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Living in one of our residence halls as a first-year or transfer student is a key part of your Clark experience. Learn how to apply for housing and plan for your move-in.

Applying for Housing and Choosing a Meal Plan

Fall 2022 housing/meal plan applications open: May 26, 2022

Deadline to apply: June 6, 2022

Note: Students living in traditional lifestyle or suite lifestyle housing are required to have a full meal plan, and they will be assigned the All Access Plan if no selection is made.

How to Apply: You must have a Clark account to apply. Once you have this email and password, you may sign on to access and complete the housing application.

Another way to access the form (also using your Clark credentials) is to log in via the ClarkYOU portal. Once you log in:

  • Click the menu item Housing and Dining Self-Service.
  • Click on the Applications, Forms & Requests tab.
  • Fill out the New Student Housing & Dining Request Form.

Housing Assignments

Housing assignments for incoming students who completed the Housing Application by the deadline will receive their Fall 2022 housing assignment by July 1, 2022. Students should check their Clark email account and the housing and dining portal via ClarkYOU (using your Clark credentials) for information regarding their housing assignment and roommate(s).

Housing assignments for incoming students who either completed their Housing Application after the deadline or did not submit their Housing Application, will receive their housing assignment by the last week of July.

Frequently Asked Questions

Housing assignments and corresponding roommate information are available on the Housing and Dining Self-Service portal. Once you log on, the information will be on the main screen. 

Please see the Instructions on Accessing the Housing and Dining Self-Service Portal document for step-by-step instructions. 

Students wanting to change their meal plan should email reslife@clarku.edu from their Clark email account and let us know what they want to switch their meal plan to. Students have until Friday, September 9, 2022, to reduce/cancel your meal plan. After September 9, 2022, you can only increase/add a meal plan. Meal plan information can be found here.

Single and suite room types were filled based on a first come, first-serve basis, with priority being given to those students with approved accommodations through Student Accessibility Services.

Students who are looking to change their rooms will be able to submit a room change request starting Monday September 19, 2022. The form will be available online and further instructions will be sent to your Clark email address when the form becomes available. Transparently, singles are very limited, so it is highly unlikely that you will be able to switch into a single room even if you complete the room change request form. 

Students who are looking to change their rooms will be able to submit a room change request starting Monday September 19, 2022. The form will be available online and further instructions will be sent to your Clark email address when the form becomes available. Transparently, singles are very limited, so it is highly unlikely that you will be able to switch into a single room even if you complete the room change request form

Your residence hall is overseen by a Community Director who is a live-on professional staff member trained to assist students with concerns, connectedness, etc. as they live on campus. Additionally, on your floor there will be a Resident Adviser, a student staff member, who is also trained to assist students in dealing with concerns in their living area. We strongly encourage students to work with their Resident Adviser and Community Director to try and mediate any issues and concerns first. Many times, the problem can be resolved. In addition to potentially being able to resolve the concerns, another reason we encourage students to work with their Hall staff is because the room change process not being available until a few weeks into the semester.

We invite students to take a virtual tour to see what the inside of our residential halls and houses looks like 

While some of our room sizes may vary, every student room comes with a bed, dresser, desk, and desk chair. Unfortunately, we do not have dimensions of the rooms or furniture provided in each of our halls. 

Unfortunately, for fire safety reasons students are unable to loft their beds. Students who want to bunk the beds in their space are asked to submit a work request to Facilities Management and staff will take care of that during the first few weeks of the semester.

Yes! Most standard bed risers work (around 2.5-3″ diameter), and many of our students also use extra tall bed risers. The one kind we don’t allow are bed risers with built-in electrical outlets, as they are a fire safety hazard. 

None of our desk drawers of cabinets lock. Many students end up buying a small safe to keep valuables in. 

Only removable adhesives that do not cause damage or leave marks can be used to hang objects on walls. Do not use scotch tape, masking tape, or pushpins in woodwork. We find that blue painters tape works well. 

Move-in Days

Move-in days vary depending on which group you are in:

  • ACE Program students: Aug. 7, 2022
  • Connections program students: Aug. 20, 2022
  • International students: Aug. 22, 2022
  • Student Accessibility Services’ Early Orientation participants: Aug. 24, 2022
  • All other first-year students: Aug. 25, 2022
  • Sophomore, junior, and senior transfer students: Aug. 26, 2022

Instructions on how and where to arrive will be emailed to all new students and families in advance.

Arriving Early

Please see the Our Campus and Location webpage for hotel and lodging information in the Worcester area if you need to arrive before your scheduled date, or need information for friends and family.

Contact Information

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