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Housing Info & Policies

When you live in the residence halls, you become part of a community rich in history and tradition. Whether you will live in one of our historic buildings or one of our newer halls, you will have one important thing in common with everyone in our residential community: excellence. Students who live on campus consistently earn higher grades, feel more supported and are more involved with the UD community.

First-Year Student Housing Application

2021-22 Academic Year

The first-year housing application is for incoming freshman and can be accessed on the My Housing portal. It is not first come first served, but we encourage students to apply by the priority deadline. The application does not require an application fee.  Read more in the FAQs. 

 

 

We encourage new, incoming students to apply for on-campus housing before the priority deadline. All applications received by the priority deadline are given the same priority, but after the priority deadline, room-type interests preferences and roommate requests will not be accepted, and optional living-learning community applications will be closed.

As a reminder, all first-year students are required to live on campus but can request an exemption if they are living with a parent or legal guardian within 30 miles from campus. If you would like to request to commute, be sure to complete the First-Year Commuter Waiver form in the My Housing portal by the priority deadline.

 

The application is available on the My Housing portal 48 hours after you deposit to the University and set up your UD email, UDelNetID and password. All applications received by the priority deadline are given the same priority, but after the priority deadline, room-type interests and roommate requests will not be accepted, and optional living-learning community applications will be closed.

 

On-campus housing communities and Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide students with unique experiences designed around academic programs, interests or identities. All LLCs are supported by an academic department.

You can learn which communities are available here

About half of incoming first-year students choose let the algorithm assign their roommate based the compatability of their lifestyle answers in the housing application. Roughly speaking, we don't see increased roommate conflict in 'random' roommates and it can be an excellent opportunity to meet a new friend group.

If you would like to select a roommate, you can create a roommate group within the My Housing portal before the priority deadline. If you are part of a Living Learning or Theme Housing Community, you may only be able to select other students who are also in the community.

 New this year, students have the option to fill out a supplemental roommate questionnaire. The questionnaire gives students an opportunity to share additional information about themselves and reach out to other students looking for a roommate. The roommate questionnaire is optional and not a required step for forming a roommate group. Learn more and fill out a questionnaire on our roommate resources page. All roommate requests must be completed within the Roommate Manager in the My Housing portal by the priority deadline.

First-year students will be placed in traditional or suite-style housing. You can learn more about our buildings on the Explore Our Halls page. 

Housing rates are determined by the Board of Trustees in their spring meeting, and are generally released in June or July. We typically see a 2-5% increase to the previous year's rates, which can be seen below. 

If you have a medical, psychological or physical condition that requires a housing accommodation, you must submit documentation to Disability Support Services no later than May 17, 2021. Documentation consists of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that explains the current impact of your condition on your housing request. Students who already have accommodations on file must submit updated paperwork each year by the posted deadline. Questions about this process should be directed to the DSS office.

Documentation received late may result in an assignment that does not match your needs.

 

  • What if I want to commute?

    • Newly admitted first-year students and students admitted as freshman transfers are required to live in university housing during the year they are admitted.  Exemptions to the residency requirement include:

      • Married:  Students who are married as of the first day of classes

      • Over 21 - Students who are 21 years of age or older as of the first day of classes

      • Commute from Home - Students who live at home with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in their permanent residence that is within a 30-mile commuting distance from the Newark Campus.  The address needs to be established prior to May 1 for fall admits and prior to September 1 for spring admits.

    • The full Exemption Policy and required forms can be found in the First Year Commuter Waiver process within the My Housing portal housing application.  These must be completed and submitted to the Residence Life & Housing office for review and approval.  Failure to complete this step will result in a default housing assignment and charge to the student account.

Returning Student Housing Application

2021-22 Academic Year

The returning student application is for all rising sophomores, juniors and seniors and can be accessed on the My Housing Portal. It opens on Tuesday, March 23rd at Noon and closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13.  It is not first come first served.  The application does not require an application fee. 

 


On-campus housing communities and Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide students with unique experiences designed around academic programs, interests or identities. All LLCs are supported by an academic department.

You can learn which communities are available here

The housing application will be available on the My Housing Portal on Tuesday, March 23rd at Noon and will close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, April 13.  The application does not require an application fee and all students are welcome to apply.  The application is to apply for consideration for a spot on campus with priority given to rising sophomores.  Not all students will be guaranteed but will receive an email one week after the application closes about their status.  Students may also apply for a Living Learning Community during this time.

