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Application Guide

All students who wish to live on campus must submit a housing application.

A space in on-campus housing is guaranteed for first-year students, but we do not guarantee a room-type or location.  Upper-division students (students entering their second, third or fourth year) are not guaranteed a space on campus, but we are optimistic about placing students who apply by the posted deadlines. 

You may also consult the Housing Portal to see what updates are available in your application.

First-Year Student Housing Application

2022-23 Academic Year

The first-year housing application is for incoming freshmen and freshman transfers and can be accessed in the My Housing portal. Housing assignments are not first come first served, but the priority deadline is May 17 at 5 p.m. There is no fee to apply.  Read more in the FAQs.

All new first-year students and transfer students admitted as a freshman are required to live on campus in the academic year of admittance and should complete the housing application in the My Housing portal. 

Students can request an exemption to live off-campus if they meet certain criteria to include living with a parent or legal guardian within 30 miles from campus, are married, have a child, or the student is at least 21 years of age by the first day of classes. The full exemption policy and required forms can be found in the First Year Commuter Request process in the housing portal. If you would like to request a housing exemption to commute, be sure to complete the First-Year Exemption Request form in the My Housing portal by May 17.

Failure to complete either a housing application or an exemption request may result in either still being assigned and charged for housing or alternatively not being guaranteed or assigned a space on campus.


We encourage newly admitted first-year students to apply for on-campus housing before the priority deadline of May 17, 2022 at 5 p.m. The application is available in the Apply for Housing section of the My Housing portal 24–48 hours after you deposit to the University and set up your UD email, UDelNetID and password. All applications received by May 17 are given the same priority. For applications completed after May 17, room-type interests and roommate requests will not be accepted, and optional living-learning community applications will be closed. Students wishing to live on campus in the fall should apply by June 16, 2022 at 5 p.m. to be guaranteed a space. After June 16, applicants will be offered housing as space becomes available.

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. Some LLCs are required and some are optional. The supplemental LLC application in the Housing Communities process of the My Housing portal will close on May 17 at 5pm.

You can learn which communities are available here. Locations for all communities will be released in the summer.


About half of incoming first-year students choose to let our system’s algorithm assign them a roommate(s) based on the compatibility 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 request a specific roommate, you can create or join a roommate group within the Roommate Manager section of the My Housing portal before May 17 at 5pm.  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. While we do our best to accommodate requests, roommates are NOT guaranteed for any student.

No roommate requests can be made after the priority deadline.

First-year students will be placed in traditional or suite-style housing. Traditional halls have rooms along the corridor with communal bathrooms.  Suite style halls feature two bedrooms connected by a bathroom.  Our buildings are primarily co-ed by room, meaning that while students of the same gender share a room, the floors are mixed gender. 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 2-7% 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, 2022. Documentation consists of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that explains the current impact of your condition on your housing request. Questions about this process should be directed to the DSS office.

The most common accommodation submitted is air-conditioning as not all of our buildings are air conditioned.  Students are not permitted to bring air conditioners into our residence halls.

Students who already have accommodations on file must submit updated paperwork each year by the posted deadline in order to be valid for the upcoming year. Documentation received late may result in an assignment that does not match your needs.  Our ability to provide an accommodation after the deadline will be extremely limited, consequently, roommate groups will be split up if a late accommodation is received.

We will begin to work on first year student housing assignments after the priority deadline, with those who applied by the deadline receiving priority consideration. Housing assignments and roommate information for first year students will be sent via UD email addresses later in the summer. We appreciate your patience as we work to assign the thousands of new Blue Hens to our residence halls!

Summer Session Housing 2022

Summer session housing through our office is available to matriculated undergraduate UD students who are registered for at least one in-person summer session course. Eligible students should apply in the My Housing Portal by the priority deadline of May 25, 2022.

Only current undergraduate UD students who are taking at least one in-person, credit-bearing summer course are eligible to live in summer session housing with our office and should apply through the My Housing portal. Course registration will be verified. Summer housing is not guaranteed as space is limited, so we encourage students to apply by the priority deadline of May 25 for the best consideration. The application will remain open after that date pending space availability.

Students only taking online classes, doing an internship or research, attending a conference, working for a UD department or doing any other activity on campus are not eligible to live in the residence halls with the summer school students. Instead, these students must either seek off-campus housing or can request summer housing through the Conference Services Camps & Summer Housing program. Visit their website to learn more about the program, access the registration form, and contact their office with any questions.

Summer school housing will be located in James Smith hall on Laird campus, which offers single and double suites where two rooms are connected by a shared bathroom. The majority of students will be assigned to a double suite since single suites are very limited. Room type and roommate requests cannot be guaranteed for any student.

Yes, all students living in summer school housing are required to purchase a dining plan in addition to the cost of housing. More information about the summer dining plans can be found on the Dining Services website.


Housing accommodations already documented through Disability Support Services will be considered during placements. If we are unable to meet an accommodation, we will notify the student.

Session Check In Check Out
First Summer Session Only (5 weeks) Sunday, June 5
Noon - 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 9
Noon - 7 p.m.
Single: $1,536
Double: $1,308
Second Summer Session Only (5 weeks) Sunday, July 10
Noon - 5 p.m
Friday, August 12
Noon - 7 p.m.
Single: $1,536
Double: $1,308
First and Second Summer Sessions (10 weeks) Sunday, June 5
Noon - 5 p.m.
Friday, August 12
Noon - 7 p.m.
Single: $3,072
Double: $2,616
7 ½ Week Summer Session Sunday, June 5
Noon - 5 p.m.
Thursday, July 28
Noon -7 p.m.
Single: $2,368
Double: $2,018

We cannot accommodate requests to check-in outside of the specified dates and times listed above based on staff availability and room readiness, so plan to adjust your schedule accordingly. If you need to check out prior to noon at the end of your session, please make an appointment in advance with the summer session in-hall staff.

Students already living on campus for Spring 2022 who plan to stay for the first summer session and need housing between the end of the spring semester and start of the summer session can also request Interim Housing within their summer application. We suggest you make the request early since we can’t guarantee approval. If approved, you will have continuous housing from the end of the spring semester through the start of the first summer session. You’ll be required to move to your summer assignment on May 28 between 9am-Noon and will be charged an additional fee of $400. We’ll send you additional details via email about the relocation process toward the end of the spring semester.

Students who no longer plan to live on campus for the summer after applying can cancel their Summer 2022 application within the Application Status section of the My Housing portal prior to the start of their session without financial penalty.



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.