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Extended Housing: 3@UD

Being assigned to extended housing can be both a rewarding and challenging experience. 3@UD is designed to assist students and their parents throughout their extended housing experience; to educate and support residents through formal and informal programming and interaction.

Highlights of this program include:

  • Programming within the residence halls tailored to the specific needs of students living in extended housing (i.e. roommate negotiation techniques),
  • Social programming designed to promote interaction among all students in extended housing within the complex,
  • Assistance with managing conflict beginning with the facilitation of an effective roommate agreement,
  • Informative 3@UD Updates,
  • Support by Residence Life & Housing staff in the de-tripling process.

Our goal is that students living in extended housing will be able to succeed both academically and socially. For more information about 3@UD, contact us.

Some questions about extended housing are answered below.

About Extended Housing

All incoming freshmen who apply to live on campus by application deadlines 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 may be 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. Historically, most students assigned to an extended housing room are offered a permanent space before the end of the Fall Semester.

This year's incoming freshman class is large. There are a lot of new Blue Hens coming to campus! We guarantee housing to all first year students. This is why we extend our capacity.

Any student may be assigned to extended housing.

Financial Rebate

Tripled residents will receive a financial rebate, at 15% of the weekly 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.


In an effort to assist tripled students through this experience, they will receive information via 3@UD news before arriving on campus. Students will be given detailed information about what to expect as part of a tripled room, rebates, furniture removal if one person moves, how to get along with roommates, and how to request a room change for the Spring Semester. Additional information will be made available online regularly throughout the year.

Certain programming within the residence halls is tailored for students living in extended housing, including 3@UD. This program is designed to take a proactive approach, with in-house activities that support and educate residents on how to maximize their extended housing living experience.

Living in a Triple & "Detripling"

Residence Life & Housing staff in each building work with our assignments group 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 Complex Coordinator if there are problems. Students in tripled rooms will be given priority for vacancies in the building where they reside.

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@UD news.

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. Students are also welcome to rent a bed loft, and one bed loft per room will be reimbursed. (Request reimbursement here.)

How will vacancies be offered?
Residence Life & Housing staff in each building work with our assignments group to decide how vacancies are offered. The Resident Assistant, Residence Hall Coordinator, and Complex Coordinator 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. The black bed and one desk will be removed. Students are not permitted to keep the black bed. The remaining beds may be left bunked or may be placed on risers to accommodate storage needs.

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, electrical outlets, and cable connections are located when rearranging furniture. Students are also welcome to rent a bed loft, and one bed loft per room will be reimbursed. (Request reimbursement here.)

Are there three Ethernet connections?
While there is only one connection for TV cable, there are multiple Ethernet connections in all 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. We have found that fewer and fewer students use an Ethernet connection as a wireless connection is readily available.

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 your summer and winter clothes, for example. Decide who will bring the TV and other typically shared items. 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.

One bed loft per room will be reimbursed. (Request reimbursement here.) After the room becomes detripled, the student who rented the loft can contact the lofting company to have it removed.

If students have questions about removal of extended housing furniture, please visit the Facilities website. To have a rented loft removed, call 1-877-233-5638.