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What is considered third-party lodging?

Third-party lodging is an establishment that is rented out by a third party or treated as an apartment building by state or local law or regulation. This includes most non-hotel facilities and those rented out via sites like Airbnb and VRBO.  In other words, it’s ANY LODGING THAT IS NOT A COMMERCIAL HOTEL, HOSTEL, OR GOVERNMENT DORM.

  • To utilize 3rd Party/Non-Commercial Lodging, there must be a cost savings to the university.
  • Personal preference and/or convenience are not an allowable justification to use 3PNCL.


  • Yes, Booking.com lists apartments for short term rental. Beware of what you’re buying.
  • Yes, 3rd party/Non-Commercial Approval applies to everyone, employee AND non-employee, as well as all types of travel.
    1. Yes, Approval is always required, even after the fact. 
    2. Reminder that state funds can not be used for after the fact requests. 

Read more:

Lodging in Non-Commercial Lodging Establishments  (Documents, Policy, Procedure, Approval)

Controller’s website, 3rd Party Lodging

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Updated on March 14, 2023

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