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First Year Student
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MAKE UD YOUR HOME FOR 2015-2016

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.

CONNECT

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.

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HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS

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. Requests consisting of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that relates the current impact of your condition to your housing request should be submitted to Disability Support Services by June 15 for Academic Year 2015-2016 housing.

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).

RESIDENCE HALL FEATURES

Relax. We've got it covered.

The residence halls offer students a variety of amenities, including WiFi and cable tv, at no additional cost. UD provides convenient services so you can focus on what matters most to you.

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Application, Selection & Assignment

THE APPLICATION

The Housing Application opened 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
• Sign the Student Housing Contract, review demographics, and request Housing Accommodations if needed.
• Select/Apply to Living Learning Communities, indicate your room preferences, answer lifestyle questions, and request roommates.
• First-Year students do not request specific buildings, but may share a preference for a room type (traditional on East Campus or suite-style on Laird Campus)
June 15 Priority Period Ends
• Student Housing Contract, Demographics and Lifestyle questionnaire pages remain open
• Room type preferences, lifestyle questionnaire and roommate requests will be closed while we process housing assignments.
• We may place late applicants on a guaranteed wait list and assigned as soon as possible in August
June (before NSO) Roommates & Complex Assignment Information Release
We will send you an email from reslife-housing@udel.edu with roommates' names and contact information and your First-Year complex/building (not specific room).
The email associated with your Housing Application can be found on the Demographics page of the housing application. This is the email where you will receive all communications regarding UD Housing from Residence Life & Housing. It is important that you either add reslife-housing@udel.edu as a contact and/or check your junk mail periodically to ensure that you do not miss our important messages!
August 3 All 2015-2016 Housing Assignments Released
We will send you an email with the details of your assignment and your roommates' information.

 

 

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LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES

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

REQUIRED 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.
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Visual arts majors (ART-BAAS) will live together in Ray Street. Read more >>

OPTIONAL LLCs

Air Force ROTC cadets are encouraged to apply to the AFROTC LLC, which will be housed in Redding Hall. Read more >>

Students from all majors who have a strong desire to "make a difference in the world" and want this commitment integrated into their academic and/or extra-curricular lives at UD are welcome to apply to the Community Engagement LLC (CELLC). CELLC will be housed in Redding Hall. Read more >>

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.
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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.
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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.
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First-generation students who are interested in engaged learning (undergraduate research, service learning and internships) are invited to apply to the University of Delaware Engaged Learners (UDELs) Living Learning Community. Read more >>

ROOM TYPE RANKING

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.

ROOM TYPE RANKING

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.

Housing is guaranteed for all first-year students who make the smart decision to attend the University of Delaware.

Approximately half of our first-year students will live in triples and the other half in doubles. There are a limited number of singles for students with special housing accommodations.

Students in triples may request reimbursement toward the cost of one rented bed loft per room, to help make the best use of the space.

If three students want to live together, each student should list the other two as roommates on the Roommate page.

 

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ROOMMATE PREFERENCES

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

Students who know someone they would like to live with may request one or two roommates. 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.

GUARANTEED HOUSING
& THE STUDENT HOUSING CONTRACT

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 (June 15).

STUDENT HOUSING CONTRACT

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.

 

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ASSIGNMENTS

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