Introduction to Approved Housing

March 4, 2011

Writer: Owner & Developer Relations, Housing & Student Living Office

Approved housing is an important part of the Housing & Student Living Office’s mission to “create and foster a culture in which students learn and live the principles of Zion in their apartments and homes.” Through approved housing, the university can help ensure students are able to live in an atmosphere conducive to the goals and mission of BYU-Idaho. Additionally, students and managers are able to appeal to the school to help resolve issues or conflicts.


All single students under the age of 30 must live in approved housing unless they live at home with their parents. Exceptions to this requirement (for example, permission to live with a close relative, etc.) are granted on a case-by-case basis by the Housing & Student Living Office Exception Committee. All off-track students who remain in the Rexburg area must also live in approved housing.


Title IX Approved Housing

The Fair Housing Act of 1986 governs community housing to protect individuals from discrimination based on gender, race, religion, national origin, familial status, or disability.


The Title IX Higher Education Act of 1972 governs BYU-Idaho approved housing. It provides a general exemption to educational institutions to discriminate by gender (20 U.S.C.1681.Sex).


In 1988 a religious-tenet exemption letter from Bruce Hafen, then president of Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho), was submitted and accepted which allows only BYU-Idaho admitted, matriculating students to live in university-approved housing (34 C.F.R. 106.12(b) Exemption). This allows the university to establish apartment living standards that uphold the unique mission of our educational institution while still being in accordance with Idaho state law.


Approval Process Summary

The process to become BYU-Idaho approved housing for single students is conducted in cooperation with BYU-Idaho and the city of Rexburg. BYU-Idaho inspects and determines compliance with apartment specifications established at the sole discretion of the university. The city conducts physical and safety inspections and determines compliance with all city, state, federal, health, and safety ordinances, including zoning and building codes.


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For more information on:

Approved Housing Standards,

Contact Housing & Student Living Office at (208) 496.9220


Physical and Safety Compliance,

Contact the City of Rexburg Compliance Officer at 208.359.3020