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Moving in & out

Spring 2023

Whether you are a new or returning student, we're excited to welcome you to campus in Spring.

Students can report directly to their residence halls for move-in on Sunday, February 5 from 10 a.m.—7 p.m. Students are not assigned specific check-in windows for that day, but they must plan to arrive during the posted time frame. 


With the winter academic term still in session, spring early arrival opportunities are very limited. 


Early check-in to the residence halls for Spring 2023 is ONLY available to international students participating in International Student Orientation (ISO) and students who register for and participate in the Spring Into Success (SIS) Conference. Standard early arrival fees are $50/night.


Spring Into Success is a 2-day success conference on February 3-4 available to all students living on campus as well as new first year and transfer commuter students who want to discover inspiration and resources to achieve academic and personal goals. Learn more on our Current Events page.


Early check in for students participating in the conference will occur on Thursday, February 2 from 2-6 p.m. Early arrival fees will be waived for conference attendees pending confirmation of participation. Students who don’t fulfill participation requirements will be charged the full early check-in fee.


International students participating in ISO only or ISO and the conference can check in on Wednesday, February 1 from 4-7 p.m. or by advance appointment. ISO attendees who don’t participate in the conference will be charged a reduced early arrival fee of $25/night.

Eligible students can register for the conference and/or request an early check-in by completing the Spring Into Success & Early Arrival 2023 application within the Breaks & Early/Late Stays section of the My Housing portal by January 25 or until conference capacity is reached.

Resident Assistant staff will distribute room keys in the posted main lounge for that area. New students moving into the University Courtyard Apartments should go to the UCA clubhouse for check-in.

Gates around the walking paths at South Academy, Gilbert, Redding, Caesar Rodney, James Smith, Thomas McKean and Independence Halls will be open for cars to get closer to those buildings for drop & go unloading on Thursday, February 2 from 2-6pm and Sunday, February 5 from 10am-7pm.

Check-in locations by building: 

  1. Arrive at your assigned residence hall and follow signage to the check-in location. 
  2. Check-in staff will be there to welcome you and give you your room key/fob. 
  3. Proceed to the drop-and-go lane of your assigned building and unload your vehicle. Someone must stay with the vehicle at all times. 

  4. Once you are finished unloading, park your vehicle in a designated long term parking spot. We recommend that someone stays with your belongings while moving the car.

  5. Students and live-in staff will be available at your assigned buildings to welcome you and answer any questions. 

  6. Bring items to your room assignment and unpack your room! 

Personal items:

  • Twin XL bedding (for suite-style residence halls) or Full-size bedding (apartments), and pillows
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Clothing & shoes for rain, shine and possible snow!
  • Coat hangers
  • Shampoo, Soap, deodorant
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Bathmat
  • Toilet Paper
  • Laundry supplies (basket, detergent, etc)
  • Personal and OTC medications

Cleaning Supplies:

  • Bathroom cleaning supplies if living in a suite or apartment (Students in these spaces are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms)
  • Kitchen cleaning supplies (if in an apartment)
  • Vacuums are available to sign out at RA offices, but you may also bring your own
  • Disinfectant Surface Wipes


  • Microwave no larger than 700 watts
  • Refrigerator no larger than 4.5 cubic ft


  • Laptop/Computer, charger
  • Printer
  • Surge Protector
  • Desk Lamp
  • Headphones with Mic


  • A few decorative Items
  • Foods & snacks
  • Bike/bike lock (for added safety, register your bicycle with Parking Services)
  • Kitchen items, depending on room type
  • A small tool kit

Prohibited Appliances:

Preventing fire and electrical hazards is a very important shared responsibility of each community member necessary to maintain a safe environment.

Residents must not use or possess the appliances/items listed below.

  • Appliances containing exposed heating elements

  • Space heaters

  • Immersion coils for cups and mugs

  • Hot plates

  • Electric frying pans

  • Toasters & Toaster Ovens (only exceptions are University Courtyard Apartments)

  • Griddles

  • Dishwashers (except those installed by the university)

  • Indoor/outdoor grills of any kind including electric, gas or coal

  • Microwaves that exceed 700 watts

  • Large refrigerators (capacity greater than 4.5 cubic feet) and more than one refrigerator per room are not permitted

  • Halogen lamps

  • Extension cords without internal circuit breaker

  • Portable or free standing air conditioning or dehumidifier units

  • 3D Printers (3D printers may only be used in academic spaces)

Additional prohibited items: 


  • Candles, electric candle warmers, incense and electric candle warmers.
  • The University of Delaware is a Tobacco-Free campus. The use of all tobacco products, tobacco related products, and smoking, including E-cigarettes and vaporizers, is prohibited on University property including residence hall rooms, apartments, University grounds and public areas. Read the full policy here.
  • The university does not permit bed lofts be they purchased or self-made. Students are permitted to utilize products frequently referred to as bed risers or furniture lifts which fit under the feet of the bed. These are only permitted under an individual bed, not under bunked beds. Most of these products are under 8 inches tall which provide the extra space desired for storage.



Each student in the room has a bed (XL twin for most of campus, full-sized in Apartment-style), a desk, a desk-chair, a wardrobe or closet/set of drawers, a waste basket and a recycling bin. The windows have built-in adjustable coverings (either blinds in apartments or roll-up shades in traditional and suite style buildings).

Students assigned to the room type “Triple Room (FY)” or “Triple Suite (FY)” should expect that two of the three beds are bunked with 3 full sets of furniture in the room. This is important for planning as under-bed storage is less available.

In suite-style rooms and apartments, residents are responsible for cleaning and supplying their bathrooms, though the shower is equipped with a plastic liner. In traditional-style rooms, the hall bathrooms are stocked with toilet paper and cleaned regularly by custodial services.

All rooms have ethernet access to the internet and secure wifi. University of Delaware does not provide or offer cable television.

Traditional and suite-style residence halls all have laundry facilities and access to a shared kitchen in the building. 

Parking Services supervises and directs parking when it is for the purpose of loading and unloading student possessions during the change of semesters.

Vehicles are permitted to unload in driveways adjacent to residence halls for up to 30 minutes at the beginning and end of each semester when students move in and out of the residence halls. 

Each vehicle must be attended by a person who can move it immediately in the event of an emergency; any unattended vehicle will be towed at the owner's expense. 

Vehicles are not permitted to park in fire lanes. Handicap parking spaces are enforced at all times. 

Contact Parking Services or visit their website if you have additional questions.


First Day of Classes is Monday February 6, 2023

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.