​Exchange students have the option to live in the Purdue Residence Halls or Apartments/Cooperative Housing. For Purdue Residence Halls students will apply online. Finding an apartment or a cooperative house requires some time and patience to search for what is available. 

Residence Halls

Harrison Hall Residence Hall at Purdue

Students apply online after they are admitted. A nonrefundable processing fee is charged. Students should apply early or by the stated deadline since residence halls are in great demand. The housing contract is valid for the academic year. An exchange student at Purdue just for the fall semester can notify the residence hall’s main office after arrival to terminate in December. Spring semester or calendar year students will have housing contracts just for the spring semester. Once a housing contract is signed, students cannot get out of it and must pay. The campus housing charges will begin the day students check-in during orientation. Students pay their room and board fees directly to the bursar’s office according to the payment schedule chosen by the student on the housing contract. Residence halls are within walking distance of the academic buildings, offer meal plans so students do not have to cook, do not require additional payment for utilities, and offers countless opportunities to meet new people and participate in hall activities. Students living in residence halls are subject to residence halls rules and regulations, sometimes limited space, and may have to share a bedroom. Most residence halls also do not have kitchen facilities. Several housing choices are offered with each room being furnished with beds, desks, chairs, lamp, and closet. 

Cooperative Housing

Students who want to experience group living at a more reasonable price can pursue the Cooperative Housing option. There are five houses for men and seven houses for women. All twelve houses operate on the principles of cooperative living with all residents working together to manage each house for the benefit of each other. Cooperative housing is the least expensive housing system at Purdue. Each house has between 15 and 50 members who share responsibilities such as cleaning and preparing meals. Vacancies are occasionally available and exchange students can apply as boarders to any of the cooperative housing units.


There are numerous flats/apartments and rental houses near the Purdue University campus and within the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. Students can search for apartments that have short-term individual leases at the following websites:

Exchange students should search to sublease an apartment for the semester. Many apartments in the Lafayette area have a 9 or 12 month lease. When subleasing, you merely take over another student's lease. Try to find an apartment or rental unit that is within walking distance of the Purdue campus. Try to find an apartment that is already furnished.


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