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Move-in Guide

Spring 2021 Move-in

Move-in marks the beginning of your journey on UD's campus, and we’re so excited to have you back. 


We are currently hard at work assigning rooms and preparing for move-in. We appreciate your patience as we accomplish what is usually a 3-month process in just a few weeks. Our assignments staff are working at the very top of their capacity to get this information to you as soon as possible.


Spring move-in is occurring between February 10 and February 14, 2021. We plan to release spring room assignments, move-in appointments and move-in information via a single email the week of January 25-29. 

There will be a brief opportunity to change your move-in appointment after you receive your appointment, so be sure to check your email daily the week of January 25-29! Again, we appreciate your patience and flexibility and we will do our best to get the information to you as soon as we can. 


On move-in day, staff, students and volunteers will be available to welcome you and answer questions. Read our FAQs below for developing details about the logistics, how to prepare, and what we're doing to keep everyone healthy and safe.


We are so happy to have you on campus!

Spring 2021 Move-in

The new year is here and we are working furiously to get the details of your physically-distanced spring 2021 move-in to you! We recognize your need to have the information ASAP and we will update this site as soon as information becomes available.

Students received their move-in appointment with their room assignment email on Thursday, January 28. If you have misplaced your move-in appointment, you can access it on the My Housing Portal.

All students are assigned a two-hour appoinment for check-in and move-in. Your check-in time is at the start of your appointment. Please arrive +/- 15 minutes of your appointment time. Students are limited to two move-in helpers, and the helpers will be expected to leave the residence hall at the conclusion or your appointment.



Don't forget to bring these on Move-in Day: 

  • Face coverings for each person (to be worn in all common areas outside of your assigned room) 


What to Expect: 

  1. Arrive 15 minutes before or after your assigned timeslot. Report to your assigned central check-in location. 
  2. Check-in staff will be there to welcome you. 

  3. Specific details of the check-in process for picking up your key, ID card and any other applicable building acccess items are still in development, but you can be confident we will update you here and via email with all the details you need to know! 

  4. Proceed to the drop-and-go lane of your assigned building and unload your vehicle. Someone must stay with the vehicle at all times. 

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

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

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

  8. To maintain low-occupancy and physical distancing in the halls during Move-in, we ask that Move-in helpers leave the building once the two-hour Move-in timeslot is complete. 

Unfortunately there are no new microfridge rentals available for the spring. 

Students are welcomed to purchase and install their own minifridges (less than 4.5 cubic feet) and microwaves (700 watts max). 

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 uyou 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

COVID-19 Precautions:

  • 7-14 reusable face coverings (CDC recommends you wash after every use) or 3.5 months supply of disposable masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Thermometer


  • A few decorative Items
  • Foods & snacks
  • Bike/bike lock
  • Kitchen items, depending on room type

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 vaporizors, is prohibited on University property including residence hall rooms, apartments, University grounds and public areas. Read the full policy here.


Each room has a bed (XL twin for most of campus, full-sized in Apartment-style), a desk, a desk-chair, a small nightstand with 3 drawers, a wardrobe or closet/set of drawers, a waste basket and a recycling bin. The windows have built-in adjustable coverings (either blinds, roll-up shades, or curtains).  

In suite-style 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. As of 2021, the University of Delaware no longer supports cable television. 

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


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.