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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.

Breaks Housing

Most Residence Halls close during Thanksgiving and December Break, but students can request to stay, if needed. All residents of apartment-style spaces maintain access to their apartments through breaks.

Thanksgiving Break (November 19-28)

Application opens October 20 and closes November 18 at 5 p.m.

Residence halls close at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 19 and reopen at noon on Sunday, November 28. Students living in the residence halls (except apartments) are expected to vacate by the posted time and will regain building access when the halls reopen. If you need to request a late stay, or plan to stay on campus during the break, you'll need to fill out the Thanksgiving Break application in the Breaks & Early/Late Stays section of the My Housing Portal. If you live in apartment-style housing (University Courtyard Apartments or Executive Apartments), you'll keep your building access and do not need to apply for late stay break housing.


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Late Stay

Any student (except apartment residents) who needs to stay past 7 p.m. on November 19 due to a late class or other circumstance must sign up for a late stay until 10 a.m. Saturday, November 20. There is no additional fee for a late stay, however, if you leave later than 10 a.m., you may be charged a $150 improper checkout fee.

Full Break Housing

Any student (except apartment residents) who needs to stay on campus for any portion of the break past the late stay must sign up to retain hall access for the full break. There is no additional fee for Thanksgiving break housing. While residence hall staff will be available during the break, other university services, including dining, student health services, and recreational activities, may be limited or completely unavailable.

How to Prepare for the Break

If leaving for Thanksgiving break, you don't need to formally check out with a staff member or turn in your room key; however, your building access will be turned off when halls close (if you don't live in an apartment). Please keep your room key and student ID card in a safe place over break! If lost, replacements will incur a fee.
Before leaving for break, you should make sure to do the following:

  • If applicable, close and lock your windows and close the shades.
  • Remove perishable items from your refrigerator.
  • Take garbage and recycling to appropriate dumpsters.
  • Unplug all electronics except refrigerators and fish tanks.
  • If applicable, turn the heat on to low.
  • Close and lock your doors and turn off lights.
  • Your RA will give you a checklist, and each roommate will need to complete and sign it. During break, the RA staff will enter student rooms to conduct health and safety checks, which help us maintain the safety and security of our residence halls.




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.