Location: About Newark, Delaware



Old College, University of Delaware

Where is Delaware?

This is one of the first questions that potential students ask us when they are considering studying at the ELI. Since we think that our location is absolutely amazing, we have prepared information on this page to help you to learn all about it!

A special place on the U.S. East Coast

The University of Delaware is located on the East Coast of the United States in Newark, Delaware, a quiet, safe, and friendly college town of approximately 33,000 people.


Nearby cities

Newark is very close to some of the most interesting cities in the U.S. By car (driving distance), Newark is only:

  • 45 minutes from Philadelphia
  • 55 minutes from Baltimore
  • 2 hours from New York City
  • 2 hours from Washington, D.C.
  • 6 hours from Boston

In addition, Newark is only 2 hours away from beaches and ski resorts!

New York City skyline
White House at golden hour
Independence Hall at twilight
Baltimore Harbor at sunrise


The climate in Newark is quite comfortable for most of the year. We experience all four seasons, including very warm temperatures in the summer (June, July, August) and mildly cold temperatures in the winter (January, February). 

Temperature and precipitation: totals and averages

Annual average high temperature 19.2 °C
Annual average low temperature 6.9 °C
Average temperature 13.05 °C
Average annual precipitation 1173.0 mm
Fall leaves on the ground in front of Pearson Hall
Student working on a laptop in front of a spring blooming tree
Winter light touches the roof of Dupont Hall. Snow on the roof and ground.
Summer on The Green

About the city of Newark

UD is located in the city of Newark in the state of Delaware.

Important: Newark, Delaware is not the same city as Newark, New Jersey!

Though Delaware is one of the smallest states in the country, it is one of the oldest states in the country—a fact that is visible in the state’s architecture, museums, and cultural centers.

Tax-free shopping

Delaware is very popular on the East Coast of the United States due to the fact that no taxes are added to the purchase of goods and services in the state. Enjoy a low cost of living and tax-free shopping while you are here!


Delaware is considered a “banking center” in the United States and is home to over half of the 500 largest corporations in the country!

Main Street

The campus surrounds Main Street, the center of Newark’s commercial, student and community life.

Between classes, you can stroll through the center of town and stop for coffee or a bite to eat at a sidewalk cafe or restaurant. Night life in the local pubs and cafés feature live music and dancing. In addition, since the State of Delaware does not add tax on the sale of goods, living and shopping expenses in the Newark area are much lower than most major metropolitan areas of the U.S.


Newark is a small city of about 33,800 residents, including many University of Delaware students. The state of Delaware as a whole has a population of about 945,900 residents.


Newark also has many traditional annual events that bring residents and students together in celebration on Main Street, including the Memorial Day Parade, Newark Day, the Halloween Parade, Newark Community Days, Outdoor Summer Concert Series, and much more. In addition, within the campus and community you will find houses of worship for all of the world’s major religions.

What do international students think of our city?

Watch the video below to learn more about what previous ELI students have thought about Newark.

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