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Breaks & Early/Late Stays


Residence Life & Housing (RLH) staff members participate in extensive staff training prior to fall opening and we encourage our residence hall staff to take time away and go home to their families to recharge during University breaks and between semesters. So, when the University isn't in session, staffing in the residence halls is limited.

Thanksgiving Break 2018

This year, Thanksgiving Break is Nov. 17-25.

Residence halls will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 so students can attend Battle of the Blue, our annual footbal game against Villanova University, a tradition that goes all the way back to 1895!

Residence halls will reopen at noon on Sunday, November 25.

Want to stay on campus during Thanksgiving Break? Students can stay in their room for an additional fee and need to complete the break housing application within the My Housing portal which opens in early November.

Early Arrival Fall 2018

Early Check-In Dates & Times
Group Date Time
First-Year, Transfer and international Students
Thursday, August 23 5 – 9 p.m.
Returning Students Thursday, August 23 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 25 8 a.m – 2 p.m.


All students who want to move into their residence hall before their standard move-in date must complete an Early Arrival Fall 2018 application via the My Housing Portal between July 6 and August 20.

The fee for early check-in is $50 per night. Check-in is NOT available on Friday, August 24. Your meal plan will become effective on August 25.


Early Arrival sign up is closed. Please email us if you have any questions!

International Students: Looking to Arrive Before August 23?

International students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year can request temporary on-campus housing between August 12 and 22 from Conference Services.

Students will be housed in Laird Campus residence halls at a rate of $50 per night.

An optional linen package that includes a pillow, blanket, bed linens and towels can be rented from the Christiana Commons front desk for an additional $25.

Interested students should contact Cathy Matthews in Conference Services or call the Christiana Commons front desk at 302-831-1245.

Are you Attending International Student Orientation (ISO)?
Then, you're eligible to move directly into your fall housing assignment in the residence halls on Wednesday, August 22, 5 – 9 p.m.

Students attending ISO will be charged a discounted fee of $25 per night for early check-in, and this list of students will be verified with the NSO office.


Checking Out of Temporary Housing

All students living in temporary on-campus housing and those staying for activities (marching band, etc.) must check out no later than 10 a.m. on August 22. You may check in to your fall assignment between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Students are responsible for securing their belongings during the time between check out and check in.


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