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Know Before You Go

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.

getting your COVID TEST

Students will need a negative PCR test taken on campus at or within 48 hours of your move-in day. The University is not accepting external records. Nasal testing is available, Monday through Friday, 8am-12pm & 1-4pm at the Carepod beginning Monday, Sept 6th. Saliva testing is available 8am-4pm, Monday through Friday and 9am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday beginning Monday, August 30th. To learn more visit

getting your id card

The 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.

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 2021-2022 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 6, 2021

Returning Student Move-In: September 8 - September 12, 2021

Due to limited resources at our front desks, we will be unable to accept any mail or packages prior to Tuesday, 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 11, 2021

Winter Break Dates: November 24, 2021 - January 2, 2022

All buildings will close for winter break on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Residents must be moved out prior to 9 am on November 24 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, 2022.


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 24 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 10 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 2021-2022 academic year will begin with brunch on Monday, September 6. Students can make changes to their meal plan each quarter up until the first Thursday of week one (September 16 for fall quarter 2021). 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