Housing After Study Abroad or Leaves of Absence (Withdrawals)

What to Expect

Finding housing after studying abroad or leaves of absence can be stressful, but DU has limited on-campus availability for students returning to campus. Because the number of spaces is limited, we strongly encourage students to begin the process as early as possible.

When housing options are unavailable due to occupancy, our team can place students on a waitlist. We then make assignments on a "first come" basis, considering application completion date, student classification, and availability. 

Students planning to study abroad or take a leave of absence from DU must consider their housing options upon their return, especially those returning for the winter or spring quarters.

Learn more about how to apply for housing.

If you have any questions, email housingassignments@du.edu.

  • Important Things to Consider
    • Students cannot reserve a housing assignment by paying for it while they study abroad or have withdrawn. 
    • Housing is not guaranteed due to limited space availability.
    • Students should not expect to be placed with specific roommates due to limited spaces. 
    • Students who do not receive an on-campus housing assignment will not be eligible for the Residence Hall Grant.
      For more information or questions about the Residence Hall Grant and eligibility requirements, visit the Financial Aid website.

Students unable to secure on-campus housing

If we cannot provide on-campus housing, students can be placed on a waitlist. DU has also partnered with Apartments.com as an additional tool to help students find housing off-campus.

  • Waitlist Information

    Our team will regularly update students placed on a waitlist for on-campus housing. Our waitlists are ordered by the completed housing application date. Remember, the earlier you complete the application, the higher the likelihood of securing an on-campus housing assignment. In general, you should expect the following:

    • Our team will communicate with the Winter/Spring waitlist students beginning in early Fall. We will regularly inform students about their waitlist status and the process.
    • Winter/Spring quarter room assignments will not be released until week 8 of the fall quarter because we will not know which spaces will be available before that time.
    • As students are assigned on-campus housing, they will be emailed their room assignment information. Students should read this email thoroughly because it contains important move-in and deadline information.