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Application Guide

All students who wish to live on campus during the academic year must submit a housing application by the designated deadline to be considered.
 

There are also other times of year when a supplemental application is required to live on campus, for example during breaks, early arrival or late stay, and winter or summer sessions.

Keep reading to learn more about active or upcoming application processes. You may also consult the My Housing Portal to see which applications are available to complete, you've already completed or you need to update.

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.

December Break (Friday, Dec. 16–Monday, Jan. 2, 2023)

Application open Thursday, Nov. 17–Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Cost: $480

For December Break, students not living in apartment-style residence halls should plan to leave the halls within 24 hours of their last final exam and no later than Friday, December 16 at 10 p.m. when halls officially close for the break. If you need to request a late stay for an exam or plan to stay on campus for any part of the break, you'll need to complete the December Break application in the My Housing Portal. Apartment residents who are returning for the spring will automatically retain access to their unit for the break for no additional fee and don't need to apply to stay.

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Late Stay

Any student (except apartment residents) who needs to stay past 10 p.m. on December 16 due to a late final exam or travel restrictions can sign up for a late stay through 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 17. All check-out procedures should still be followed upon a late departure. There is no additional fee for a late stay, however, if you leave later than 10 a.m. that day or don’t follow check-out instructions upon your departure, you may be charged an improper checkout fee and/or a core change fee adding up to $250.


Full Break Housing

Any student (except apartment residents) who needs to stay on campus for any portion of December Break past the late stay time must sign up to retain access to their hall for the full break. We do not offer partial hall access or a prorated fee. The December Break housing fee is $480 and will be charged to the student account. 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.

Students who are not returning to the residence halls (including apartments) for the spring semester due to withdrawal, leave of absence, study abroad, etc. are not eligible for December Break housing and must vacate by the time the halls close at the end of the fall semester.


How to Prepare for the Break

All students (except apartment residents) who are leaving for December Break must turn in their room key and check out with an in-hall staff member (Resident Assistants and Residence Hall Coordinators/Hall Directors) during the designated times for their building. If you lost your key, you should still check out with staff. Failure to follow check-out procedures could lead to an improper checkout fee and/or a key core change fee adding up to $250.

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. Make sure to do the following to prepare your room before you go:

  • If applicable, close and lock your windows and close the shades.

  • Take garbage and recycling to appropriate dumpsters.

  • Empty and defrost refrigerators a few days before leaving.

  • Unplug all electronics.

  • If applicable, turn your heat on to low.

  • Close and lock your doors and turn off lights.

  • Check your mailbox and pick up any packages.

  • Return any resources (i.e. spare ONEcard, etc.)

  • Each roommate should complete and sign the room checklist provided by staff.

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Winter Session Housing 2023

Winter Session housing on campus is available to students who meet specific criteria. Read our FAQ to find out who is eligible, who needs to submit an application, and more.

The Winter Session housing application will open in the My Housing portal on October 25 with a priority deadline of December 5 at 5 p.m. Applications submitted after the priority deadline may result in delayed processing and communication from our office. Read below to find out if you are eligible for Winter Session housing and if you need to submit an application.

I currently live in an on-campus apartment.

As a student living in the University Courtyard Apartments or Executive Apartments for the Fall and Spring, you don't need to fill out the Winter Session housing application and will automatically retain access to your residence hall during that time at no additional cost. You can choose to sign up for any of the available dining plans, but aren't required to.  If you are graduating, withdrawing or spending the Spring semester abroad, you will need to fully move out of your room by 10 p.m. on Friday, December 16.

 

I currently live in the residence halls and am taking an IN-PERSON Winter Session course.

As a student living in a traditional or suite-style residence hall for fall semester who has enrolled in at least one in-person Winter Session course on the Newark campus, you will be automatically reassigned to your room for the appropriate Winter Session period and do not need to complete an application. 

You aren't required to live on campus for Winter Session, so if you don't plan to live on campus, you'll need to cancel your Winter Session application/assignment to let us know you won’t be here (see additional instructions below).

You won't be charged for Winter Session housing, however, you need to purchase a full Winter Session meal plan if living on campus. If you don't select a specific meal plan on your own, you'll be assigned and billed for the default plan. For more information about choosing a meal plan, visit Dining Services

 

I currently live in the residence halls and am only taking ONLINE Winter Session courses.

As a student living in a traditional or suite-style residence hall for fall semester who is only taking online Winter Session courses, you won't automatically be given a Winter housing assignment. If you want to live on campus, you'll need to complete a Winter housing application in the My Housing portal by the priority deadline. 

Other details listed in the “In-Person Courses” section above regarding room changes and meal plans apply.

 

I currently live in the residence halls but am not taking any Winter Session courses.

As a student living in a traditional or suite-style residence hall for fall semester who is not enrolled in a Winter Session course, you can request to live on campus if:

  • You have a University-related reason (such as University employment, research, sport, etc.) Program supervisor approval is required as part of the application process.

  • You are an international student who needs to stay on campus during the Winter Session.

Students in both cases must submit a Winter housing application in the My Housing portal by the priority deadline.

Other details listed in the “In-Person Courses” section above regarding room changes and meal plans apply.

Students not taking Winter Session courses or who do not meet this criteria are not eligible for Winter Session housing.

 

I’m an Associate in Arts student taking an in-person class in Newark for Winter Session.

