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When you live in the residence halls, you become part of a community rich in history and tradition. Whether you are living in a single, a double, a triple or a triple suite, you will have one important thing in common with everyone in our residential community: excellence.

Students who live on campus have higher GPAs, feel more supported, and are more connected to the University.  Resident students learn essential skills that will serve them in their careers and more broadly in life.


On-campus residents always have something to do and someone to meet. Whether you're hanging out in the common rooms or participating in activies and events, you'll connect with other students in the residence halls on a daily basis.





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. Requests consisting of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that relates the current impact of your condition to your housing request should be submitted to Disability Support Services by June 7 for Academic Year 2017-2018 housing.

Documentation received late may result in an assignment that does not match your needs. For complete details on housing requests involving needs, please refer to the Housing Accommodations webpage, or contact Residence Life & Housing at (302) 831-HOME (4663).


Relax. We've got it covered.

The residence halls offer students a variety of amenities, including WiFi and cable tv, at no additional cost. UD provides convenient services so you can focus on what matters most to you.

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Application, Selection & Assignment


The Housing Application opens for incoming Fall 2017 freshmen on March 1, 2017.

48 hours after students pay their $500 University of Delaware deposit through the My Blue Hen Home portal, they are granted access to the My Housing portal to complete the housing application.

Assignments are not first-come, first-served. All applications received by May 31 are given the same priority. Applications received after May 31 are still guaranteed housing, but preferences will not be accepted.

Single freshmen under 21 are required to live in University housing, or at home with a parent or legal guardian if the residence is within a 30-mile commuting distance.

The majority of First-Year students are assigned housing based on preferences provided in the application and a randomly-assigned lottery number.

Some students will be assigned to specfic areas of campus based on their Living Learning Community (LLC - see below).

First-Year students live in doubles and triples, in suites and traditional style housing. Read more about our room types.

Important Application Dates

March 1 First Year Housing Application Opens & Priority Period Begins

• Sign the Student Housing Contract, review demographics and request housing accommodations if needed.

• Select/Apply to Living Learning Communities, indicate your room type preferences, answer lifestyle questions and request roommates.

• First-Year students do not request specific buildings, but may share a preference for a room type (traditional on East Campus or suite-style on Laird Campus)

June 1 Priority Period Ends

• Student Housing Contract, demographics and lifestyle questionnaire pages remain open

• Room type preferences and roommate requests will be closed while we process housing assignments.

• We may place late applicants on a guaranteed wait list to be assigned as soon as possible in August

Mid-June (before NSO) Roommates & Complex Assignment Information Release

We will send you an email from with roommates' names and contact information and your First-Year complex/building (not specific room).

The email associated with your Housing Application can be found on the Demographics page of the housing application. This is the email where you will receive all communications regarding UD Housing from Residence Life & Housing.

It is important that you either add as a contact and/or check your junk mail periodically to ensure that you do not miss our important messages!

August 1 All 2017-2018 Housing Assignments Released

We will send you an email with the details of your assignment and your roommates' information.





First-year students have a range of opportunities to benefit from Living Learning Communities (LLCs). 2016-2017 LLCs are listed below:


All First-Year Honors students will live together in the First-Year Honors LLC.

Biological sciences majors (non-Honors) and any student with a major in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment (non-Honors) will live in the Biology LLC and Discover Our World (CEOE) LLC respectively, both of which will be housed along with a mix of first year students from a variety of other majors.
Read more

Visual arts majors (ART-BAAS) will live together. Read more


Air Force ROTC cadets are encouraged to apply to the AFROTC LLC, which will be housed on East Campus. Read more

Community Engagement Scholars are welcome to apply to the Community Engagement Scholars LLC (CELLC). Read more

Students with range of abilities and/or disabilities will develop an understanding of how to foster more effective interdependence and individual growth in a shared community in the DiverseABILITY LLC. Open to all majors.
Read more

Students with a strong interest in LGBTQIA+ and social justice in any major may apply to the LGBTQ+ and Racial Justice Activism Living Learning Community, which responds to the growing socio-political awareness and activism of today’s college students.
Read more

Art History, Anthropology, History or Art Conservation majors may apply to live in the Material Culture LLC, which will focus on the intersection of these unique passions.
Read more

Students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions may apply to the Pre Health Professional Living Learning Community (PHP LLC).
Read more

Students in the Delaware Innovation Fellows (DIF) program or Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation (ENTI) majors can apply to the World Changers LLC, where they will live, learn and interact with like-minded students from a wide variety of majors who are passionate, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial.
Read more

First-generation students who are interested in engaged learning (undergraduate research, service learning and internships) are invited to apply to the U-FIRST Living Learning Community. Read more


No matter what room type a student is assigned to, each student is encouraged to contribute to the floor and to the hall community, to meet new people and to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them.


Students may rank their preference for a room type: traditional or suite-style. Suite-style rooms are located on Laird Campus. Traditional rooms are located on East Campus.

Visit our Building Information page for more details on specific buildings.

Because students in Living Learning Communities are assigned to specific buildings, they will skip the Room Type Ranking page.

Housing is guaranteed for all first-year students who make the smart decision to attend the University of Delaware.

Some students live in triples and some live in doubles. There are a limited number of singles for students with special housing accommodations.

If three students want to live together, each student should list the other two as roommates on the Roommate page.






You are not required to select a roommate. About half of first year students at UD opted for randomly assigned roommates last year.

Students who know someone they would like to live with may request one or two roommates. Students can also search for roommates within the My Housing portal and will see potential matches based on responses to the lifestyle questionnaire.

Honors Program students may only request other Honors Program students for roommates.

We cannot guarantee that roommate requests will be honored.


Freshman applications will be accepted and guaranteed throughout the summer, but applicants will not be able to select roommates or room type preferences after the Preference Application deadline (May 31).


The Student Housing Contract will become legally binding 3 business days after submission of the application. This contract covers the entire 2017-2018 academic year (the “Contract Period”). 

Single freshmen under 21 are required to live in University housing, or at home with a parent or legal guardian if the residence is within a 30-mile commuting distance. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be submitted in writing to Residence Life & Housing.




Freshman housing assignments and roommate contact information will be released over the summer. (See calendar above)

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