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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 Application Process for Newly Accepted Students

 

Welcome Blue Hens! First-year students can apply for housing 24-48 hours after they've set up their @udel.edu email account. The First-year application opens on April 1 and students are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline on June 15, 2020. 

First-year students can still apply after June 15, but will not be able to include room preferences, roommate requests or LLC applications. 

Apply for Housing

We encourage new, incoming students to apply for on-campus housing before the priority deadline of June 15*. All applications received by June 15 are given the same priority, but after June 15, room-type 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 June 15.

 

*please note, the priority deadline was postponed from May 15 to June 15 on May 7, 2020

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Students who complete the application by the priority deadline will have the option to create a roommate group with 1-2 other students who also applied during that time. Forming a roommate group does NOT guarantee assignment together, which will depend on space availability. Additionally, students who are required to live in or apply to live in a living learning or theme housing community may be limited to forming roommate groups only with other community members.

 

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 June 15.

 

 

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.

We plan to send preliminary assignment information via email by early August to students who apply by the priority deadline of June 15. This will include area of campus assigned and roommate information. Keep in mind that this information can change before move in.

 

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 June 15, 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.

  Have questions? Email us at reslife-housing@udel.edu

2020-21 Housing Application Process For Returning Students

 

Current students ( rising 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 LLC application for returning students closed on 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 applied by the deadline recieved an email in late 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 haven't received an email by 3/29/20 regarding your priority status, reach out to reslife-housing@udel.edu. 

 

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 14, 2020.

If you no longer wish to live on campus, you can cancel your 2020-2021 contract or request for release by going into the My Housing Portal, go to Application Status, and select “Cancel Application/Request for Release” from the dropdown menu. 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 14, you can cancel through 11:59 p.m. on April 13. As of your binding date, you must submit a Request for Release form for consideration. Release from the contract is not guaranteed and may come with additional financial penalties.

  Have questions? Email us at reslife-housing@udel.edu

 

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.