Life in the Dorm

COVID-19 UPDATE: For Summer 2020, New Start will not be housing students on campus. If you are in need of housing during the program, please contact the New Start staff.

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.

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.

What if I need to receive mail during the New Start Summer Program?

Mail works differently during the summer so you cannot receive items directly to the dorm. Please use the address below when having something mailed to you. We ask that you do not send large packages or boxes as we do not have the capacity for large parcel distribution. We also ask that you do not list this address as your permanent residence, as once the program ends, we will no longer be able to receive your mail. 

To send using US Postal Service and/or a commercial delivery service (UPS, FedEx, etc.) 
Student's Name
C/O New Start Summer Program
1303 E. University Blvd. 
Box # 20904
Tucson, AZ 85719-0521

Please note: This is NOT a P.O. box and packages will not be deliverable if it is indicated as one. 

Can Tucson students live in the dorm?

While priority is given to students with a permanent address outside of the city of Tucson, there may be an opportunity for local students to live in the dorm based on availability. 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. Notifications for living assignments will be made starting May 22, 2020.

Please notify us by email at if there are unique circumstances which require you to live in the dorm.