Residential Communities & Dining

Room Assignments and Off Campus Residential Community


Housing and Residential Education (HRE) informed all returning students of their room assignments on July 17, 2020, and incoming first year and transfer students of their room assignments on July 27, 2020. Chapter leadership notified students selected to live in University-owned or -operated FSL chapter facilities of their room assignments and move-in information.

Students who are interested in finding housing can still secure a space in the Auraria Student Lofts and should fill out the 2020-21 Academic Year Housing Application. There are also limited spaces available in UHouse and Vista. Information about these residential spaces can be found at off-campus residential living.

Move-in Info

Fall move-in followed a staggered move-in process for on-campus housing with a no-contact check-in process.

For our new students: Incoming first year and transfer students moved in between September 7 through 9, 2020. HRE included students’ assigned move-in date and time in the housing placement notification sent on July 27, 2020.  

For our returning students: Returning undergraduate students and graduate students moved-in between September 10 and 12, 2020. HRE included students’ assigned move-in date and time in the email sent on July 27, 2020. Law School students could begin moving into the Auraria Student Lofts on August 12, 2020.

Students selected to live in University-owned and/or operated FSL chapter facilities also had staggered move-in times between September 9 and 13, 2020, Chapter leadership will scheduled those times in coordination with FSL staff and will inform the students accordingly.

Winter Term

Move-in will occur in a similar staggered manner to the fall 2020 term, starting on January 7 through 10, 2020. Students were able to sign up for a move-in time and date of their preference.  

All our on-campus and off-campus 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-campus and off-campus residential living communities. Urgent mental health and healthcare services are available through our Health and Counseling Center at  303-871-2205. 

For more information about our off-campus residential living communities, please visit this page

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

Packing and Planning

We are also asking that all students who live on campus pack only the essentials needed, such as clothing, bedding, a computer and medications. For COVID-19 specific packing and planning, students are advised to bring face coverings, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes and a personal digital thermometer. We strongly encourage students to pack light to be prepared in case we experience an escalation of COVID-19 cases that leads to closure of University-owned or operated housing. Because students will be responsible for packing and moving out their own belongings, in the event of such a closure, it is critical that students pack light. The University is not able to store any items; therefore, students are responsible for the expense of moving out their belongings and storing them at a location off-campus if the student does not take all of their belongings when they leave campus.

Expectations for Residential Living

To protect the health and safety of the individual, peers, and the University community, students must follow all COVID-19 requirements set forth in the Guide to Residence Living and any other University policy or procedures. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a referral to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities. With health and safety as our core concerns, we all need to Protect DU to stay on campus together. This is a community effort with each one of us and all of us responsible for following the health and safety protocols.

Dining Services

Keeping health and safety at the forefront, the Sodexo team developed protocols consistent with public health guidance regarding dining services options including a cashless and flex card only service, social distancing and face coverings—unless eating or drinking, and different options for food services following local and state public health orders.

Cleaning and Disinfecting in Residential Living

The University has significantly increased its custodial disinfection and cleaning services in all University owned or operated residential communities and across campus. The University has increased staffing to allow for additional disinfection in community restrooms and common areas daily. The frequency of cleaning and disinfection in communal restrooms is up to three times in a 24-hour period. The University will also provide additional cleaning and disinfection of the front/service desks as well as installing plexiglass and implementing distancing guidelines at these locations. The University has purchased additional equipment and technology, including new electrostatic devices to more efficiently disinfect spaces. Additionally, custodial personnel will be disinfecting high touch points daily. Finally, the University is providing disinfection stations with disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers in the communal areas such as lounges, lobbies and community kitchens-these kitchens are located on the first floors of Nagel, Nelson and the Dimond Family Residential Village.

Students are strongly encouraged to use these cleaning stations when using communal activity or study spaces. More information about the University’s protocols for disinfection and cleaning is available here.

University-owned and/or operated FSL chapter facilities that contract for third party services or provide their own services must demonstrate that those services meet the University’s disinfection and cleaning protocols.

Shared Bathroom Space

DU has implemented specific health and safety measures to support limited occupancy, social distancing, and assigned fixtures for students living on-campus and sharing a communal bathroom. As outlined above, the University has increased disinfection and cleaning of these shared spaces to three times every 24 hours.

Residential Community Programming

The Residential Education Team is working with campus partners to provide a combination of in-person and virtual engagement opportunities for students in our on-campus and off-campus residential communities focused through the lens of the 4D student experience: character exploration, career & professional development, intellectual growt and holistic well-being. These programs help our students build community, find connections and learn about the resources available to support them in meeting their goals. RAs will also promote informational and social programs through Raftr to residents throughout the quarter.

Residential students will meet their Resident Assistant (RA) upon moving into their residential community and during their first virtual floor meeting which will take place Wednesday, September 9 for first-year students and Sunday, September 13 for 2nd, 3rd, 4th year, and graduate students. There will also be nightly check-ins for students who have moved in to discuss responsibilities and expectations related to keeping the community safe and healthy during COVID-19.