Residential Life and Housing

Applying For Housing

All Students' active and available applications are located in their clarku portal. Click on the left hand navigation menu item reading, "Housing and Dining Self-Service"


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. 24. 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. For more information click here

When you reach your residence hall, people there will help unload your belongings from your car onto the front lawn. You can then go to park in the parking garage. At your residence hall, upperclass students from the orientation and residential staffs will welcome you, give you your room key and help you get acclimated.

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. 23. To request permission, please complete an early arrival application in the "Housing and Dining Self-Service" portal by August 2. Requests received after August 2 will result in a late application fee.

Please pick up your key at the Residential Life and Housing Office (142 Woodland Street); if you plan to arrive after 5:00pm please contact us as soon as possible.

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. 20, for winter break, and reopen for the spring semester at 9am on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. 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. Requests received after the deadline are subject to denial or a late fee. Residence halls close at noon on May 19, 2018 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.