University of Delaware

Extended Housing

  • Tripled in George ReadAbout Extended Housing
  • Financial Rebate
  • Triple Assistance Program
  • Living in a Triple & "De-Tripling"
  • Sample Floor Plans
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • About Extended Housing

    All incoming freshmen who apply to live on campus by the May 1 application deadline are guaranteed housing. However, because of the demand for on-campus housing, it is necessary for the University to initially assign some students to extended housing "triples." Assignment in a "tripled" room is a temporary arrangement. Students in tripled rooms will be offered a permanent space based on availability within the building and priority beginning the middle of September. We consider all three students in a tripled room as extended housing residents, so no one student is regarded as the "extra" person. Most students assigned to an extended housing room will be offered a permanent space before the end of the Fall Semester.

    Financial Rebate

    Tripled residents will receive a financial rebate, at 15% of the room rate, for each week they remain in extended housing beginning October 1. The rebate will be credited at the end of each month. Rebates are discontinued at the time the student is offered a permanent space, regardless of whether the student accepts or declines the offer. Please note that financial rebates are only provided for the Fall Semester, as it has been our experience that sufficient permanent space will be available by Spring Semester.

    Triples Assistance Program

    In an effort to assist tripled students through this experience, they will receive an online copy of the 3's Company newsletter upon arrival, which is specifically designed for students in tripled rooms. Students will be given detailed information about what to expect as part of a tripled room, rebates, furniture removal when one person moves, how to get along with roommates, and how to request a room change for the Spring Semester. Issues of the newsletter will be made available online regularly throughout the Fall Semester.

    Certain programming within the residence halls is tailored for students living in extended housing, including the Triple Assistance Program (TAP). This program is designed to take a proactive approach, with in-house activities that supports and educate residents on how to maximize their extended housing living experience.

    Living in a Triple & "De-Tripling"

    Housing Assignment Services works closely with the Residence Life staff in each building to decide which rooms will be offered a vacancy. So, it is important that tripled students keep in touch with their Resident Assistant, Residence Hall Coordinator, and Hall Director if there are problems. Students in tripled rooms will be given priority for vacancies in the building where they reside.

    As mentioned above, most students assigned to extended housing triples will be offered permanent spaces during the Fall Semester. Students remaining in triples at the end of the Fall Semester will be given priority for room changes prior to Spring Semester. Students may request to remain in their building or be assigned to other freshman buildings if spaces are available. Details regarding the Mid-Year Room Change procedure will be available in the 3's Company newsletters.

    Sample Floor Plans

    Sample floor plans and room set-up diagrams are available for Rodney, Harrington, Russell, and Smyth by clicking the respective link. The room set-up for a Russell triple is nearly identical to Harrington triples, except that the closets are replaced with moveable wardrobes in Russell. These images are only samples, and actual room sizes, furniture placement, and locations of extended housing may vary.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What extra furniture is in a triple room?
    There are three beds -- two of which are bunked -- three desks, and three chairs. All three roommates share the two wardrobes and dressers. While each student in a triple will have a desk, bed, and chair, the extended housing bed and chair are different from the permanent furniture. Extended housing desks have the drawer on the left side. It is important that furniture is equally shared by all roommates. No additional UD furniture is available for the room.

    How will vacancies be offered?
    Housing Assignment Services works closely with Residence Life staff to determine how vacancies are offered. The Resident Assistant, Residence Hall Coordinator, and Hall Director will meet with the students assigned to triples to discuss the procedure. It is important for tripled students to be in contact with the Resident Assistant to discuss any problems or concerns.

    Will the furniture be removed when one of the roommates are reassigned?
    Yes. Instructions for removal of the extra furniture and Request Forms are available here.

    Is one student designated to have the extended housing furniture?
    All of the students in the room are students in extended housing. All three roommates should talk about how to share the furniture and space. For example, one roommate may not like the top bunk. Each student should have some permanent furniture and some extra furniture. Planning this in advance by talking with roommates will start the UD experience smoothly. Students with questions or concerns can speak with their Resident Assistant.

    What should I do if I am the first person to arrive in the room?
    As mentioned above, the extended furniture should be divided equally. No one student should have the advantage over his/her roommates. For example, one student should take the top bunk, and one student should share both closets and dressers. It is a good idea to wait until all roommates have arrived before beds and furniture are set up.

    Can we move the furniture around?
    Most of the furniture can be moved to suit the needs and creativity of the residents of that room. However, consider where the internet, telephone, and cable connections are located when rearranging furniture.

    Are there three Ethernet connections?
    While there is only one connection for the telephone and TV cable, there are three Ethernet connections in all triple rooms. In some rooms, especially in Rodney, an extra long Ethernet cable may be necessary. Since not all connections are in the same location, it is not possible to give all residents the exact locations of the connections. It may be a good idea to bring one long cord and one shorter cord and return the unused one.

    Can I bring everything I would if I were in a double room?
    It is best to come with the items that are absolutely necessary, then decide what extra items can be moved in after everyone is settled. Do not bring all of summer and winter clothes, for example. Decide who will bring the TV and phone. Speaking with roommates prior to move-in will ensure that duplicate items are not brought, which will leave more space for personal belongings.

    Can the extended housing bed be lofted?
    Yes, all extended housing beds can be lofted. Visit if you are interested in renting a loft. In the Rodney Complex, most extra beds can be lofted with the rental lofts so that a desk will fit under the bed. Extra beds in other parts of campus, however, will not have sufficient space beneath it for a desk. Instead, the extra space can be used to store items. After the room becomes detripled, the student who rented the loft can contact the lofting company to have it removed.