemption Request: If you have not submitted a housing contract and initial payment, but you are required to live on campus, you must submit a housing exemption request.
  • Deadline: Requests should be received by July 31, 2020 by following the steps outlined in the Housing and Dining Portal. Our team will review requests and respond via email within 5 business days. If you do not put in a request by July 31, 2020, we will expect that you plan to live in ISU housing.


This information was obtained from the Illinois State University Housing website at 7/6/2020 9:45AM


Receving an exemption does not mean you must live in off-campus housing -- but now you have that option.


With COVID-19 social distancing measures being in place for the forseeable future, the benefit of having your own bedroom is huge.


When considering whether or not to live on-campus or off-campus, one major factor tends to be pricing.


Check out the info graphic for a comparison of on-campus housing versus an apartment with Young America. On average, you could save hundreds of dollars by living off-campus!


Young America has a housing option for absolutely everyone. With over 130 different locations, we have an apartment that will fit the needs and desires for anyone at any budget.



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The Student Division office will be closed today for the Festival.

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ISU is back and so are we!

Our student office will be re-opening to the public for 

apartment showings starting June, 13 at 11AM.

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ISU Students are able to apply for DORM exemptions! 


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Closing early 7/21!

We will be closing our offices at 3:30 PM on Thursday, July 21st. We will reopen at 8:30 AM on Friday, July 22nd! 

Student Department Fully Pre-Leased

YA Student Department is fully Pre-Leased for the 2022-23 school year. Please contact us for sublease opportunities. Open Leasing for 2023-2024 school year will be October 5th, 2022.

Student Office Closed 7/30

Our student office will be closed Saturday, July 30th due to the parking lot being resurfaced. We will re-open Monday, August 1st at 8:30 AM.

Festival YA 8/30

Join us at Festival YA!

Tuesday, August 30th from 11am-3pm

216 W. Mulberry (Kensington Suites)

Giveaways include: Bears Tickets, Cubs Tickets, Harry Styles Tickets, and more!

Front Office Closed 8/30!

Our student office will be closed to the public on Tuesday, August 30th for Festival YA!

Please contact our office by phone at 309-454-2338.

Come join us at 216 W. Mulberry! (Kensington Suites)

Last day to renew!

Today is the last day to exclusively renew your unit for the 2023-24 school year. After today, your unit could be signed for by others!

Come in today to renew your apartment, PLUS receive your choice of renewal incentive!*


*offer valid for student properties only

Contact us at 309-454-2338, or [email protected], for more information.

Transfer Days 10/3-10/4

Through Tuesday, October 4th, current YA residents have the exclusive opportunity to transfer to another YA property for the 2023-24 school year!*

*offer valid for student properties only

Open-Leasing is here!

Leasing is now open to the general public!


Contact us today to set up a tour!


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Security Deposit Special!


Get $300 off your security deposit!* (Residential units only)


*offer valid for approved applicants who move in prior to 12/22/2022