**The Department of Housing
Services will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2017, and will reopen at 9 a.m.
on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. DePaul University also is closed December 22 until
January 2. During that time, the Department of Housing Services will not be
answering emails. Please see below for
answers to common winter break questions.**
Winter Break and Check-In
I can’t move in on January 1. What should I do?
January 1 at 9 a.m. is just the earliest date to return. Residents are permitted to come back to campus from that day onward, keeping courtesy hours in mind (no moves before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m.). If you plan to arrive back to campus after the start of classes, please notify our office so we are aware you are still coming.
Will my DePaul ID work when I come back to campus?
To re-instate access on your DePaul ID, you must check in for winter quarter.
Housing Services will be sending a winter quarter check-in email with instructions to easily check in online. If you do not check in online, you will need to visit your Lincoln Park area office
(during business hours) or hall front desk (after business hours) to check in and receive hall access. University Center residents will need to get assistance from their building’s management office.
Will there be special services or assistance when I return?
Returning to campus in winter looks different from the larger fall move-in. Unfortunately we are unable to provide extra assistance during the winter quarter return process, so service elevators and access doors will not be available. There will be wristbands available that allow for additional guests to accompany residents in and out of the halls. Those wristbands will also provide free parking in our DePaul parking garages between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on January 1.
New Residents Arriving on Campus in January
Is there any extra assistance during winter quarter move-in?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide extra assistance during the winter quarter move-in process. There will be wristbands available that allow for additional guests to accompany residents in and out of the halls. Those wristbands will also provide free parking in our DePaul parking garages between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on your scheduled move-in date.
General Housing Information
Is housing guaranteed for students at DePaul?
Starting for the 2018-19 academic year, new incoming students—freshmen, transfers, graduate and law students—will be guaranteed housing if they submit and complete their housing agreement no later than May 1 (June 1 for transfers). Preference requests for campus, building, room type or roommate are not guaranteed. Please note that the university does not require any student to live on campus.
What if I need a housing or meal plan accommodation?
Special housing accommodations will only be honored, depending on availability, based on recommendations from the Center for Students with Disabilities. Students are encouraged to contact the Center for Students with Disabilities upon submission of their housing agreement. Meal plans are required for all students living in Lincoln Park campus housing and for students living in suite-style units at the University Center. Meal plan requirements do not permit release based on religious dictates, personal food choice, lifestyle or preferences (e.g., vegetarian, vegan), or other non-medically-based dietary requests. Students wishing to request a meal plan accommodation may do so by contacting email@example.com.
Applying for Housing
I already applied for housing. Can I still change my housing preferences?
You can change your preferences as many times as you would like up until June 1 and you will not get penalized for doing so, as we will make assignments based on the original agreement submission date. Preferences are not accepted after June 1. Once you move into your unit, you may request a room/building/campus change after the third week of classes. Read more about room change requests here.
When are assignments (room, building and roommate) sent out?
On-campus housing is usually assigned for the upcoming fall quarter by late June. Students who are confirmed for a unit on campus receive assignment letters in the mail approximately by early July.
For rooms with multiple beds, the decision of which student gets which bed is a discussion that needs to be had amongst all roommates and must be mutually agreed upon. For apartment-style units, Housing Services assigns students individual bedrooms within the apartment.
What is the difference between converted housing and temporary housing?
Both converted and temporary housing allow Housing Services to maximize its use of housing space to place more students into housing, at the beginning of the year. Since the demand for housing usually exceeds the amount of units available, Housing Services has identified different units on campus that are able to accommodate more students in need of housing.
Converted housing occurs when students are assigned to regular residential spaces that have been converted from a double unit to a triple unit. Students who are assigned to a converted space are considered permanent residents of that unit and all residents will receive the same amenities and furniture.
