Cougar Campus Living

This is not your typical university housing.

With generous amenities built in, this is not your typical residence hall. Cleary’s residence halls are conveniently located within walking distance of all campus activities. From lecture halls, to the fitness center, to Clancy’s cafe, Cleary’s campus is designed to make student life easier. Cleary’s brand new athletic complex, featuring Lake Trust Stadium, is also just a short walk away. Keeping students focused and connected is key in Cougar country.

Opened in 2016, each fully furnished semi-private suite has its own bedroom, bath, and shares a common area complete with a full kitchen and spacious living/dining area. Units are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cost is: $5,000 per semester.


  • Accommodates approximately 102 students
  • 2/3 bedroom, 2 bathroom
  • In-suite washer and dryer
  • Refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, sink and pantry
  • Vending areas
  • Study areas on each floor
  • Lounging areas on each floor
  • Furnished living environment
  • Furnishings include: couch and lounge chairs
  • Ethernet ports in every bedroom; campus Wi-Fi
  • Desk, 2/3 twin XL beds, dresser and closets
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Opened in Fall of 2018, the South Residence Hall features fully furnished semi-private two-bedroom, one-bathroom suites.

Units are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cost is: $4,250 per semester.


  • Accommodates approximately 114 students
  • 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • Same-floor laundry
  • Kitchenette, including mini-refrigerator, microwave, and sink
  • Vending areas
  • Study areas on each floor
  • Lounging areas on each floor
  • Ethernet ports in every bedroom; campus Wi-Fi
  • Desk, 2 twin XL beds, dresser, and closets

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Cleary University provides a safe environment that allows students to focus on the reason they go to college – to learn. A full-time, live-in residence life coordinator and student floor advisors will help students get adjusted after they move in and make the most of their campus experience. Cleary has a growing student life, which includes athletics, clubs, a welcome week business fair, homecoming festivities, and other special events. These social activities lead to new friendships and balance out the demands of a full academic schedule. Campus security is a high priority, and the housing complex has ample well lit, secure parking. Outside campus, there are restaurants and major supermarkets within walking distance.

All students residing in University Housing are required to retain their residence for the entire academic year, or remaining portion thereof, unless they withdraw from the University. Rooms are assigned first come-first served.

Housing Scholarships are available and are listed at the bottom of this page!

All students required by the Housing Policy to live on campus must submit a Housing Application and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee at time of application. Housing waivers can be submitted for any student required to live on campus but believes they have cause for an exception. Waivers are not guaranteed and must be approved by the Housing Committee . Waiver requests for current students are due by July 1, 2021. Waiver requests for new students are due by June 1, 2021 or five days after receiving acceptance to the University (whichever is later). Any new student required to live on campus that has not submitted a housing application or waiver form by June 1, 2021 or five days after acceptance to the University (whichever is later) will be automatically charged Room and Board plus application fee ($100).

Students will get their roommate and floor assignments in the middle of summer.

Students are required to have a completed waiver or housing application completed by May 1, 2021 or they will have housing charges automatically.

If you believe you are exempt from the Cleary University Housing Policy, you must submit a Housing Waiver Application and receive a waiver from the Housing Department.

If a student believes that they are exempt from living in Cleary University Housing because they will be residing with a parent or legal guardian whose primary residence is within a 25 mile radius from the Livingston Campus, 3750 Cleary Drive, Howell, MI 48843, they will need to complete a Housing Waiver Application.

Due to the current regulations with COVID-19 Cleary University will not require the Notarized Letter of Residency for fall 2021.

However, in order to complete the process of submitting the online waiver, the student will need to submit a digital copy of their driver’s license, state ID, or passport with their permanent residency.  A bill, letter, etc. with the name and mailing address will not be accepted as a permanent address.

The following tuition and housing fees are for new, incoming Fall 2021 students.

Tuition/Fees Semester Cost Yearly Cost
Block Tuition $10,815.00 $21,630.00
Technology Fee $375.00 $750.00
Student Activity Fee $150.00 $300.00
Culinary Fee (if applicable) $250.00 $750.00
New Student Deposit (applied to tuition) $150.00 $150.00

All traditional students are required to live in Cleary University housing for four consecutive semesters (excluding summers) unless the student meets one of the following exceptions:

  1. Is residing with parents or legal guardians at their primary residence within a 25 mile radius of Cleary University;
  2. Have achieved 60 or more credit hours during their degree;
  3. Is 23 years of age or older by the first day of class in the fall semester of the academic year for which an exception is requested;
  4. Is legally married;
  5. Is a parent of dependent child(ren);
  6. Has time served as a member of the United States armed services.

Housing Charges/Fees Semester Cost Yearly Cost
Room – NORTH $5,000.00 $10,000.00
Room – SOUTH $4,250.00 $8,500.00
Meal Plan (15 Per Week) $1,800.00 $3,600.00

For a student planning to eat on campus 5 days a week, this is approximately 3 meals per day for the fall & spring semesters.

In Fall 2021 students within 25 miles of campus will qualify for a 50% housing grant. Students outside of 25 miles will qualify for a 30% housing grant.

Please note: prices listed are based on estimated yearly cost and are subject to change.

*For purposes of this policy, the primary residence of the student’s parent(s) or current/former legal guardian is considered to be the student’s home address.

Students will automatically receive a housing scholarship based on where their primary residence is. There are no steps required to apply for the housing scholarships for your convenience!

Hometown Student Housing Scholarship (Students who reside less than 25 miles from campus):
50% Housing Scholarship
• North Residence Hall: $5,000 scholarship per year ($2,500 per semester)
• South Residence Hall: $4,250 scholarship per year ($2,125 per semester)

Standard Campus Housing Scholarship (Students who reside more than 25 miles from campus):
30% Housing Scholarship
• North Residence Hall: $3,000 scholarship per year ($1,500 per semester)
• South Residence Hall: $2,550 scholarship per year ($1,275 per semester)

Resident Assistant (RA’s)
RA’s will be provided ROOM at no charge; however, will be responsible for their BOARD charges.

Fall Athlete Move-In

Friday, August 6th, 10 am-2 pm

This is for teams that start practicing in August, i.e. Golf, Cross Country & Soccer

Fall 2021 Move-in

Friday, August 20th, 10 am-2 pm

What should I expect on Move-in Day?

Move-in will be located outside of North Hall. Once you arrive you will check-in at the tent and then be directed to Chrysler and Lyons as needed.

You will receive an email over the summer with information about where you are living, who you are living with, and what to bring.

If you have any questions, please email us at

**Returning students, please bring your Cleary ID. You will use the same ID you had last year to access the building. If you need a replacement ID, let us know! **

2020-21 Cougar Resident Guide

2020-21 Cougar Resident Guide

Read all about living on the Cleary campus in the 2020-21 school year resident guide.
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Residence Life

Residence Life

Cleary University Residence Life immerse students in an environment that teaches life skills, integrates academic learning with experiences outside the classroom, and engages the local community. We provide safe, secure and comfortable residential communities to support student academic pursuits.
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