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Your "To Do" List

We are very excited to welcome you to campus! Whether you're an incoming first year, transfer student, or returning student, we are excited to have you on campus with us for the Academic Year! Below you will find information pertaining to common questions we receive over the summer and during the first few weeks of Fall quarter.

changing your room placement

Room assignments will be emailed to incoming first years on July 27, 2020. This email is sent to students' email address, as are all university-related communications.

In the event that a student is not satisfied with their room assignment or roommate when they receive their placement, they will have the opportunity to participate in Housing & Residential Educations Room Change Day. Room Change Day is a "no questions asked" process that allows residents to select a new space from what is available at that time. Room Change Day is scheduled for the third week of classes in both fall and winter quarter. Any other room change requests must be reviewed and approved by the building's Resident Director.

Please note that Room Change Day is an administrative process, and students are not allowed to switch rooms before this event. Unfortunately, we do not have enough open spaces for all students to move into and official contracts must be changed for students to be charged the correct rates. More detailed information will be provided by Resident Assistants closer to Room Change Day.

getting your pioneer id card

The Pioneer ID card allows students to access their residence hall, Anderson Academic Commons, the Ritchie Center, the Law Library, parking lots, and several academic buildings on campus. It also functions as a transaction card for meal plans and the flex account. The card allows students to purchase discounted tickets to DU entertainment and sporting events, such as hockey games and theater productions, and can also be linked to your U.S. Bank checking account and function as an ATM/debit card.

Submit your ID photo online through the DU ID Card Website by August 3rd, 2020! Visit the ID Card website to send in your photo, avoid lines, and save time. You can also visit their website for additional information about your ID Card, how to contact the office, etc.

planning your year - important housing dates

There are many important dates students should be aware of as the year progresses. Below is a list of dates about which HRE receives the most questions. For important dates related to the academic calendar, please visit the Office of the Registrar's website Please note that the check-in process for the 2020-2021 academic year will look different due to COVID-19 precautions. Dates have been updated here and any process changes or updates will be emailed out to students in advance.

New Student Move-In: September 7 - September 9, 2020

Returning Student Move-In: September 10 - September 12, 2020

  • What an exciting time! Our team has been working hard for weeks in preparation for move-in and are eager to meet their residents! Move-in is also a chaotic time for everyone, so we have a staggered check-in system:
    • Odd-numbered rooms: Check in starts at 8 am.
    • Even-numbered rooms: Check in starts at 10 am.
  • If you arrive prior to your designated check-in time on this date, you will be asked to wait. To ensure a smooth check-in process, we ask that students bring one form of photo identification and only one other person with them in the check in line.
  • Check-in is available at the front desk of your assigned building. Please visit our buildings page for physical addresses, mailing addresses, and more information about your building. Campus maps are also available and will be available at each front desk on move-in day.
  • Due to limited resources at our front desks, we will be unable to accept any mail or packages prior to Monday, September 7, so please plan accordingly. There will be a limited number of dollies at the front desk available to use during move-in as well. A list of what to bring can be found here.

First Day of Classes: September 14, 2020

Fall Room Change Day: October 2, 2020

Winter Break Dates: November 25, 2020 - January 2, 2021

  • Johnson-McFarlane (JMAC) and Centennial Halls will close for winter break on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Residents must be moved out prior to 9 am on November 25 but can keep their belongings in their room over break. Please note that students will not be able to access their spaces while the buildings are closed, so please plan accordingly. The buildings will reopen on January 2, 2021.
  • Centennial Towers, Nagel, Nelson and the Apartments will remain open over winter break. Students in these communities can remain in their rooms for the duration of winter break. Unfortunately, HRE cannot provide any temporary housing over winter break for Johnson-McFarlane (JMAC) and Halls residents. These students are encouraged to also participate in our Fall Room Change Day to get a space in Centennial Towers, if they need housing over winter break.
  • Students who are not returning for winter quarter classes at DU or have been released from the housing contract and will not be living on campus for the winter quarter MUST be moved out/checked out before Wednesday, November 25 at 9 am. Students will need to schedule a time with their RA to coordinate their check out. Please contact Housing & Residential Education to learn more about the process.

End of Year Move-Out: Friday, June 11 at 9 am

  • All buildings are scheduled to close promptly at 9 am on this date. All residents MUST be properly checked out before this time. Additional information and reminders will be sent out weekly to residents in the second half of spring quarter.

two-year live-on requirement & Contract release information

The two-year live-on requirement is a commitment between the undergraduate students and the University of Denver to enhance the students' experience and success.

The University of Denver requires all 1st and 2nd year (post-high school) undergraduate students to live in university housing and subscribe to a meal plan.
If you are considering living off campus and meet the requirements to do so, please read through the contract release process and contact us as soon as possible. This information can be found on our website. Live at home and Special release forms are due on Monday, August 31 at 12 am MST.

meal plans

Dining services for the 2020-2021 academic year will begin with brunch on Monday, September 7. Students can make changes to their meal plan each quarter up until the first Thursday of week one (September 17 for fall quarter 2020). Details on the types and costs of meal plans can be found here.

registration questions

First year students are required to register for their First Year Seminar (FSEM) and will do so during the registration period. Please note: any student who is not registered for classes is not permitted to live in on-campus housing. For more information about registration, please visit the New Student Registration website.

 Things To Do To Get Ready To Move In

  • Learning about your room assignment and roommate information (here)
  • Reviewing the Housing and Residential Education website to find many answers to your questions
  • Contact your new roommate(s) to get to know them
  • Discuss what you will be bringing with your future roommate
  • Give family and friends your on-campus address (here)
  • Upload your photo for your Pioneer ID card so it will be available when you arrive (here