When accepting a room assignment on campus, each student signs a Housing and Food Service Contract binding them to living on campus for the entire academic year. One purpose of the Housing and Food Service Contract is to ensure maximum usage of available housing facilities. Every effort is made to provide the best possible facilities at a reasonable cost.

Once the semester begins, very few students look for on-campus housing. Therefore, it is difficult to replace residents who leave university housing during the year, and it is for this reason that WPI must insist on complete compliance with the terms of the Housing and Food Service Contract.

Only students who wish to withdraw due to transferring or withdrawing from WPI will not be penalized for breaking their contract.

Community Advisor helping a student on move in day

Contract Release Requests

If a student wishes to break their housing contract the must submit a Request for Contract Release form to Residential Services. Once submitted, the Senior Associate Director will review this request. Contract releases are granted only under rare and extenuating circumstances, and are considered on a case by case basis.

In addition, if a release is approved prior to taking occupancy at the start of Term A, the student will forfeit the advance payment. Students released from their housing contract after taking occupancy will have reduction in charges processed according to WPI's established withdrawal policy.

Contract Cancellation and Termination

The Housing and/or Dining Services Contract may be terminated by WPI in response to the following:

  • Violation of WPI or residence hall regulations or policies
  • Violation of civil laws
  • Conduct or existence of such conditions that would reasonably affect the health, safety, and welfare of the students or others

When a contract is terminated for violation of WPI policies, housing policies, or civil laws, the student forfeits any unused portion of the room and board fees. In addition, WPI is under no obligation to provide alternative housing.


Residential Services reserves the right to reassign students at any time in order to make the most efficient use of available accommodations and reserves the right to require residents without roommates to relocate to consolidate space.

Undergraduate Housing Contract

WPI’s Housing Contract is designed to protect the right to privacy, to promote an atmosphere conducive to learning, to protect personal and WPI property, and to respect the needs of each individual. Learn more.