Incoming First-Year & Transfer Students

Experience On-Campus Life at DU!

Embracing the on-campus experience is an important aspect of the University journey, with a mandatory requirement for students to reside on campus and maintain a residential meal plan during their initial two years. Living on campus is more than just accommodations. It's a transformative experience that creates lifelong memories for DU students. We extend beyond your living space. We foster connections with students from diverse corners of the globe and actively contribute to a vibrant community where living, learning, and play intertwine.

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  • Important Dates for First-Year and Transfer Students

    As you plan to arrive at DU, please keep in mind important housing application dates. Planning ahead ensures a seamless application process for you and sets you up for success as you plan to live on campus!

    December 11, 2023 Phase 1 of the Housing Application becomes available.
    December 18, 2023 Phase 2 of the Housing Application becomes available.
    June 14, 2024

    Priority Deadline to submit our Housing Application

    Priority Deadline to submit an accommodation request through AccessibleDU: Student Disability Services (SDS)

    Deadline to create a Roommate Group

    July 30, 2024 Notifications of 2024-2025 Housing Assignments released.
  • Our Two-Year Live-On Requirement

    DU requires all undergraduate students to have lived on campus for two years in University-owned, operated, or affiliated housing at DU or a previous college or university. Find out more about our Two-Year Live-On Requirement and what that means to you as a DU student.


Start Your Adventure at DU!

There's truly no other place that offers you quality and meaningful experiences like Housing and Residential Education (HRE), all while having the opportunity to grow from your residential experience.

First-Year Students

We know you may be feeling a mix of emotions, from nervousness and being overwhelmed to excitement at the thought of a new opportunity. We want to assure you that the HRE has a well-thought-out process for housing, and we provide the necessary resources for your seamless transition to on-campus living. Whether you have questions about roommate living or move-in day, you'll find the information and resources to help you succeed.

And if you're still feeling overwhelmed, don't worry –you've come to the right place.

Our Residential Communities 

As a first-year student, you will live in one of three residence halls!

Enhance Your First-Year Experience in a Living Community

Living community experiences bring students together with shared identities or interests and help foster smooth academic and social experiences. Students will live together on a floor or hall! Take a look at the living communities offered at DU!

Transfer Students

We recognize that transferring to a new institution presents its own unique experiences and are continuously working to improve the experience for transfer students. We want to assure you that we have a well-thought-out process for housing and provide the necessary resources for your seamless transition to living on the DU campus. Whether you're wondering about roommates or move-in day, you'll find the information you need to help you succeed.

Our Residential Communities 

Housing options for transfer students depend on their classification (i.e., first-year, second-year, graduate student, etc.). Most first-year students will live in Centennial Halls.

Enhance Your Transfer Experience in the Transfer Living Community (TLC)

The Transfer Living Community at the Transfer House aims to connect with other students who also decided to change their college experience and come to DU. This is a great opportunity to live and learn together, as you navigate the shift of coming to a new college. 

Learn How to Apply for Housing

Learn everything you need to know to successfully apply and secure your residence on campus!

How to Apply

Room and Mean Plan Rates

Learn about our room rates and meal plan options.

Room & Meal

Preparing to Live On Campus

Learn what you should do to get ready to live on campus.

Know Before You Go
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Our Guide to Residence Living

Learn more about what it means to live in our residential community.

Read the GRL