Summer Start Housing

As a student in the Summer Start session, you are required to live in University housing during the Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018 terms. We are requiring this because Summer Start is a learning community that runs all year. A learning community helps ensure you get the most out of your experience here at Purdue! In fact, there are studies that show your GPA goes up when living on campus as a freshmen and over 90% of our freshmen live on campus so you'll have a blast! You will also have the opportunity to participate in events throughout the fall and spring terms with your discipline-specific learning community.

The Summer Start housing contract opened December 12th and can be found here.

Housing can be contacted at or 765-494-1000. 

Students in Summer Start will be housed in Harrison Hall. All spaces are double rooms with air conditioning (yes!).

If you live within driving distance from campus and would like to request an exemption to the living on campus requirement, please send a written request with your reasoning to, and we will get back to you with our decision in a timely manner. 


Housing Session Rate with a 13-meals-per-week Plan

Five-Week Summer Start 2017 Session (double room)


Fall 2017


Spring 2018


Meal Plans

A required 13-meals-per-week plan will be included in your housing contract for summer only but this can be changed for fall and spring. Most students find this an adequate amount in our all-you-can-eat dining halls. Meal swipes may be used in any of Purdue Dining & Catering’s residential dining courts open over the summer. In addition to 13 meals per week, students also will receive a $125 allotment of Dining Dollars in the summer. Dining Dollars may be used to purchase extra meals for themselves or for guests in Purdue Dining & Catering residential and retail dining locations. Summer meal swipes and Dining Dollars will start on Sunday, July 9th. Unused summer Dining Dollars are nonrefundable and will expire at the end of the summer contracted session (August 13). Depending on your selected meal plan for fall and spring terms, Dining Dollars will be renewed.

Other Important Information

Notification of your specific room assignment will be made before arriving but the specific date for that release is to be determined.

As a Summer Start student you will have the option of enjoying an early move-in (more information to come as summer nears), instead of the craziness that ensues when thousands of other students are moving in during the same week! Our staff are working on a move-in plan for you and will let you know through email, as summer nears, what that plan will be. We do know that we will provide certain time windows if you need help moving in but we will also allow you to go in any other time during the weekend before classes start if that works better for your family.

Please visit the University Residences website for more information about housing. 

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