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Returning Students

Hey, Blue Hen!

We hope you’ll consider living on campus as a returning, upper division student and take advantage of all that the residence hall community has to offer past your first year! Already living on campus? We’re so glad!


Learn more about our residence halls and programs below, and review general reminders about returning student housing.  Stay updated on specific housing application information on our Application Guide page as processes open.

Frequently Asked Questions

On-campus housing is not guaranteed for students after the first academic year/semester of initial admission to the University.  Returning students must complete an application on the My Housing portal during the application timeframe to be considered for a space on campus, and there is no fee to apply.  Applicants will be notified via email whether or not we can guarantee them a space on campus.

For returning student not already on campus who want to move on campus in the spring semester, the spring housing application opens in early November with a priority deadline in mid-December.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting.

For returning students wanting to live on campus next year (2023-2024), the application is expected to be open the first week of the 2023 spring semester, and to close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.  All applications will be reviewed after the deadline.

Guarantee of housing is dependent upon how many students apply for housing.  Priority for being guaranteed a space on campus for next year will generally be based on when a student was admitted to UD.  Rising sophomores (any first year student admitted during the 2022-2023 academic year, regardless of credits completed) will receive highest priority, followed next by rising juniors and rising seniors.  If the number of rising sophomores who apply outnumbers the available spaces, not all rising sophomores will be guaranteed and no other groups will be guaranteed.  Priority to be guaranteed housing within each class grouping will be determined at random.  Note that this differs from room selection priority.

Students who are not guaranteed housing may have the opportunity to be placed on a waitlist for housing if space becomes available during the summer.

Yes, students who apply during the application period can request roommates.  For the academic year process, students can form roommate groups of 2-4 students.  If one student in the group is guaranteed housing, all students in the group will be guaranteed housing.  While most students in roommate groups are able to be assigned together, forming a roommate group does not guarantee assignment together; assignment will depend on space availability.

Traditional, suite, and apartment-style housing are available, with each type representing about one third of our-inventory for returning students.  Room types included limited single-occupancy rooms, with the majority of students living in double and triple occupancy.  Where a student ends up will depend on what housing options are available at the time that they select their space or are assigned to a space.  To learn more about our buildings and amenities, Explore Our Halls online.

When you apply for housing, you are applying for a space on campus in general.  Students cannot apply to live in a specific location or room type, and we can't guarantee placement in a specific location.  We recommend that students who only want to live in an apartment look off campus since only about 30% of returning students will live in apartments on campus.

Most, but not all, returning students who get guaranteed housing for next year will self-select their housing assignment in the spring during an online room-selection process.  Priority for room selection/assignment will be determined by seniority (term admitted to UD with most senior students selecting first) and then roommate group size (larger groups selecting before individuals).  Priority will be averaged for groups with mixed class years. 

Guaranteed students who do not get the opportunity to self-select their space will be manually assigned by our staff throughout the summer.

Let's get you connected

We're glad you're a Blue Hen! Learn more about our residence halls and apartments, or contact us with your housing questions. We're here for you.

Residence Life & Housing is part of the Division of Student Life, which advances equity and inclusion, deepens student learning and drives holistic development through education, experiences and communities.