STAYING AT UD
Book the dorms or your hotel room early to guarantee overnight accommodations during Alumni Weekend.
Alumni Weekend attendees who register for paid events are invited to stay overnight in the residence halls with friends. Each primary registrant can register for a maximum of one dorm room only. Rooms are available on North Campus, within walking distance to The Green.
Selecting a Dorm: We know how much fun it is to be close to your friends during Alumni Weekend. To make this easier, you are able to select the residence hall and room type. Be sure and let your friends know where to find you so they can select the same dorm.
North Campus Suites (GEORGE READ SOUTH • INDEPENDENCE EAST AND WEST • THOMAS MCKEAN • JAMES SMITH)
- Single Suite (Sleeps two: two rooms sharing one bathroom, one bed in each room)
- Double Suite (Sleeps four: two rooms sharing one bathroom, two beds in each room)
Residence hall check-in begins at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon and 1 p.m. Saturday. Check-out on Sunday by noon. Below, expand the North Campus selections for more details.
Registration changes: For assistance with adding or cancelling any part of your reservation prior to May 30 at 4:30 p.m., please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see the layouts and types of furniture in various residence halls and rooms, click here. (Please note that only a limited number of the residence hall buildings listed are available for Alumni Weekend accommodations.)
Alumni Weekend guests who register for a residence hall room will receive a room key, a building fob for residence hall access and a lanyard.
Keys will only be distributed to the suite purchaser as well as a designated roommate. Roommates who are not initially identified when registering can get a key during check-in only if the purchaser is present to vouch for them.
All keys must be returned at checkout. If a guest loses a key, the lock replacement charge is $180. This will be charged to the primary registrant of the room. Non-refundable charges will apply immediately upon checkout if room keys, access cards or fobs are not returned. Please keep this in mind when deciding how many keys to request and who will receive them. We apologize for the inconvenience; however, rooms are being occupied by students directly following Alumni Weekend, so rooms must be rekeyed immediately, making refunds unavailable.
Changes to your registration: Housing changes to your registration must be made by emailing email@example.com.
Linen Packages (Disposable): Disposable linen packages are available for $30. You can order in advance and pick it up when you arrive. Linen packages include a pillow, pillowcase, two sheets, towel, washcloth, soap and shampoo. Blankets will be supplied upon request and available in the check in area.
Wireless: Both locations offer free wireless access through Eduroam with a UD email address. Guest access instructions will be available at check-in for those without a UD email.
Fire safety information:
- In the event of a fire alarm or other emergency, please contact UDPD at 302-831-2222 or by using the blue light phone at inside corridors or outside to report the emergency.
- Smoking/vaping is not permitted inside the building.
- Charging of cellular phones and tablets is permitted but not scooters, hover boards or like items.
- Please do not place furnishings in the corridors or stairwells.
- Fire safety procedures and evacuation maps are placed on the residence room door and hallways.
GEORGE READ SOUTH • INDEPENDENCE EAST AND WEST THOMAS MCKEAN • JAMES SMITH
- Single Suite: $90 night—Two rooms sharing one bathroom, one bed in each room (two beds total)
- Double Suite: $120/night—Two rooms sharing one bathroom, two beds in each room (four beds total)
Like booking a hotel room, rates are listed as per night (not per person) and are based on room style and size.
Amenities: Amenities provided upon arrival are cups, toilet paper, a bar of soap, shampoo and tissues. If your room still has a third bed it cannot be removed for the weekend. Please see General Information to learn about linen packages.
Receive your room assignment, key and fob for residence hall access.
- Friday, starting at 4 p.m.
- For all of North Campus, check in at Clayton Hall
- Saturday, all day
- For all North Campus, check in and check out is at Clayton Hall
There will be a staff member on duty 24 hours a day at Clayton Hall.
Drop off your room key and building fob at Clayton Hall. Failure to return your key and access card will result in an additional charge of $180 to cover locksmith costs. Linens can be left in the rooms.
- Saturday: Anytime at Clayton Hall
- Sunday: Starting at 6 a.m.: Clayton Hall
If you need assistance during your stay, Clayton Hall will be staffed 24 hours.
Directions: Laird Campus is located off Route 896 and is home to Clayton Hall Conference Center, the Independence Complex, George Read Complex, James Smith and Thomas McKean residence halls. Parking for the weekend is free in the open lots at Laird Campus. Do not use the meters to park. You will be ticketed.
Courtyard Marriott Newark at UD
Laird Campus, Newark, DE
Embassy Suites Newark
654 S. College Ave., Newark, DE
302-368-8000 or 800-Embassy and mention “UD Alumni Weekend”
(20-minute walk to Main Campus)
Homewood Suites by Hilton
640 S. College Ave., Newark, DE
302-453-9700 or 800-Embassy and mention “UD Alumni Weekend”
(20-minute walk to Main Campus)
Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Newark Downtown
402 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE 19711
(10-minute walk to Main Campus)
Hyatt Place Newark Delaware (Opening May 23, 2023)
94 East Main Street, Building 1000
Newark, DE 19711
(<5-minute walk to Main Campus)
Find other lodging within a 15-minute drive of campus.
Philadelphia (45 minutes)
Baltimore-Washington (75 minutes)
Delaware Express: 800-648-5466
AMTRAK: 800-872-7245 (National)
SEPTA: 215-580-7800 (PHL / PA / DE)
MEGABUS: 877-462-6342 (cheap fares from major cities to Laird Campus parking lot)
Greyhound (National): 800-231-2222 or 302-655-6111
UNICITY (Newark only): 302-366-7030
DART (Delaware only): 800-652-3278
Do I need a rental car during Alumni Weekend?
The Comfort Suites, Hilton, Sheraton and Staybridge Suites are a 15-minute drive from campus and not within walking distance to UD. If you decide to stay at one of these hotels, then you would need to rent a car or take a taxi or bus to campus. Be sure and check out the parking section in our Q&A page for best places to park during the weekend.