Life in the Dorm

Students will be asked if they would like to be placed in the dorm when completing their online application. Students may choose to commute to New Start, but we recommend living on campus if possible. The dorm is not just a place to stay for the summer, but a thriving community of diverse students and staff with the common goal of academic and personal success. The hall is staffed by Resident Assistants and a Graduate Community Director who are there to ensure the health and safety of the community but also to provide educational and social programming in the hall.

One important goal of the New Start Summer Program is for students to meet and get to know people of different backgrounds so all students will share a double room with someone from a different school, city or state.  We do not accept roommate requests.

COVID Protocols

Housing and Residential Life has been actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and establishing protocols accordingly for safe living in the dorm. Students will be required to test before they move into their room and continue to do so weekly through the duration of the program. For more information about Housing's COVID-19 protocols, please refer to their FAQs.

What to bring?

Housing and Residential Life has a move-in checklist to help you consider what you will want to bring for living in the dorm for the New Start Summer Program.  You certainly do not need everything – the list is mostly for reference.  Just be sure to look at the list of what NOT to bring! Please keep in mind that New Start is only six weeks long. This list was developed for an entire academic year, so consider what you will need for those six weeks, only. You will have to move all that you bring with you.

Can Tucson students live in the dorm?

Yes! Tucson residents should indicate on their application that they would like to be considered for the dorm, and assignments are first-come, first-served based on the date of application completion.