Housing & Living on Campus

The University is a residential campus, encouraging first-time, first- and second-year students to reside on campus. This year, to support on- and off-campus living, we are requiring testing and contact tracing to quickly identify and isolate anyone with COVID-19. We also designated an entire building as a space for isolation and quarantine of individuals who are exposed to or become ill with COVID-19.

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    We have a dedicated team that supports isolation and quarantine with resources including food delivery.

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    Roommate Selection

    For the 2021-22 academic year, the University has modified the housing assignment and roommate selection process to require that only students with similar vaccination status (e.g., fully vaccinated, exempted) can share a bedroom.


Please note that the check-in process for academic year 2021-22 will look different due to COVID-19 precautions. Dates have been updated, and any process changes or updates will be emailed to students in advance. Residence hall staff and students will be available to help you with anything you need on move-in day.

Returning Students

Move-in for our returning students will run Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, through Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.

Due to limited resources at our front desks, we cannot accept any mail or packages prior to Tuesday, Sept. 7, so please plan accordingly. A limited number of dollies will be available at the front desk to use during move-in as well.

All our residential living communities will have Resident Assistants (RAs), programming, opportunities for connection, and support. In addition, the University continues to have 24-hour residential crisis management through HRE and the Division of Campus Safety and support available for our on- and off-campus residential communities. Urgent mental health and health-care services are available through our Health and Counseling Center at 303-871-2205.

Students with disabilities who require additional time during move-in should submit requests for accommodations through the Disability Services Program (DSP). For more information, please visit the DSP website, call 303-871-3241, or email dsp@du.edu.

New Students

Move in for all new incoming students will take place on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Students will be designated a move-in time when they receive their housing assignments in late July. Students begin Discoveries Orientation on Tuesday, the day after move-in. For Fall 2021 move-in, we will use a staggered check-in schedule. First-year and transfer students will be able

to select a 30-minute arrival appointment. If you arrive before your check-in time, you'll be asked to wait, so please plan accordingly. For more information, read our housing to-do list.

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Dining Services

Keeping health and safety at the forefront, the Sodexo team developed protocols consistent with public health guidance regarding dining services options. Food service staff are required to wear masks during food preparation and service indoors, and all food service staff follow high-contact testing requirements and all University protocols.

Housing Following Illness or COVID-19 Exposure

The public health guidance to contain the spread of COVID-19 is to identify individual(s) who may have been exposed to those who have COVID-19. The University will assist state and local public health officials working with DU community members who test positive for COVID-19 to identify people they may have exposed to the virus. The University (and public health officials) will not share the names of DU community members who test positive for COVID-19. Those who are informed that they have been exposed to the virus must quarantine for 14 days, however, unless they qualify for reduced quarantine.

We will fill spaces closest to campus and fill out as the need for quarantine space rises. Students must comply with University officials’ directives regarding isolation and quarantine. (For more information about contact tracing, please visit the CDC website).

The University will use the entire Hilltop Apartments on campus, and other space as needed, to address isolation and quarantine for students. In addition, the University is researching available third-party disinfection services for students who live in University contracted off-campus properties to contract with in the event of exposure to COVID-19 in those facilities.

Students who do not have a valid HRE housing contract and are living off-campus are responsible for finding and paying for any isolation or quarantine space needed. To assist with this effort, the University has identified and negotiated reduced rates with certain off-campus lodging options. Residential Fraternity & Sorority Living (FSL) students, even those who live in FSL properties not owned or operated by the University, must isolate and quarantine at a location designated by the University and not within the house.

Learn More About Isolation & Quarantine

  • Questions About Isolation/Quarantine?

    The overall point of contact for Isolation/Quarantine is the COVID-19 Information Hub, reached via email at COVIDcoordinator@du.edu or by call or text to 303-656-7137.

    Housing Protocol team:

    • Call/Text: 303-453-9312
    • Email: housing.hpc@du.edu

    Please direct inquiries on these topics to these better, faster resources:

    • Report a case or request urgent assistance:
      • 303-871-COVD
      • reportCOVID@du.edu
    • Medical/health concerns: DU Health & Counseling Center
      • 303-871-2205 (has after hours, urgent option)
    • Isolation/Quarantine process and release info
      • 303-656-7137
      • covidcoordinator@du.edu
    • Meal orders for students ordered to Isolation/Quarantine:
      • https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cByPwLC1m0uRhad (must be placed by 2 p.m. for following day)
      • Needed Items Request: www.tinyurl.com/qirequest (NOTE: Students/families were instructed this summer to prepare a go-bag; students being moved are sent a packing list; and we provide a goody bag with basic essentials for the temp space)
    • General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the deadline for students to submit their vaccination records?

    September 1, 2021.

  • Can I still live on campus if I received a vaccine not approved by the FDA?

    Yes. You will still be able to live on campus if you have received a vaccine that is not authorized for use in the United States. However, you will not be considered “fully vaccinated,” so you will be expected to comply with required testing and mitigation procedures, such as wearing a facial covering, until you are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine. More information will be shared soon.

  • I’m not vaccinated yet. Can I still apply for housing?

    To move into residence halls, students need to provide proof of vaccination OR receive an approved vaccination exemption. If you have not yet been vaccinated, please contact Housing & Residential Education at housing@du.edu.

  • Can vaccinated and unvaccinated students be roommates?

    Vaccinated students with verified vaccine records before August 6 will only share bedrooms with other vaccinated students. Exempted and partially vaccinated student may also share bedrooms with each other. Suitemates may be of mixed vaccination status.

  • What are COVID-19 mitigation requirements inside DU housing?

    Following CDC and public health guidance, confirmed vaccinated students do not need to wear face coverings or practice social distancing in residence halls (including in individual rooms and common spaces) but will continue to take routine COVID-19 tests.

    Students with vaccine exemptions or who are vaccinated with a vaccine not yet approved by the FDA are required to wear a face covering, social distance and complete frequent testing for COVID-19. Any student who desires to wear a facial covering, vaccinated or not, is encouraged to do so.

  • Are residential students required to take COVID-19 tests?

    Yes. Vaccinated and unvaccinated residents are required to take regular tests for COVID-19. However, confirmed vaccinated students will be on a reduced testing schedule. Your testing schedule will be available on PioneerWeb after you’ve been “cleared” for campus access.

  • Can I have guests or visitors to my residential hall or room?

    Yes. Campus guests are expected to adhere to the visitor protocol, which requires the visitor to complete the visitor survey within two hours of accessing campus buildings. If you and your guest have been vaccinated, facial coverings and social distancing are not required. If you and/or your visitor are not vaccinated, facial coverings and social distancing are required.

  • Are residential community spaces open?

    Yes. Indoor community spaces and outdoor recreation amenities are open. In-person and hybrid programming opportunities are also available to residents.