 

The priority for receiving a space on campus for 2021-2022 as a returning student will generally be based on when a student was admitted to UD with rising sophomores (students first admitted during the 2020-2021 academic year) receiving highest priority. 

If students are guaranteed a space on campus during the applicaiton period, they may be able to participate in room selection and be offered a timeslot based on room selection priority. Room selection priority will be determined by seniority (class year and cumulative credits). Priority will be averaged across/within roommate groups.

We anticipate that most students who are guaranteed a space on campus will have an opportunity to select their own room.  This process will begin in May 2021.

You will receive an email to your udel email account notifying you if we are able to offer you a space on campus. 

If you are offered a space on campus, the email will also contain directions for creating a roommate group in the My Housing Portal. You will only be able to create rooommate groups with other students who have also been guaranteed housing.  If you have been guaranteed housing as part of a Living Learning or Theme Housing Community, you will only be able to select other students who are also in the community.

Traditional, suite, and apartment-style housing will all be available for next year.  Availability of housing styles will vary based on what is available at the time of your selection time and date.

When you apply for housing, you are applying to live on campus.  We do not guarantee a particular style of housing, specific room, or roommate as part of being guaranteed housing on campus.

The room assignment process will begin in May. If you are able to self-select housing, you will know your space on campus as soon as you select.  If you do not select your own space, you will be notified of your assignment sometime after you are assigned by our team.

  • You can cancel your application without fee up until you are guaranteed housing.  We expect to send out guarantees of housing on April 20th.  

  • If you are guaranteed, you have from that point through June 14 to cancel with a $200 cancellation fee.  Beginning June 15, you can no longer cancel your application.

  • If you are not guaranteed housing and are placed on our waitlist, you can continue to cancel at any time without fee up until the time you are guaranteed housing.  Once you are guaranteed housing, you will have three business days before your contract is binding to continue to cancel with a $200 cancellation fee.  Once your contract binding date occurs, you may not cancel your contract.

The Housing Contract is like a lease in that it is a legally-binding financial agreement. Before you sign your contract, please be sure to review the terms and agreements outlined, as release from your contract (after the binding date) is very unlikely. 

Housing rates are determined by the Board of Trustees in their spring meeting, and are generally released in June or July. We typically see a 2-5% increase to the previous year's rates, which can be seen below. 

2021-2022 Housing Rates

All students assigned to residence halls will be charged one of our published rates for the assigned hall and room type. A charge of $4,333.00 on your student account means that you were billed for housing, but you have not yet been charged for your specific assignment.  Your charge will be adjusted once the billing functions for the term have been completed.

For rate questions, please email us.

The traditional residence halls without air conditioning include: Brown, Cannon, Harrington, Harter, Lane, New Castle, Russell, Smyth, and Thompson.

Room Type Annual Rate Semester Rate
Single room $9,874 $4,937
Single room with bath $10,874 $5,437
Double room $8,304 $4,152
Double room with bath $8,810 $4,405
Large room (triple/quad) $8,304 $4,152

The traditional residence halls with air conditioning include: Caesar Rodney, Gilbert, Kent, Redding, Sharp, South Academy Street, Squire, Sussex and Sypherd.

Room Type Annual Rate Semester Rate
Single room $10,040 $5,020
Single room with lofted bed $9,874 $4,937
Single room with bath $11,060 $5,530
Double room $8,486 $4,243
Double room with bath $8,986 $4,493
Large room (triple/quad) $8,486 $4,243
Large room (triple/quad) with bath $8,986 $4,493

The suite-style residence halls with air conditioning include: George Read, Independence, James Smith, Ray Street and Thomas McKean.

Room Type Annual Rate Semester Rate
Single room in suite $10,702 $5,351
Double/Triple room in suite $9,120 $4,560

Executive apartments can be found in multiple residence halls.

Room Type Annual Rate Semester Rate
Apartment without air conditioning $8,764 $4,382
Apartment with air conditioning $9,264 $4,632
Room Type
Annual Rate
Semester Rate
1 bedroom, 1 bath $12,960 $6,480
2 bedroom, 2 bath $10,752 $5,376
2 bedroom, 2 bath (large) $11,060 $5,530
4 bedroom, 2 bath $9,982 $4,991
4 bedroom, 4 bath $10,174 $5,087

 

Residence Life & Housing is part of the Division of Student Life, which contributes and facilitates critical learning and development within healthy, inclusive and supportive communities, so that all students may thrive at UD and beyond.