Single freshman under the age of 21 as of the June 1 binding date are required to live in University housing, or at home with a parent or guardian within 30 miles of the Newark campus. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be submitted in writing to Residence Life & Housing. Matriculated students are guaranteed housing each year they remain at UD, as long as they apply by the published deadlines. Each semester a student lives on campus increases his or her priority in the application process. Housing assignments are made without regard to race, creed, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin.
Policies are designed to create inclusive communities in the residence halls, where students will discover opportunities to learn about themselves, about others, about what it means to be a good neighbor, and more.
Incoming freshman will receive an email their housing assignment and roomate information during the first week of August, along with the name, home address and telephone number of their roommate(s).
Housing assignments are made according to the Housing Information that students submit. Freshman are housed with or near other freshman whenever possible. Deposits are due by June 1. Incoming freshman whose applications are submitted by June 1 are guaranteed on-campus housing. Freshman who apply for housing after June 1 are normally guaranteed as space permits. We cannot guarantee a specific space or room type.
First-Year Honors Program Students live together on East Campus. Freshman Honors Housing offers a supportive community and a wide variety of extracurricular programs planned by Residence Life & Housing staff. Munson Fellows are upperclass Honors students who live with Honors freshman in the residence halls and serve as guides, mentors, and sounding boards for new students.
Deadline for Special Needs Housing requests is May 31, 2013.
There are varied housing options to accommodate students' needs. To accurately and equitably evaluate requests for housing based upon medical, psychological, or physical needs, we will need documentation of your need, consisting of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that relates the current impact of your condition to your housing request. If you need to be assigned to a single or an air-conditioned building, you will need to submit the Special Needs Form. New students must submit this information by May 31. Documentation received after the deadline may result in an assignment that does not match your needs. For more information, please click here, or contact Residence Life & Housing at (302) 831-3676.
Freshmen may request all-female or substance-free living options by contacting us in writing by May 31. Incoming freshman students who are approved to live in all-female (Warner Hall) or substance-free (Sussex Hall) communities are normally assigned upperclass student roommates. All requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Honors students are required to live in Honors Housing.
When demand for on-campus housing exceeds the supply of available rooms and apartments, new students are assigned to expanded-capacity rooms (usually double rooms furnished for three students) for the fall semester.
Students in extended housing will be assigned to permanent spaces as cancellations occur. All students in triples are usually reassigned to permanent spaces by the beginning of the spring semester. Students assigned to an extended housing space will receive detailed information in August.
You may submit your application for on-campus housing, pay your housing deposit, and submit your housing and dining information directly through the My Blue Hen Home website. The housing deposit must be paid before you will see housing information.
You can change your housing information as many times as you wish until May 31. If you are currently under 18 years of age, your parent or legal guardian must sign the consent form in the Housing Portal. We cannot process your on-campus housing request for the fall semester without approval.
You may elect to pay your $200 housing prepayment with a credit card or electronic check. Once you have authorized payment and submitted your Student Housing Contract and Dining Agreements, you will be asked to submit your room and roommate characteristics information.
The University of Delaware allows students to select a roommate. May 1 is the deadline for students to inform the University that they are attending, therefore a listing of available roommates will not be accessible until after that date. Be sure to log onto My Blue Hen Home between May 7 and May 31 if you wish to choose a roommate.
Having a roommate is a wonderful opportunity to learn from someone with a different background than your own and helps you develop negotiation and communication skills. Many students will have the chance to live with someone from a different country and will have the opportunity to deepen their global competencies while developing a friendship that spans continents.
Most freshman residence halls are co-ed by room or suite. Honors residence halls may accommodate female-only floors. Please indicate your preference, but be aware that hall type is not guaranteed.
- Coed-by-wing/cluster (pending requests)
- Women Only Hall Special Request
Freshmen are assigned single traditional rooms, double traditional rooms and double suites.
You will also be asked to complete a series of questions. Your answers tell us about you in greater detail so that we can try to match you with a compatible roommate. It is important that you respond honestly. For instance, although all residence halls are designated as smoke-free, it is important for us to know your smoking preference. If you indicate that you smoke and are assigned to a double room, you will most likely be assigned to a roommate who smokes.
You must complete the questionnaire even if you choose to select your own roommate. Most roommate requests can be accommodated, however in the event that we cannot accommodate your request, it is important that we are able to match you with a compatible roommate.
If you later wish to cancel your Housing Application, you must send a letter of cancellation to Residence Life & Housing, 310 Haines Street, Newark, DE 19716, or by e-mail to reslife-Housing@udel.edu. The letter or email must be either postmarked or timestamped by May 31 for a partial refund. Students are obligated to the Student Housing Contract beginning June 1 of each year. Students attending the University of Delaware may request release from the Contract and decisions will be made based on the documentation submitted. After June 1, Students who decide not to attend the University of Delaware or students who are released from the Housing Contract will forfeit the entire prepayment.
All Dining cancellation requests must be submitted in writing by mail to Dining Services, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, or by e-mail to email@example.com. A complete explanation of the Cancellation Policy is available in the Dining Services Agreement. If you have questions regarding canceling your dining plan, please contact the Flex/Dining Office at (302) 831-4033.
The Student Housing Conytract and Dining Agreement are available online through the Student Guide to University Policies website. Please read the Agreements carefully before submitting your application. There are limited reasons for release from these Agreements. For those students who submit their application after June 1, the Agreements are binding immediately. Students who submit Student Housing Contracts and Dining Agreements are financially responsible for the cost of their residence hall space and their dining plan for the entire academic year. You will not be released from your Student Housing Contract because you fail to sign in or occupy a space for fall or spring semester.
If you wish to obtain a written copy of the full Student Housing Contract, please contact Residence Life & Housing. For a written copy of the Dining Services Agreement, please contact Dining Services at (302) 831-6761.
I am a resident student enrolled in classes for Winter.
Though you are not required to live on campus during Winter Session, if you are registered for at least one Winter Session course on the Newark Campus, you are presumed to be living on campus during that session. You will be billed for a full meal plan unless you live in the Christiana Towers; there are NO additional housing fees for students who reside in the residence halls during the Fall semester.
If you do not wish to live on campus during the Winter Session, you must inform us by completing the Winter Session Housing Occupancy Form and indicate "No – Not living on campus." You will not be automatically billed for a meal plan.
Students may still purchase a full or optional meal plan through the UD Dining webpage.
Students enrolled in Winter Session may visit Student Health Service and pay a fee-for-service. Learn more about Student Health Service Fees and Charges.
I am a resident student and I am not enrolled in classes for Winter.
You may request to live in the residence halls during Winter Session without being registered for a credit course by contacting us.
As a part of a community, you are expected to abide by all student policies and procedures stated in the Student Guide to University Policies. You may be required to leave the residence hall immediately if there is a policy violation.
Students who live on campus in are required to purchase a full meal plan unless you live in the Christiana Towers. You will be billed and assigned the default plan, or may select a plan through the UD Dining webpage.
Students not enrolled in Winter Session may visit Student Health Service and pay a fee-for-service. Learn more about Student Health Service Fees and Charges.