Converted housing residents are not required to move during the academic year. Should a resident of a converted unit request a move to a standard unit, their request will be processed ahead of regular room change requests. Want to get a better idea of a converted unit? Click here for a 360-degree panoramic view of a lived-in Clifton-Fullerton Hall converted housing unit, with an occupancy of three residents. You can also visit our converted housing page to learn more.
Temporary housing is when residents have been assigned to a residence hall study lounge that has been adapted to a private residential space. All necessary furniture for each resident is provided. The residential space is temporary and as soon as a permanent space becomes available, the temporary resident will be required to move to a new space.
What does it mean to be waitlisted?
Students on the waitlist are assigned housing when spaces become available. While a student is on the waitlist, they do not have a space assigned to them. Every attempt is made to find housing for students on the waitlist. As Housing Services cannot predict when and how often cancellations will be received, it is not possible to determine when a student on the waitlist will be assigned housing, if at all. If you have questions about the waitlist, please call our main office at (773) 325-7196 and ask to speak with an assignments coordinator.
What is my room like (square footage, furniture, etc.)?
Room set-ups vary by type of room and hall. For more information about your building and general room information, visit the building pages at Housing Options. Residents who are unsure about whether something will fit in their new space are advised to move in first and then add additional items later.
Living on Campus
What is the guest policy?
A resident can serve as a host to no more than two guests at any time. To have more than two guests at a given time, a resident must request additional guest approval by filling out this form.
Guests must present a state, government or DePaul photo ID at the front desk and be signed in by a resident host.
Residents are permitted to have overnight guests a maximum of two nights in a seven-day period, as long as all roommates are informed in advance of the visit.
To register a minor guest (someone 17 years and younger) wishing to stay in a residence hall, the resident must complete this form.
The host must escort the guest at all times. View our front desk page to learn more about the guest policy.
Where is the Mail Center?
All Lincoln Park residents get their mail at the Student Mail Center on the third floor of the Student Center in Suite 317. Students can also pick up their mailbox key in the Student Mail Center. For the University Center, each resident is issued a mailbox combination and mail is distributed to mailboxes located on the second floor.
What is security like on campus?
There are blue lights located all over campus, as well as 31 outside cameras that campus security monitors at all times and are connected to the 911 center. Every residence hall is also guarded with a front desk attendant, student desk receptionist during the hours of 7 a.m. and midnight, and from midnight to 7 a.m. a professional security guard takes over. Public Safety also offers an escort service on Lincoln Park campus from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Read more about this and Public Safety here.
Where is laundry located and how much does it cost?
Laundry locations vary throughout the buildings, but are located in every building. In Lincoln Park halls, laundry is included for building residents without needing quarters or card swipes to run the machines. In the University Center, machines run through the use of prepaid laundry cards.
Can a resident move in early?
Students cannot move in early unless they are involved in a program which requires them to arrive on campus prior to move-in weekend. Individual requests to move in early cannot be accommodated. Learn more about moving to campus on our fall move-in page.
How do I rent a loft for my bed or a micro-fridge?
Residence Hall Council (RHC) works exclusively with Bedloft, an approved DePaul vendor.
For incoming residents, when placing a rental order, please conﬁrm with all of your roommates ﬁrst; each room is only allowed one micro-fridge. You are prohibited from renting lofts or micro-fridges if you are assigned to an apartment-style room. Rental items will be delivered to your room prior to move-in day if ordered by the deadline. Late orders will be delivered after you have moved in. All future residents will receive a mailing with rental and pricing information from Bedloft in the later part of summer.
Are meal plans required?
Residential meal plans are administered through Housing Services. Meal plans are required for all Lincoln Park residents and for University Center suite-style residents. Dining plan values on DePaul ID cards roll forward from fall to winter to spring quarter until the end of spring quarter on June 8, 2018. After that date, any remaining balance will be forfeited and is not refundable. Read more about dining plan options on our dining options page or in the 2017-18 Dining Guide and 2018-19 Dining Guide.
University Center (UC)