As an Associate in Arts student taking an in-person Newark campus class during Winter Session, you can request to live on campus for Winter Session only by completing the application in the My Housing portal by the priority deadline. We'll notify you via email as soon as possible if we are able to house you.

There is a $500 housing fee. You are also required to purchase a full Winter Session dining plan. If you don't select a plan, you'll be assigned and billed for the default plan.

 

I’m a new applicant for Spring semester housing and also need Winter Session housing.

Newly admitted first year and transfer students for the Spring, or returning students not currently living on campus, who have applied for Spring semester on-campus housing can request to move in to the residence halls for Winter Session if they are registered for Winter Session classes or are involved in a university sponsored activity during the session. You’ll need to notify us of your intention by completing a Winter housing application in the My Housing Portal by the priority deadline. We will notify you via email if we are able to house you for Winter Session.

You can cancel your Winter Session application and/or assignment in the Application Status Section of the My Housing Portal. If you've been charged for a dining plan, you can change or cancel your dining plan by visiting udel.edu/diningrequest.

Residence hall check-in for Winter Session is on Monday, January 2, 2023 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Students can arrive at any time during this window.

Students leaving on-campus housing after Winter Session must check out of the residence halls by 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2023. Students staying on campus in the same room for the Spring don’t need to check out.

If you need to request to check in or out of the halls at a time other than those listed here, you may be charged a fee and should contact the Residence Hall Coordinator for your building or the Residence Life & Housing office in advance.

Students enrolled in Winter Session classes pay a health fee and are free to fully make use of Student Health Services. Students not enrolled in Winter Session may visit Student Health Services and pay a fee-for-service. Learn more about the fees and charges here.

Spring 2023 Semester Housing

Students new to the university in the spring or who don’t already live on campus can apply to move into the residence halls for the Spring semester.

All newly admitted spring first-year students, transfer students admitted as a freshman, and class of 2026 World Scholars returning from study abroad are required to live on campus in the spring and should complete the housing application in the My Housing portal. 

Freshman transfer students are typically identified by the Office of Admissions as incoming transfers being admitted with 18 or fewer credits from another postsecondary institution and have graduated from high school within the last year. 

First-year 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, are at least 21 years of age by the first day of classes, or have a “Freshman Transfer” classification. The full exemption policy and required forms can be found in the First Year Commuter Request process in the housing portal. If you want to request a housing exemption, complete the First-Year Exemption Request form in the My Housing portal by January 13, 2023 instead of a housing application.

Failure for first-year students 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.

The following students should complete the Spring Semester housing application:

  • Newly admitted first-year, freshman transfer and transfer students joining the Newark campus for the first time this Spring who want to live on campus
  • World Scholar first-year students admitted in Fall 2022 who are currently abroad and will be returning to campus in the Spring
  • Current undergraduate students NOT already living on campus who wish to move on campus for the Spring

  • Associate in Arts students transitioning to the Newark campus for the first time this Spring who want to live on campus.

Students who already have active, guaranteed housing contracts for the academic year and have been living on campus for fall will automatically be reassigned to spring housing and do not need to apply.

 

Spring housing is only guaranteed through the spring application for 1) spring admit first year students, 2) spring admit freshman transfer students and 3) class of 2026 World Scholar students returning from study abroad. All of these student groups become bound to the contract three business days after completing a valid application.

For all other students, including transfer students not admitted with a freshman transfer status, housing is not guaranteed and will be offered to applicants via email pending space availability. These students become bound to the contract three business days after being notified of a housing guarantee.  We highly recommend applying by the priority deadline for the best consideration.

 

The Spring Semester housing application will open in the My Housing portal in early-November with a deadline of December 14, 2022 at 5pm for priority consideration. The application will remain open through the start of the spring semester space permitting, but applications submitted after the priority deadline may result in delayed processing and communication from our office. For newly admitted students, the application should become available in the portal after making the admissions deposit.

Vacancies are limited for spring semester housing. Students will have the option to indicate building and room type interests and a roommate request within the application, but these are not guaranteed. Completely open rooms for roommates in the spring are rare, but we will accommodate as many requests as we can space permitting.

Students interested in living in one of our specific In-Hall Communities should email us at reslife-housing@udel.edu at the point of application to indicate interest, though final placements will be space pending.

Students who apply by the priority deadline and get guaranteed spring housing will be assigned by our staff and provided assignment information via UD email during the last week of January. Assignments are finalized this late so that we can verify as many spaces as possible to work through specific student requests. Keep in mind that location, room type and roommate requests are not guaranteed, and placement will depend on available space. Explore our halls online to learn more about our different buildings.

Students with a dietary or medical circumstance requiring housing accommodations must submit documentation to the appropriate office by the priority application deadline. Additional details can be found within the housing application, or you can reach out to either the Office of Disability Support Services or Dining Services for more information.

 

Students who apply for spring housing can cancel their applications within the Application Status section of the My Housing Portal before becoming bound to the contract and will only be charged a $200 cancellation fee. After becoming bound to the contract, students can complete a Request for Release from the contract. Release is not guaranteed and may come with additional financial penalties. Students required to live on campus will receive follow up from our office in the event of a cancellation request.

Residence Life & Housing is part of the Division of Student Life, which advances equity and inclusion, deepens student learning and drives holistic development through education, experiences and communities.