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Returning Student Application Guide


Current first-year, sophomores, juniors and returning seniors who want to live on campus for 2019-2020 can apply for guaranteed housing* from October 1 to November 12, 2018 at 5 p.m., and again from February 1 – 28, 2019.

*Guaranteed housing: We guarantee that you will have a space on campus, we don't guarantee a specific location or preferred roommate.

Applications received after the February 28 deadline will be accommodated as space permits, and won't have access to create roommate groups, or apply to Living Learning Communities.

Still have questions? Contact our office at or call (302) 831-4663.


Returning students who apply by the guaranteed deadline will self-select their housing assignment online through the My Housing portal.

Based on priority, you'll either select your space on campus for next year in March or later throughout the semester. If you are part of a roommate group, everyone in the group will be in the same room selection group.

Priority for room selection is determined by the date that a student signs the housing contract AND completes the prepayment step within the My Housing Portal application.

So if you know you want to live on campus next year, sign up early! Not sure yet? You can still cancel your application up until your Spring binding date, however, the prepayment is nonrefundable.


When you complete the housing application, you sign the Student Housing Contract.

This contract is, well, a contract. It's legally and financially binding. That means that you (and we) are held responsible for the terms of the contract. You can cancel your housing contract up until 11:59 p.m. the night prior to your binding date. This means that if your binding date is March 29, you have until 11:59 p.m. on March 28 to cancel.

Your binding date is which ever of these options comes first:

  • 3 business days after you select or are assigned to a room;
  • March 29, 2019, if you're guaranteed but haven't already selected or been assigned to a room before that date;
  • 3 business days after being guaranteed a space on campus, if not yet guaranteed by March 29, 2019 or if applying after that date.


As a new student, your housing prepayment was probably part of your admissions deposit. As a returning student, you'll need to pay a $200 prepayment to apply for housing.

IF you have sufficient financial aid, you will see only one option for prepayment: Defer Housing Prepayment.

Otherwise, you will only see the option to Pay Prepayment with credit card or online check.

The prepayment is nonrefundable.


If you have a dietary, medical or physical need that requires a housing accommodation, you must submit documentation to Disability Support Services. Documentation consists of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that explains the current impact of your condition on your housing request.

Returning student requests for 2019-2020 housing accommodations are due to Disability Support Services by February 28, 2019. 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 page, or contact us at (302) 831-4663.


Your housing application is considered "complete" when you sign the Student Housing Contract and complete the housing prepayment step.

Optional (but recommended) steps include:

  • Verifying your personal details;
  • Requesting housing accommodations;
  • Completing a lifestyle questionnaire;
  • Submitting room preferences;
  • Forming a roommate group;
  • And indicating interest in joining a Living Learning Community.

While these steps of the application are optional, we encourage you to complete them. If we need to match you with a roommate or assign you for any reason, we will use your responses to these questions, so please answer honestly!

Students who indicate interest in an LLC in the Fall will receive additional details about the application process in February.

You can apply individually or in a roommate group of 2-4 students who want to live together. Students with complete applications can create and change roommate groups through February 28, 2019.



In February, students can return to the housing application to complete additional steps, such as applying for these additional Housing Communities!

Expected Living Learning Experiences (LLE) include:

Expected Additional Housing Communities include:

During room selection, you can only select from available spaces within that community in its designated location.



Room selection for next year will begin in mid-March. Specific dates and time slots will be released in early March. Students will log into the My Housing portal and select spaces in the following order:

  1. Living Learning Communities (LLCs) & Additional Housing Communities
    If you applied to live in an LLC or an additional Housing Community, you can only pick a space within your community. If you don't select a space or change your mind after the application closes, you'll be given a new time slot at the bottom of the list for Open Room Selection.

  2. Open Room Selection
    You'll be able to select a space when your time slot opens.


A time slot is simply the time when your chance to select housing begins. It's like class registration. You don't have to log in exactly when your slot begins, but the earlier you log in, the more selection you'll have.


Time slots are based on priority. So, of course, the next question is...


Priority is determined by the date that a student signs the housing contract AND completes the prepayment step within the My Housing Portal application. Based on priority, students will be assigned a lottery number which determines their room selection time slot.

In a roommate group? Priority is averaged across a roommate group. That is, the average of all group members' random lottery numbers determines the entire group's time slot. So encourage your friends to apply early too!


If you're in a room selection group later in the Spring semester, we'll contact you via email to let you know when you can log in to select a room. We'll try to tell you a few days before your chance to select so that you don't miss out!

If it turns out that you didn’t get the room you were looking for, we typically offer room change periods prior to the start of the year when you can look for a new assignment.

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