Book the dorms or your hotel room early to guarantee overnight accommodations during Alumni Weekend.
Alumni Weekend attendees who register for paid events are invited to stay overnight in the residence halls with friends. Each primary registrant can register for a maximum of one dorm room only. You can choose between North Campus or East Campus, each within walking distance of The Green.
You'll even have help moving in! Just as the Arrival Survival Team helps new students move into their dorms each fall semester, the team helps attendees get settled into the dorms for Alumni Weekend.
Selecting a Room: We know how much fun it is to be close to your friends during Alumni Weekend. To make this easier, you are able to select the residence hall, room type and even the floor you want to be on. Be sure and let your friends know where to find you so they can select rooms nearby.
(GEORGE READ NORTH & SOUTH • INDEPENDENCE EAST • THOMAS MCKEAN • RAY STREET)
Double Suite—$120/night (Sleeps four: two rooms sharing one bathroom, two beds in each room)
Triple Suite—$150/night (Sleeps six: two rooms sharing one bathroom, three beds in each room)
(REDDING • GILBERT HALLS)
Double Room with two beds—$80/night (Sleeps two: one room with two beds and hallway bathrooms)
Triple Room with three beds—$85/night (Sleeps three: one room with three beds and hallway bathrooms)
Residence hall check-in begins at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon and is open all day on Saturday.
To see the layouts and types of furniture in various residence halls and rooms, click here. (Please note that only a limited number of the residence hall buildings listed are available for Alumni Weekend accommodations.)
Alumni Weekend guests who register for a residence hall room will receive a room key, a building fob for residence hall access and a lanyard.
Keys will only be distributed to the suite purchaser as well as a designated roommate. Roommates who are not initially identified when registering can get a key during check-in only if the purchaser is present to vouch for them.
All keys must be returned at checkout. If a guest loses a key, the lock replacement charge is $150. This will be charged to the primary registrant of the room. Non-refundable charges will apply immediately upon checkout if room keys, access cards or fobs are not returned. Please keep this in mind when deciding how many keys to request and who will receive them. We apologize for the inconvenience; however, rooms are being occupied by students directly following Alumni Weekend, so rooms must be rekeyed immediately, making refunds unavailable.
Changes to your registration: Housing changes to your registration must be made by calling the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 302-831-2341. We will be happy to assist you.
Linen Packages: Linen packages are available for $25. You can order in advance and pick it up when you arrive. Linen packages include a pillow, pillowcase, two sheets, towel, washcloth, bath mat, soap and shampoo. Blankets will be supplied upon request.
Wireless: Both locations offer free wireless access through Eduroam with a UD email address. Guest access instructions will be available at check-in for those without a UD email.
Single Suite: $90/night—Two rooms sharing one bathroom, one bed in each room (two beds total)
Double Suite: $120/night—Two rooms sharing one bathroom, two beds in each room (four beds total)
Triple Suite: $150/night—Two rooms sharing one bathroom, three beds in each room (six beds total)
Amenities: Amenities provided in the suites are cups, toilet paper, a bar of soap and tissues along with a linen package for each bed. If your room still has a third bed it cannot be removed for the weekend.
Receive your room assignment, key and fob for residence hall access.
Friday, starting at 3 p.m.
• For Ray Street, check in at Ray Street C
• For Independence Hall, check in at Independence East Lounge
• For George Reed, check in at George Reed North Main Lounge
• For Thomas McKean, check in at Thomas McKean Lounge
Saturday, 24/7 check-in
For all North Campus, check in and check out is at Christiana Commons
(There will be a staff member on duty 24 hours a day at Christiana Commons.)
Drop off your room key and building fob. Failure to return your key and access card will result in an additional charge of $150 to cover locksmith costs. Linens can be left in the rooms.
Saturday: Anytime at Christiana Commons
Starting at 6 a.m.: Christiana Commons
Starting at 9 a.m.:
All Ray Street—Ray Street C
Independence Hall—Independence East Lounge
George Reed—George Reed North Main Lounge
Thomas McKean—Thomas McKean Lounge
If you need assistance during your stay, Christiana Commons will be staffed 24 hours.
Directions: Laird Campus (which includes George Read, Independence East and Thomas McKean Halls) is located off Route 896 and is home to Clayton Hall, the Christiana Towers and Independence Complex residence halls. Parking for the weekend is free in the open lots at Laird Campus. Do not use the meters to park. You will be ticketed.
Ray Street is located off N. College Avenue and is close to everything: a five-minute walk from Main Street and the Trabant University Center and steps from the Little Bob. Ray Street is on the south side of the Laird walking bridge. Parking for the weekend is free in the open lot behind the Ray Street complex. Do not use the meters to park. You will be ticketed.
Double Room — $80/night (sleeps two: one room with two beds and hallway bathrooms)
Triple Room — $85/night (sleeps three: one room with three beds and hallway bathrooms)
Amenities: Amenities provided include soap and toilet paper located in the hallway bathrooms. NOTE: Tissues and cups are not provided. Please bring your own. If your room still has a third bed it cannot be removed for the weekend.
Receive your room assignment, room key and building fob for residence hall access.
Friday, starting at 3 p.m.
For Gilbert Hall, check in at Gilbert Lounge
For Redding Hall, check in at Redding Lounge
Saturday, 24/7 check-in
For all East Campus, check in and check out is at Gilbert Lounge
Drop off your room key and building fob at the locations listed below. Failure to return your key and access card to the check-out location will result in an additional charge of $150 for maintenance and locksmith costs. Linens can be left in the rooms.
Anytime in Gilbert Lounge
East Campus check outs will be in your building lounges (Gilbert and Redding)
Directions: The East Campus dorms are located on Academy Street. Parking is available in Perkins Student Center parking garage (UD parking rates apply) or in the Pearson Hall surface lot, which is free all weekend.
Courtyard Marriott Newark at UD
Laird Campus, Newark, DE
Delaware Diamonds Society (DDS) members receive a 10 percent discount on their room rate. Just mention that you are a DDS member when booking your room!
Embassy Suites Newark
654 S. College Ave., Newark, DE
302-368-8000 or 800-Embassy and mention “UD Alumni Weekend”
(20-minute walk to Main Campus)
Homewood Suites by Hilton
640 S. College Ave., Newark, DE
302-453-9700 or 800-Embassy and mention “UD Alumni Weekend”
(20-minute walk to Main Campus)
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Newark Downtown
402 Ogletown Road, Newark, DE 19711
(10-minute walk to Main Campus)
Find other lodging within a 15-minute drive of campus.
Philadelphia (45 minutes)
Baltimore-Washington (75 minutes)
Delaware Express: 800-648-5466
AMTRAK: 800-872-7245 (National)
SEPTA: 215-580-7800 (PHL / PA / DE)
MEGABUS: 877-462-6342 (cheap fares from major cities to Laird Campus parking lot)
Greyhound (National): 800-231-2222 or 302-655-6111
UNICITY (Newark only): 302-366-7030
DART (Delaware only): 800-652-3278
Do I need a rental car during Alumni Weekend?
The Comfort Suites, Hilton, Sheraton and Staybridge Suites are a 15-minute drive from campus and not within walking distance to UD. If you decide to stay at one of these hotels, then you would need to rent a car or take a taxi or bus to campus. Be sure and check out the parking section in our Q&A page for best places to park during the weekend.