ELI Global Community (for CAP students only)


The Retreat Living Room

The Retreat Living Room

Live in an apartment with an American student!

Introducing the Global Communities at The Retreat at Newark and Rittenhouse Station apartments, two International Living Communities for ELI students.

What is the Global Community?

At the Global Community, we have created an “International Living/Learning Community” allowing ELI students to live with American UD students.

Each 4-bedroom apartment will contain 3 ELI students and 1 American student (called the “American Global Fellow,” or AGF). The role of the AGF will be to help his/her ELI roommates in the following ways:

  • Helping them to practice their English and develop their intercultural communication skills
  • Building relationships with all roommates
  • Having dinner with ELI students once every two weeks, sharing each other’s food and culture, and leading discussions at the dinner table
  • Participating with them in several organized activities and groups, including Community Room events, Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), campus events, study sessions, cultural visits, etc.

Special note for CAP/Pre-CAP students

Living in the Global Community meets the housing requirements for CAP/Pre-CAP students. Limited spaces are available in Global Community, so priority for housing reservations here is given to CAP/Pre-CAP students.


Each ELI student must pay a rent of US $2,000 for each session (7-8 weeks) for both The Retreat at Newark and for Rittenhouse Station apartments.

 Special notes:

  • A deposit of $250 must also be paid; however, it will be returned to the student after he/she moves out if the apartment is left in good condition and is clean.
  • Prices subject to change without notice.


Global Community Housing Options:

1) The Retreat at Newark

The Retreat is located within biking distance to the University of Delaware and the English Language Institute. Additionally, it is also conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants, a pharmacy, a grocery store and a bank. The Retreat also has a private shuttle/bus service to take students to campus and to the English Language Institute.

**Click here to learn more about The Retreat at Newark**



2) Rittenhouse Station

These beautiful off-campus apartments, which finished construction during the summer of 2012, are located close to the university campus and offer many exciting features, including special cultural programming and living with American students.

Learn more about Rittenhouse Station:


These apartments offer:

  • Four bedrooms (with 1 student in each bedroom)
  • Two bathrooms
  • Full kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances
  • Furniture in living/dining room: sofa, coffee table, end table, dining room table/chairs
  • Furniture in each bedroom: twin-sized (single) bed, nightstand, chest of drawers
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • 42″ flat screen TV with an Apple TV console
  • Integrated iPad
  • Security system – with the ability to use the iPad to see visitors at the front door of the building
  • Sports areas (cardio center, volleyball court, basketball court)
  • Off-campus location that is close to University of Delaware campus and other ELI apartments
  • Close access to the UD bus system and public bus system (which transports to the Christiana Mall)
  • Close to pharmacy, grocery store, restaurants, and more




Payment and contract information

Students will be charged for their accommodations at Rittenhouse Station on their ELI tuition bill. Rent must be paid before each session begins (at the same time that students pay their ELI tuition and fees) in order to avoid a late fee of $50. Payment can be made with credit card, money order (made out to the University of Delaware), or cash.

Students are required to sign a lease (a contract) to stay at Rittenhouse Station for the session.  Students are expected to comply with the statements on the contract and will be held accountable for Global Community policies


Reserve a room in Rittenhouse Station

For more information about the Global Community, please contact the ELI Housing Team at eli-housing@udel.edu.


Contact Rittenhouse Station

The main office of Rittenhouse Station is located at 250 Elkton Road, Suite 107, Newark, Delaware 19711. Their phone number is 1-888-858-7487, and their email is info@rittenhousestation.com.

Note: The ELI Housing Team is in charge of assigning housing for ELI students at Rittenhouse Station. Please contact eli-housing@udel.edu if you have any questions.


View photos of the Rittenhouse Station Apartments

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