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When you live in the residence halls, you become part of a community rich in history and tradition. Whether you are living in a single, a double, a double suite, or a triple, you will have one important thing in common with everyone in our residential community: excellence.

Students who live on campus have higher GPAs, feel more supported, and are more connected to the University.  Resident students learn essential skills that will serve them in their careers and more broadly in life.


On-campus residents always have something to do and someone to meet. Whether you're hanging out in the common rooms or participating in activies and events, you'll connect with other students in the residence halls on a daily basis.





At the University of Delaware, there are various housing options to accommodate dietary, medical and physical needs for students. We understand that there are circumstances where particular requests and accommodations need to be considered.

To accurately and equitably evaluate requests for housing based upon medical, psychological or disability needs, you will submit documentation of your need, consisting of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that relates the current impact of your condition to your housing request by June 15 for Academic Year 2015-2016 requests.

Documentation received late may result in an assignment that does not match your needs. For complete details on housing requests involving needs, please refer to the Housing Accommodations webpage, or contact Residence Life & Housing at (302) 831-HOME (4663).


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Application, Selection & Assignment


The Housing Application opens for freshmen on March 15. Prepayment is accepted through My Blue Hen Home, but assignments are not first-come, first-served. All applications received by June 15 are given the same priority.

The majority of First Year students are assigned housing based on preferences and a randomly-assigned lottery number. Some students will be assigned to specfic areas of campus based on their Living Learning Community (LLC - see below).

Important Application Dates

March 15 First Year Housing Application Opens & Priority Period Begins
• Student Housing Contract, Demographics, and Housing Accommodations pages only
• Select/Apply to Living Learning Communities, indicate your preferences, answer lifestyle questions, learn about 3@UD, request a roommate
• First Year students do not request specific buildings, but may preference a room type (traditional or suite-style)
June 15 Priority Period Ends
• Student Housing Contract, Demographics and Lifestyle questionnaire pages remain open
• Other preferences and roommate requests closed for processing
• Late applicants may be placed on a guaranteed wait list and assigned in August
Summer Roommate & Complex Assignment Release
You will receive an email from with roommate name(s) and contact information and your First Year complex.
The email associated with your Housing Application can be found on the Demographics page. This is the email where you will receive all communications regarding the Housing Application. It is important that you either add as a contact and/or check your junk mail periodically to ensure that you do not miss our important messages!
July 29 All 2015-2016 Housing Assignments Released
You will receive an email with your full assignment information







First year students have a range of opportunities to benefit from Living Learning Communities (LLCs).

All First Year Honors students will live together in the Honors LLC, which is housed in Louis L. Redding Hall.

Biological sciences majors (non-Honors) and any student with a major in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (non-Honors) will live in the Biology LLC and Discover Our World (CEOE) LLC respectively, both of which will be housed in George Read Hall along with a mix of first year students from a variety of other majors.

Art History, Anthropology or Art Conservation majors may apply to live in the Material Culture LLC, which will focus on the intersection of these unique passions. Students in the Material Culture LLC will live in the Russell Complex.

Students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions may apply to the Pre Health Professional Living Learning Community (PHP LLC), which will be housed in Louis L. Redding Hall.

Students interested in personal wellness and creating healthy communities may apply to THRIVE, the Wellness LLC, which offers students the opportunity to live in an environment that fosters wellness, promotes health, and supports academic success. Students in THRIVE will live in George Read.


No matter what room type a student is assigned to, each student is encouraged to contribute to the floor and to the hall community, to meet new people and to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them.


Students may rank their preference for a room type: traditional or suite-style. Suite-style rooms are located on Laird Campus. Traditional rooms are located on East Campus.

Because students in Living Learning Communities are assigned to specific buildings, they will skip the Room Type Ranking page.


Every fall, like many other residential colleges and universities, demand for housing exceeds capacity to accommodate the size of our incoming class. When this occurs, students are assigned to extended housing within the residence halls.

At UD we have double rooms that are "tripled" to accommodate three students instead of two.

We guarantee housing to all first year students. This is why we extend our capacity.

Any student may be assigned to extended housing.

3@UD is the extended housing program specifically designed to support the needs of students living in extended housing.

Students excited by having two roommates can opt in to a triple room, and if three students want to live together, each student should list the other two as roommates on the Roommate Request page.






You are not required to select a roommate. About half of first year students at UD opted for a randomly assigned roommate last year.

Students who know someone they would like to live with may request a roommate. Students can also search for roommates within the My Housing portal and will see potential matches based on responses to the lifestyle questionnaire.

Honors Program students may only request other Honors Program students for roommates.

We cannot guarantee that roommate requests will be honored.


Students are guaranteed housing for each year, as long as they apply by the published deadlines.

Freshman applications will be accepted and guaranteed throughout the summer, but applicants will not be able to select roommates or room type preferences after the Preference Application deadline.


The Student Housing Contract will become legally binding 48 hours after submission of the application. This contract covers the entire 2015-2016 academic year (the “Contract Period”). 

Single freshmen under 21 are required to live in University housing, or at home with a parent or legal guardian if the residence is within a 30 mile commuting distance. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be submitted in writing to Residence Life & Housing.




Freshman housing assignments and roommate contact information will be released over the summer. (See calendar above)

Students who are assigned to an extended housing triple can visit our 3@UD page for more information.