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Residence Life

Housing Cancellation

Students may petition to be released from a completed housing contract due to unforeseen changes in financial status or a medical or psychological accommodation that is not able to be supported on campus. Students must complete a Contract Release Request form to be considered.

All appropriate documentation and completed form must be emailed to reslife@mx.lakeforest.edu. No exceptions will be made for forms that have been turned in with incomplete information. Requests are reviewed by a committee and decisions are rendered within 10 business days. Please note that cancellation fees may apply.


If a student has been released from their contract or is departing campus for another reason, they will need to schedule a checkout time with their Resident Director or Resident Assistant. When a check-out date has been set, the student is required to follow the check-out procedures outlined in the Student Handbook. The student is responsible for any and all room condition and check out charges (if applicable) which will be charged to the student’s Lake Forest College student account.  

Off-campus study programs

Approved off-campus program for Spring

If you have been approved and intend to participate in an off-campus study abroad program for Spring, you must complete a Housing Cancellation Application before December 1 to avoid any penalty charges.

Approved off-campus program for Fall

If you have been approved and intend to participate in an off-campus study abroad program for Fall, you are not eligible to select a room during room selection. You will receive information at your pre-departure meeting before leaving for your program about housing for the semester of your return to campus.