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Application Guide

Our housing applications have a lot of details, so this application guide will help you figure out which application is right for you, and hopefully answer any questions you might have. Read about our open applications below, and then hop over to the Housing Portal to fill one out.

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2020-21 Housing Application Process


Current students (first-year, sophomores, juniors & seniors), Associate in Arts students transitioning to Newark and World Scholars were eligible to apply for guaranteed housing from Oct. 1 to Nov. 11.  

From February 5 through February 28 at 5 p.m., returning students with a valid application can log back in to update preferences such as lifestyle questions, roommates and LLC applications. 

In February 2020, only current students newly admitted to UD for Spring are able to apply for housing for the 2020-2021 academic year. All other current students were eligible to apply for guaranteed housing from Oct. 1 to Nov. 11, 2019. If we have space available, we may open a late application; however, we will not be able to guarantee housing to any student who applies at that time. 

In February, students who completed an application during their guaranteed timeframe can complete an application for a Living Learning Community or housing community. If approved for the community, you'll only be able to select from, or be placed into, available spaces within that community. Applying in a roommate group? Every student needs to complete an application!

The application is now open and will be available until 5pm February 28, 2020.

Students who completed the application during their guaranteed timeframe will have the option to create a roommate group with other students who also applied during that time. This will allow the group of 2-4 students the opportunity to self-select a room or be assigned to a room together. However, forming a roommate group does not guarantee assignment together, which will depend on space availability.

Roommate groups can be formed or edited using the Roommate Manager process within the My Housing Portal from the start of the application period through 5pm on February 28, 2020.

Students can also opt to go through the process as an individual. This does not guarantee assignment to a single occupancy room and can result in receiving any eligible student as a roommate.

If you have a dietary, medical or physical need that requires a housing accommodation, you must submit documentation to Disability Support Services no later than February 28, 2020. 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.

Priority for the room selection & assignment process for the 2020-2021 Academic Year is determined by a student's class year and cumulative credits completed which are retrieved from UDSIS. Priority is averaged for roommate groups.

Students who apply by the deadline will receive an email in early-mid March regarding their priority in the room selection and assignment process and instructions for next steps. Not all students who apply will have a chance to self-select housing prior to the end of the spring semester. Many students will be assigned by our staff throughout the summer and may not receive their assignment until August.

If you no longer plan to live on campus, please be sure to cancel your contract by going into the My Housing Portal, select “My Application Status”, and select “Cancel Application” from the dropdown menu. Students who cancel before 5pm on February 28, 2020 will not be subject to the $200 cancellation fee. 

The housing application is considered valid when a student signs the Student Housing Contract and agrees to the fees associated with the cancellation. Students under the age of 18 will need a parent/guardian to sign the contract for them. Before signing the contract, it is important to know when your contract will become legally and financially binding.

Students applying during their guaranteed open enrollment period listed above will become bound to the housing contract as of April 7, 2020.

You can cancel your housing contract until 11:59 p.m. the night prior to your contract binding date. This means that if your binding date is April 7, you have until 11:59 p.m. on April 6 to cancel.

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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.