Residential Life and Housing

Applying For Housing

New first-year and transfer students will be invited to submit their Fall Housing Applications online through the Welcome Portal beginning in May. Students must have their Clark Credentials to log in and submit the housing and meal preference forms.

Arriving on campus

First-year and transfer students

Residence Halls will open for first-year and transfer students at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21. Students moving in on that date should enter the campus via Woodland Street from Main Street. Once on Woodland Street, University staff will be on hand to direct your vehicle based on which residence hall you are living in. Please have your residence hall name and room number handy.

Live 500+ miles from campus?

First-year students who live 500 or more miles from Clark and who are not coming for a pre-orientation program may request permission to arrive on campus a day early, on Wednesday, Aug. 20. To request permission, please log in to your My Housing account by August 1. Requests received after August 1 will result in a $25.00 late application fee. For students who have received permission to move in early, residence halls will open at noon on August 20. Please pick up your key at the Residential Life and Housing Office (151 Woodland Street); if you arrive after 5 p.m., you can collect your key and I.D. card from University Police in Bullock Hall.

Participating in an early orientation program?

If you are participating in an early orientation program (Connections, ACE, International Orientation, etc.), you should contact your program directly to determine your arrival time.

For students who like to plan ahead, please note that residence halls close at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for winter break, and reopen for the spring semester at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Students needing to leave late or arrive before these times may request extensions to their contract for up to 72 hours. The fee to do so is $25 per day, if requested more than 2 weeks in advance; that rate increases if you wait longer (see housing contract for details). Residence halls close at noon on May 6, 2015 for summer break.

Off-campus accommodations

Listed below are a few hotels in the Worcester area that you may wish to contact if you need to arrive before your scheduled date, or need housing for family or friends:

Regency Suites: 508-753-3512
Holiday Inn Express: 508-757-4000
Baymont Suites: 508-832-7000
Worcester Inn: 508-852-2800


If you have any questions while preparing to come to campus, please feel free to give us a call. A representative of the Office of Residence Life and Housing would be happy to answer your questions.

Please call the office at:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.