A: Freshman room assignments are not determined on a first-come, first-served basis, and are made without regard to race, creed, color, or sexual orientation. Freshman applications received for fall after June 1 will be accepted and guaranteed throughout the summer, but applicants will not be able to select roommates or room type preferences.
Some students are assigned to housing based on their Living Learning Community. Most students are assigned based on a randomly assigned lottery number.
A: Some students mutually request each other as roommates on the housing application. In all other situations, we use a roommate matching system and lifestyle questionnaire in order to determine the most compatible roommate. It is important that students respond honestly to the questionnaire, as it will have the greatest impact on their housing assignment.
A: At the University of Delaware, there are various housing options to accommodate dietary, medical, and physical needs for students. We understand that there are circumstances where particular requests and accommodations need to be considered.
To accurately and equitably evaluate requests for housing based upon medical, psychological or disability needs, you will submit documentation of your need, consisting of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that relates the current impact of your condition to your housing request.
A: Residence Life & Housing staff members are committed to working to meet the housing needs of all students in a nuturing community that values diversity and promotes the dignity of all people. If you have housing needs based on gender identity/expression, please contact Residence Life & Housing at (302) 831-HOME (4663) when you apply for on-campus housing. It is easier for us to accommodate your request if you contact our office prior to June 1 for incoming freshman and transfer students. There will be more spaces available in a wider variety of locations prior to those dates.
A: For a sample packing list, please see our online Fall Move-In Guide. Students are encouraged to contact their roommate before arriving on campus in order to get acquainted and discuss who will bring the TV, refrigerator, etc. Students should also review the list of items that are not permitted in the residence halls.
A: A Resident Assistant (RA) is a Residence Life & Housing staff member. Normally, there is one RA assigned to live on each floor. They are generally upper-division undergraduate students. RAs provide advice, assist students with personal matters, refer students to other offices when appropriate, help mediate conflicts among residents, advise Complex Community Councils and assist with the planning of educational and social programs. RAs also enforce policies designed to protect the rights of all individuals in order to maintain an environment conducive to academic pursuits.
A: When you receive your room assignment, you will also receive contact information for your roommates. You are encouraged to contact your roommates before you arrive on campus. If you are assigned to a single room and would like the contact information of your next door neighbors, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 831-HOME (4663). Please note that some students may not be available over the summer, including international students and students involved in summer activities.
A: Many roommate conflicts can be avoided by determining basic living guidelines at the beginning of the year. For example, roommates can discuss how long they prefer guests to stay, or how often to take out the trash. It is important that all students respond honestly to the lifestyle questions on the Housing Application, however answering these questions properly will not necessarily prevent conflicts from occuring. If problems arise, students are encouraged to resolved issues on their own before contacting Residence Life & Housing. Read more...
A: The University of Delaware is committed to partnering with students to provide a safe and secure environment in all residence halls. Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with security and fire safety procedures as well as provided equipment.
All residence halls are accessed by students with their University ONEcard, which is coded specifically for their building. 24-hour locked exterior door system, 24-hour video surveillance cameras, alarm systems, smoke detectors and sprinklers are in place across campus residences. Additionally, the University provides door viewers in all residence hall doors and the Christiana Towers apartment entrance doors. Security screens are provided on operable lower floor windows and there are over 200 outdoor emergency telephones connected to the University Police. Student police aids provide nightly foot patrols and walking escorts for all students.
A: Students are permitted to bring fans, TVs, computers, a microwave. Students are only permitted to have one small microwave and refrigerator per room, so please discuss what you are bringing with your roommate (you will receive your roommate's contact information with your housing assignment). All students should review the Move-In Guide, which includes a specific list of what items to bring and what items to leave at home.
A: Yes, students may bring both. Students may bring a 700 watt refrigerator unit or a combination microwave/refrigerator (students may only have one refrigerator per room). Over the summer, all students who will be living on campus will receive order forms from On-Campus Marketing, a supplier of refrigerator and microwave units. Purchasing from On-Campus Marketing helps sponsor programs in the residence halls.
A: Yes. In order to connect your DVR to the Internet, you may need a network address translation (NAT) router (available from your local electronics supplier). You will also need to change the zip code location in order to access the channel lineup for the campus cable network.
A: Residence hall mattresses are 80" long and require extra-long fitted sheets. Students are encouraged to call local bedding or department stores for availability of extra-long sheets. You may also buy sheets from the Resident Student Association (RSA). Visit the Residence Hall Essentials site for details.
A: Guests are permitted to visit under strict guidelines. Guests may stay overnight in your room for no longer than three consecutive days. Hosts are responsible for the conduct of their guests and for familiarizing their guests with pertinent University rules and regulations.
A: Some go home, but students are encouraged to take advantage of all of the activities the University has to offer. For example, students can attend a football game, catch a movie at the Trabant University Center, attend a concert or one of the many social gatherings sponsored by Residence Life & Housing. To view upcoming events, or to learn more, visit the StudentEvents calendar on StUDent Central.
A: If you are a Christiana Towers resident, there is no additional fee for vacation housing. If you are assigned to any other residence hall, you may request to remain in your room during academic year break periods for a nominal fee (you must be registered for class or participate in a University activity).
A: The University of Delaware is a Tobacco-Free campus. Read the full policy here. The use of all tobacco products, tobacco related products, and smoking, including E-cigarettes, is prohibited on University property including residence hall rooms, apartments, University grounds and public areas.