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Current Students

The ELI has a special Current Student Website that has all the information that you will need in order to manage your student life at the ELI.

Go to the Current Student Website ➤

The ELI is happy to help students to find a place to live while they are studying in Delaware!

Several housing options are available; however, the type of housing that you can choose 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.

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Where will you live in Delaware?

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 programs ➤

To begin, please click on the name of the program that you will do (see below).


  • IEP = Intensive English Program
  • CAP = Conditional Admissions Program (for graduate students)
  • AUEP = Accelerated University English Program
Academic Transitions or Pre-A.T.

Important housing requirements: Conditionally-admitted students have special housing requirements that they must meet. If you are registered for Academic Transitions or the Pre-A.T. program, you must fulfill the housing requirements as part of your program. This is very important.

➤ Learn more about housing requirements for conditionally-admitted students

Housing options for students in Academic Transitions or Pre-A.T.

Students in Academic Transitions or Pre-A.T. have several housing options. These include:

Living on campus in a residence hall (i.e., a dormitory)
Homestay (living with an American family)
The Global Community (the ELI’s special living/learning community)

In each of these options, students will live with Americans. This helps students to learn more about American culture and encourages students to use English in their living environment.

Learn more about housing options for A.T. and Pre-A.T. students

Are you bringing your family to Delaware?

Students who will bring their spouse (i.e., husband or wife) and/or children to Delaware will need to consider apartments that can accommodate families. These options are:

 Studio Green (apartments off campus)
 Pine Brook (apartments off campus)


Several housing options are available to students in the following ELI programs:

 Intensive English Program (IEP)
 Accelerated University English Program (AUEP)
 Conditional Admissions Program (CAP) – For graduate students

Housing options for students in these programs are listed below. Click on the housing option that interests you to learn more.

Homestay (living with an American family)
 The INNternationale (residence on campus)
 One Easton (apartments off campus)
 Studio Green (apartments off campus)
 Pine Brook (apartments off campus)

Special recommendation: We encourage students in AUEP, CAP, or Pre-MBA 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 ➤

Are you bringing your family to Delaware?

Students who will bring their spouse (i.e., husband or wife) and/or children to Delaware will need to consider apartments that can accommodate families. These options are:

 Studio Green (apartments off campus)
 Pine Brook (apartments off campus)

Language Adventure USA

Students in Language Adventure USA will live with an American family in our homestay program. | Learn more ➤

Summer Language and Leadership Academy (SLLA)

Students in the SLLA program will live with an American family in our homestay program. | Learn more ➤

International Edge: The Summer Pre-College Program

Students enrolled in International Edge will live on campus in the residence halls (i.e., dormitories). For more information, contact eli-housing@udel.edu.

American Law & Legal English Institute (ALLEI)

Participants in the ALLEI program will need short-term housing (i.e., 4 weeks). We recommend the following housing options:

Homestay (living with an American family)
 The INNternationale (residence on campus)

Delaware EFL Teacher Training (DEFT)

Housing options for participants in the DEFT program depend on two factors: 1) whether the participant is part of a special group; and 2) the duration of the program.

DEFT participants that will come to the ELI as part of a special group will have their housing coordinated by the ELI’s Assistant Director for International Programs, Baerbel Schumacher (baerbel@udel.edu). This information will be provided to the group coordinator during the contract negotiations.

DEFT participants who will attend the ELI individually as part of our 4-week session should consider living in one of the following housing options:

Homestay (living with an American family)
 The INNternationale (residence on campus)

Executive English Program (EEP)

Participants in the Executive English Program need housing that is available for only a short period of time (i.e., 3 weeks). Please contact eli-housing@udel.edu for more information about the options that are available for you.

How to reserve housing

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. A Housing Reservation Form (or a document with housing reservation instructions) will be included in your ELI Welcome Package (with your I-20 Form and your acceptance letter). Complete the form and return it to eli-housing@udel.edu.
  2. At the same time, send 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 send your housing application to us 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

Why reserve housing through ELI?

There are several reasons why reserving your housing through the ELI is strongly recommended (and possibly required depending on your program):

  • The ELI housing options are all inclusive – furniture, utilities (Water/electric/heat/AC) are all included in the rental price.
  • On move in day when you arrive at your Delaware home, everything in your apartment is ready for you. The WiFi is ready to use, all your furniture is there, and we help you move in!
  • By reserving your housing through the ELI, you are eligible for a “short term lease”. What is a short term lease? A lease is the legally binding contract that you sign when you move into an apartment. The majority of leases in Delaware are 10-12 months long, which means you must pay the rent for 10-12 months! But not the ELI leases – they are all short term, so you are only responsible for rent for the length of the session.
  • All ELI apartment options are on the UD Bus route so you do not need a car to get to class!
  • The ELI Housing Office will make your reservation, answer any questions you have, and communicate with the apartment management for you. This is very helpful for people learning English!
  • The ELI Housing Office will help you with any concerns or problems that you experience in your housing. We may not be able to help you if you reserve housing outside of the ELI Housing Options.
  • If you have friends who studied at the ELI, they might want to give you advice about finding housing or where to live. Please keep in mind that your friends’ advice might not be “up to date” and it is important to get accurate information from the ELI before you make your housing plans!

Important: Students in A.T. or Pre-A.T.

If you are an A.T. or Pre-A.T. student, you are required to live in A.T. Housing. You are required to reserve your housing through our office so that you are registered in A.T. Housing to meet the requirements of your conditional admission.

Helpful housing vocabulary

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

Learn housing words ➤

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]__

Full list of housing options

This is a list of all housing options available at the ELI:

Important things to know:

  • Not all housing options are available each session. Be sure to check with the ELI Housing Team (eli-housing@udel.edu) to make sure that the housing type that you like will be available while you are studying at the ELI.
  • It is important to indicate your favorite choice and your second choice on your housing application so that the ELI can try to place you in a housing type that you like.

Housing terms and conditions

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

See the ELI Housing Terms and Conditions ➤

Housing for families

I am coming to the ELI with my family and we need an apartment that has more than 2 bedrooms, 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 families. 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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