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The ELI Housing Team is here to help you to choose the housing option that is right for you!

Where will you live in Delaware?

Where will you live in Delaware?

Our knowledgeable staff is happy to help students to find a place to live while they are studying in Delaware!

Several housing options are available; however, where you can live may depend on the ELI program that you will do. Before deciding where you want to live, consider your housing priorities and the options below.

If you need assistance understanding the information on this web page, please email: eli-housing@udel.edu.

Housing options for each program

The housing options available to you will depend on the program that you will do at the ELI. | Learn more about our programs

Select the name of a program below to learn more about the housing options for that program.

Note: IEP = Intensive English Program | Graduate CAP = Graduate Conditional Admissions Program

Academic Transitions or Pre-AT

Important housing requirements: Academic Transitions (AT) students have special housing requirements that they must meet.

If you are registered for AT or the Pre-AT program, you must fulfill the housing requirements as part of your program. AT students must live in ELI housing regardless of age. This is very important.

Students in AT or Pre-AT have a choice of housing options. These include:

  • Homestay (living with an American host)
  • The Global Community at The Waverly
  • The George Read Residence Hall

Learn more about housing options for AT and Pre-AT students

IEP, Graduate CAP and Pre-MBA

Students in the Intensive English Program (IEP), the Graduate Conditional Admissions Program (Graduate CAP), and the Pre-MBA program have several housing options available to them, including:

Special recommendation: We encourage students to live with Americans in the homestay program. This option provides students with the opportunity to learn more about American culture and to practice their English in their home environment. | Learn more about homestay

Short-term Programs (4 weeks or less)

Students in special ELI groups, including Language Adventure USA and the Delaware EFL Teacher Training program (DEFT) will have housing coordinated by our Assistant Director of International Programs, Baerbel Schumacher (baerbel@udel.edu)

Students who will attend the ELI individually can contact eli-housing@udel.edu for more information about the options that are available to you.

Housing Terms and Conditions

By moving into ELI housing, you are agreeing to the ELI Housing Terms and Conditions.

See the ELI Housing Terms and Conditions

Helpful Housing Vocabulary

There are several words and phrases to know so that your housing experience goes smoothly!

Learn housing words

Dining Options

Where will you eat? There are several dining options for ELI students.

Learn more about ELI dining options

How to reserve housing

Be sure to follow instructions for reserving your housing! It is very important to follow the correct procedure. All students must submit a housing reservation form at least 2 weeks before the session begins.

To reserve your housing:

  1. About 1 month before the start of the session, you will be emailed a link to the housing reservation form.
  2. You may need to provide a copy of your visa and your plane ticket reservation (i.e., your flight itinerary).
    Note: If you are already studying at the ELI, then you do not need to submit the visa and plane ticket reservation.
  3. Wait to receive your housing confirmation. The confirmation message will be sent to you by email approximately 1-2 weeks before the beginning of your session. Depending on your housing selection, you may receive a confirmation earlier.

Do not delay! Some housing options may not be available every ELI session, so we recommend that you complete your housing application as early as possible to increase your chances of getting the housing you chose.

Housing assignments depend on the date the ELI receives your completed application and the number of students attending that session.

Useful resources

Understanding your lease

We know that leases are difficult to understand, so we are here to help you understand your lease.

Remember, before you sign a lease, we recommend that you ask the apartment management if you have any questions. It is your responsibility to understand your lease.

We suggest that you ask these questions before you sign a lease:

  • When does my lease start?
  • When can I move in?
  • When does my lease end?
  • When is rent due?
  • Do you take cash/check/credit card/money order for rent?
  • How do I renew my lease? When is the deadline to renew?
  • Do I need to take an inventory of the apartment condition after I move in?

Remember, do not sign a lease unless you understand what you are signing!

What to do if something breaks in your apartment

How to submit a maintenance request for something broken or damaged in your apartment
If something is damaged or is not working well in your apartment, it is very important to tell the apartment management.

If you have any problems with the water; such as a leak or water dripping, you must report this immediately!

If you do not tell the management about the problem immediately, then you may be held responsible for it and any damage it causes.

Sample email message
You can copy and paste this sample email to send a maintenance request to the apartment management with the details about the problem in your apartment. If you do not know who to contact, email eli-housing@udel.edu for help.


I would like to submit a maintenance request.

I live in apartment __[your apartment number] __.

In my apartment, the __[describe the problem] __ does not work.

The problem started on __[date]___.

Would you please send someone to fix this problem?

Please send me a reply to confirm that you received my email.

Thank you in advance for your help with this problem,

___[your full name]__

Housing for families

I am coming to the ELI with my family. What should we do?
Contact ELI-Housing@udel.edu with your name, student ID, and the number people in your family including their ages.

The Housing Coordinator can help you look for suitable options that are close to campus and the ELI.

Meal Options

Where can I eat while I am studying at the ELI?
There are several dining options for ELI students. Some students buy a university meal plan, while others will eat with their homestay hosts.

Some students choose not to buy a meal plan and will instead cook their meals or purchase them in many cafes in the Newark area.

Learn more about ELI dining options

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