Off-campus housing does not exist at Kenyon College. The remote location coupled with an old-fashioned board of directors means that students are required to reside on campus all four years. Dorms are guaranteed to students for this purpose, and they are priced so that off-campus housing is not a financial necessity. However, there are two exceptions to this rule: students who are suffering from substance abuse problems and students who serve the volunteer fire department. In both instances, these students can petition to live in special housing that is closer to either a treatment center or the fire department.
While the lack of off-campus housing can be frustrating, there is little chance of this changing in the near future. The Kenyon community thrives on communal living, and any change to that would drastically alter the campus atmosphere. To alleviate the concerns of the student body about off-campus housing, the College has undertaken a new housing renovation project, to be completed in 2013.