Summer Start Housing

Learning communities help ensure students get the most out of their experience at Purdue by combining coursework and extracurricular activities. Over 90% of our freshmen live in a residence hall so you'll have a blast meeting new people through the Catalyst Learning Community! In addition to making new friends, studies show that college GPA increases when living on campus; employers ranked GPA as the third-most influencial factor while hiring recent graduates during 2016. Collectively, the Catalyst Learning Community will provide support and activities throughout the year to help you thrive as a Boilermaker.

You also have the opportunity to join a learning community related to your academic major as long the community does not require a living component. Students may live off campus for sophomore through senior year. Summer Start students may also join the recruitment process for cooperative housing, fraternities, and sororities; if selected, students may choose to live in the house starting sophomore year. 

The Summer Start housing contract will open on February 1 and can be found here.

Housing can be contacted by emailing or calling 765-494-1000. 

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

If you have a medical condition that does not allow you to live on campus, please send a written request with your reasoning to, and we will get back to you with our decision in a timely manner. 


Housing and meal plans are offered at a reduced rate during Summer Start. 

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

Five-Week Summer Start 2020 Session (double room)


Fall 2020


Spring 2021


Meal Plans

A required 13-meals-per-week plan will be included in your housing contract; your meal plan can be adjusted for the fall and spring semesters. Most students find 13 meals to be 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. In addition to 13 meals per week, students receive $125 Dining Dollars for the Summer Start module. Dining Dollars may be used to purchase extra meals for you or your guests in Purdue Dining & Catering residential and retail dining locations. Summer meal swipes and Dining Dollars will start on Friday, July 10th. Unused summer Dining Dollars are nonrefundable and will expire on August 14th.

Other Important Information

Notification of your specific room assignment will be made before arriving.

As a Summer Start student you will have the option of enjoying an early move-in, instead of the craziness that ensues when thousands of other students are moving in during the same week!  We will provide assistance for students moving in from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm on Friday, July 10th.

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

Admissions Checklist

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