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Reopening UConn

Living on Campus

A Home Away From Home

We are committed to providing as holistic a living experience as possible for our students, while implementing precautions to protect their health. Safety measures include reduced density and a new housing assignment process, earlier move-in and move-out dates, and testing and quarantine protocols.

Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services is available to assist students in securing off-campus housing and to support those students who commute to campus from home.

As always, campus services for students, faculty, and staff are available.

Residential Calendar and Precautionary Quarantine Period

  • The residential calendar was shifted two weeks earlier than originally planned (arriving early, departing early). Residential students moved in two weeks before the beginning of classes for a period of self-quarantine and were tested upon arrival.
  • Students who establish residency on campus should plan to remain on campus for the duration of the contract.
  • Students who are unable to return home and must remain in the residence halls after Thanksgiving will be permitted to stay following a review by the Department of Residential Life. However, for safety reasons, they will not be permitted to leave campus for the Thanksgiving break.
  • Housing and dining fees remain unchanged. Students who were impacted by the August 11 decision to further reduce housing density on campus will receive refunds on housing and dining fees.

Post-Quarantine Period Guidelines

Students living within the residence halls for the Fall semester must comply with the Temporary Health and Safety Procedures and the Housing Contract. Students are expected to wear a mask or face covering in public; maintain at least six feet of physical distancing and limit time spent closer than six feet apart to less than 15 minutes; and wash their hands often for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer frequently.  Residents will be required to submit to periodic testing for COVID-19. Repeated failure to follow expectations such as masking and physical distancing may result in a referral to Community Standards and/or removal from the residence halls.

Residential Guests

  • Students can have one residential guest in their room, suite, or apartment, who is a UConn residential student and not in self-quarantine and has no symptoms of COVID-19.
  • For those in a suite or apartment with a living room or common room, the capacity of that common room is five students.
  • Overnight guests are not allowed.
  • Guests cannot stay in residential buildings past 11:59 p.m.
  • Guests may not use the community bathrooms located on floors where residents live.

Social Gatherings

  • Residential students can gather in lounge areas but must stay within the posted maximum number of people allowed to gather in each lounge area,wear a mask, and practice social distancing whenever possible.
  • Students are welcome to interact with their "residential family units" in interior common areas such as hallways, common rooms, and lounges, while observing masking and social distancing.
  • Students can gather outdoors with other UConn students in small groups, wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
  • Students can gather in larger groups in outdoor areas according to University guidelines.

Facilities and Bathroom Use

  • Game rooms in residential areas will not be open for use.
  • Students should minimize time in all shared bathrooms.
  • Students must not not use cell phones or store personal items in shared bathrooms.
  • Residents and guests should wear face masks when using any common-use bathroom (those on non-residential floors).
  • Students should clean bathroom fixtures before and after use.


  • Please see Dining Services' COVID Updates and FAQs page for up-to-date information on which dining halls are open and whether dining is take-out only or eat-in.
  • Retail dining locations, such as the cafés, will be open with reduced seating and will be arranged to allow for adequate physical distancing.

For more information, read the Department of Residential Life's comprehensive Fall 2020 Housing FAQ here.