Housing & Living on Campus
Student Housing Dedensification
On-campus occupancy has been decreased to 77%
First-Year Student Housing
First-year students can live on campus in singles or suite-style doubles.
Rising second-years can opt to live in either on-campus residence halls or nearby apartment communities that contract with DU and aim to provide an on-campus experience.
Students Who Planned to Study Abroad
DU will honor the residence hall grant for the term you were scheduled to study abroad.
Fraternity & Sorority Life
Contact your chapter president or house corporation for housing releases required as a condition of your membership.
Space is still available.Apply for Housing
Frequently Asked Questions
How will the University accommodate incoming first-year students?
We guarantee that all first-year students will be able to live on campus so they can establish a sense of community and have the residential college experience they desire and expect. They will be offered a choice between singles and double suite-style rooms, and we will do our best to accommodate as many first choices as possible.
What about transfer students?
The University is committed to helping students secure housing. The Transfer Living Community will accommodate transfer students with doubles in suite-style rooms. Space is still available. You can also visit the off-campus housing resource website at https://www.du.edu/housing/resources/offcampus.html.
I’m a rising second-year student who expected to live on campus, and in the past was required to do so. What will happen to my housing?
To meet the health and housing needs of our University of Denver students, for the 2020-2021 school year, rising second-year students can waive the live-on-campus requirement. Second-years who applied for university-provided housing will live in either on-campus residence halls or in nearby apartment communities. To mirror on-campus offerings, apartment communities will include the presence of resident assistants (RA's), standard amenities, student workshops, programs, and connection check-ins. Space is still available. Eligible students will still receive the residence hall grant if they move off campus.
If you're looking for more information on how to find off-campus housing, visit https://www.du.edu/housing/resources/offcampus.html.
I’m an incoming first year student. What if I live in Denver or in the region? Can I choose to live at home?
The University has expanded the live-at-home radius from 25 to 45 miles from campus for first-year students who may prefer to live at home for a variety of reasons. Please work with the Office of Admission to request a release form or find one online at https://admission.du.edu/register/liveathome. If you live farther than 45 miles from campus and have medical, financial or other special circumstances, please work with the Office of Admission for more information.
What if I sign a lease off campus but then classes cannot meet face-to-face?
Fall quarter will likely consist of face-to-face classes, hybrid classes, and on-line instruction. We are making plans now to de-densify our classrooms and have health and safety protocols in place. Everything will depend upon guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Environment and Health, and what is recommended or required for higher education institutions—and of course, what we think is safe for the DU community. If you sign a lease with an external company, please consider discussing a COVID provision with them. Any contract you sign with an external company is an obligation between you and that company. The University will not intervene.
Will all rooms be single, or can I live with a roommate?
We will be offering a mix of housing accommodations with singles and suite-style double rooms that best align with physical distancing and bathroom usage measures based on our room type set up in each residence hall.
As a rising second-year student, what should I do if I want to be released from my housing contract for the 2020–2021 academic year?
Please send an email to email@example.com by June 18, or we will assume you want to be considered for a housing placement next year.
What if I am (or expect to be) part of a Living Learning Community?
Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) will be proceeding with some adaptations. Housing will be provided for all. The University will provide more information for students in the LLCs soon.
Since I can’t study abroad, can I live on campus? Or will you help me find off-campus housing options?
HRE and the Office of International Education are working together to help support students in understanding their resources and finding housing options. We are committed to making sure everyone has a place to live this fall. The University is committed to helping students secure housing. Space is still available. You can also visit the off campus housing resource website at https://www.du.edu/housing/resources/offcampus.html.
Since I couldn’t study abroad, will I still receive the residence hall grant?
Yes. We will honor that commitment for the term you were scheduled to study abroad even if there isn’t space on campus. If you had already signed up for campus housing for winter and spring and there isn’t space on campus, you will also receive the residence hall grant for those terms.
What provisions are in place for helping graduate students find off-campus housing?
The University has rooms left in some of our leased properties in which third-year undergraduates, fourth-year undergraduates and graduate students will be housed. Contact HRE for more details.
I was expecting to live in fraternity or sorority housing. Can I be released from my contract?
You will need to contact your chapter president or house corporation for any housing releases that are required as a condition of your membership.
What has the University done to de-densify on campus housing?
The University has developed a plan to move to 77% occupancy in on-campus housing. The plan includes single rooms in buildings where students share a hallway bathroom and some double-room options in buildings with in-suite bathrooms. Cleaning schedules in hallway bathrooms will be increased.
If I’m separated from a roommate because we’re in singles, can we at least live on the same floor?
We will do our very best to keep roommates on the same floor or at least in the same building.
- How can third- and fourth-year students apply for housing?
I love the experience of living in a DU residential community. Will I still have a similar experience if I live off-campus?
We are creating an off-campus residential experience that mirrors what we offer on campus, including the presence of resident assistants (RAs). We are developing these residential communities in nearby apartment complexes that have full laundry services, work-out facilities and study rooms. Students will have an opportunity to engage in workshops, programs, and residential connection check-ins. We are creating a DU “home” off campus for our students.
Will I still receive my housing grant if I move off campus?
Eligible students will still receive the residence hall grant if they move off campus.
What happens if someone in my dorm is diagnosed with COVID-19?
Per the recommendation of the CDC and public health officials, those who test positive will be asked to self-isolate and quarantine. We will work closely with public health officials and will follow their guidance to mitigate the spread of this virus.
What happens if I get sick while living in a residence hall?
In order to prevent more cases of the COVID-19 virus, the current recommendation from the CDC is to self-isolate and quarantine in your current location. It is not recommended that you travel or move to another location.
How does the University plan to conduct orientation for new students?
Throughout the summer we will engage new students and their families in a virtual orientation program including Canvas modules, webinars and remote events. We are currently developing a plan for a staggered move-in process and a fall cohort Discoveries Orientation that will include a blend of small in-person experiences, as well as virtual programming.
What if my student cannot travel home, will the University offer on-campus living again as it did in spring?
Why haven’t DU’s food costs gone down?
The cost of food and service has risen as a result of COVID-19, especially because of the elimination of buffet style.
If students are living on campus in apartment-style residence halls, can they cook their own meals instead of paying for the meal plan and eating in the dining halls?
Is it likely dorms will close in the fall as they did in the spring?
The university has a phased campus access and support plan that was recently updated to respond to changing circumstances. This past spring, because we did not have testing, contact tracing, detailed protocols, or a comprehensive action plan, our response was limited to ensuring that our students safely left campus as quickly as possible. We have learned a great deal since March, and we now have more options, which allow us to maintain some in-person campus functionality, preserving the best student experience without sacrificing the health and safety of our community.
We are currently expecting 61 percent of our normally in-person classes to be at least partially in person. Should we need to increase the percentage of classes that are remote due to public health conditions, it may still be feasible for students to live on campus. We need to carefully assess all relevant city, state, and national orders and trends to determine the best course of action for DU. If conditions are safe and favorable, we would continue to support on-campus living with an increased percentage of coursework online.