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2020-2021 Upper Division Housing Application


Current students (first-year, sophomores, juniors, seniors), Associate in Arts students transitioning to Newark, and World Scholars who want to live on campus for 2020-2021 can apply for guaranteed housing* starting on October 1 and ending at 5 p.m. on November 11, 2019.

New, incoming Spring 2020 first-year and transfer admits (including students from the Delaware in DC program) who want to live on campus for 2020-2021 can apply for guaranteed housing* starting on February 3 and ending at 5 p.m on February 28, 2020.

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

A student must apply within the My Housing Portal during the designated timeframe above to be guaranteed on campus housing. If a late application becomes available in the spring, it will feature limited preference options, and housing is not guaranteed.


Priority for room selection & assignment process for the 2020-2021 Academic Year is NOT first-come, first-served, but is determined by a student's class year and cumulative credits completed. This information is retrieved from UDSIS.

Starting in mid-March, eligible students who applied by their guaranteed deadline will either self-select their housing assignment online through the My Housing portal, or be assigned later in the spring/summer by Residence Life & Housing staff. This is determined by a student's priority designation. If part of a roommate group, priority is averaged and everyone in the group will receive the same priority.

Most students will have the opportunity to self-select their space before the end of the Spring semester, however, manual assignments by our staff may continue through the summer. Detailed information about how the process works will be sent out via email in early March.


The housing application is considered valid when a student signs the Student Housing Contract and agrees to the fees associated with the cancellation. Students under the age of 18 will need a parent/guardian to sign the contract for them. Before signing the contract, it is important to know when your contract will become legally and financially binding.

Students applying during their guaranteed open enrollment period listed above will become bound to the housing contract as of April 7, 2020.

You can cancel your housing contract until 11:59 p.m. the night prior to your contract binding date. This means that if your binding date is April 7, you have until 11:59 p.m. on April 6 to cancel.

While there is no upfront prepayment required at the time of application, all cancelled applications will incur a $200 cancellation fee billed to the student financial account.


Students who complete the application during their guaranteed timeframe will have the option to create a roommate group with other students who also applied during that time. This will allow the group of 2-4 students the opportunity to self-select a room or be assigned to a room together. However, forming a roommate group does not guarantee assignment together, which will depend on space availability.

Roommate groups can be formed or edited using the Roommate Manager process within the My Housing Portal from the start of the application period through February 28, 2020.

Students can also opt to go through the process as an individual. This does not guarantee assignment to a single occupancy room and can result in receiving any eligible student as a roommate.


During the month of February, students who completed an application during their guaranteed timeframe can choose to complete a supplemental application for an upper division Living Learning Community or Other Housing Option. Community options and locations for the year will be announced at that time. If approved for the community, you will only be able to select from or be placed into available spaces within that community in its designated location at the time of assignment.

Applications must be submitted through the Housing Communities process within the My Housing Portal from February 3 through February 28, 2020. Students applying in a roommate group each need to complete a supplemental application for the group to considered for a Living Learning Experience.


If you have a dietary, medical or physical need that requires a housing accommodation, you must submit documentation to Disability Support Services no later than February 28, 2020. Documentation consists of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that explains the current impact of your condition on your housing request. Students who already have accommodations on file must submit updated paperwork each year by the posted deadline. Questions about this process should be directed to the DSS office.

Documentation received late may result in an assignment that does not match your needs.

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

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