Coronavirus FAQs for Residential Life

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Content Updated: April 6, 2020

Room Picks

Please see our Online Room Picks pages for answers to frequently asked questions.

Move Out

Please visit our information about Spring 2020 move out at

Book Packing and Shipping

The University has completed the book packing and shipping request process and we are no longer processing requests or shipping items for essential course materials. Additional questions may still be directed to

How can I access my books now that the University is not sending items?

The Hesburgh Library created a resource page where students can access some textbooks and other materials. See also this list of free or expanded content from a variety of academic publishers, which they will continue to update.

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Mail Forwarding

  • USPS mail and packages are now being forwarded to students’ home addresses.  Please contact Mail Distribution with questions.
  • FedEx/Amazon/DHL/UPS packages are still being delivered to the halls as usual. Students are reminded to double check delivery addresses to make sure packages are being sent to the correct address.

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Students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • For Notre Dame on-campus students, Notre Dame will electronically enumerate those students on their behalf. No further action is needed.
  • For Notre Dame students living off-campus, they should self-report their South Bend address to the Census Bureau during the enumeration period.

More information can be found at

Credit for Room and Meals

Questions regarding the credit of room and meals should be directed to the Office of Student Accounts, stdacct@nd.edu

International Programs

I'm studying abroad in Fall 2020.  What do I need to know?

On April 7, NDI and Student Affairs leadership sent this email to all Fall 2020 study abroad students.

We anticipate there will be adequate space on campus to accommodate study abroad students if necessary, and an additional housing lottery and room picks process will be conducted to allow for as many students as possible to return to their home hall. As is the case for study abroad students every year, we unfortunately cannot guarantee a return to your home hall. 

Library Returns

How do I return my library books?

Library materials, including those from interlibrary loan, ND partner, and St. Joseph County Public Libraries may be returned to the Hesburgh Library Book Drop located at the east side (Library Circle) of the Library. Please follow on-site signage for pedestrian and vehicle traffic routes..

The Book Drop will be available daily 8:30am - 6:00pm beginning on May 22, 2020 and continuing through mid-June. We will have additional collection bins located nearby to accommodate social distancing guidelines. (Please note: The Hesburgh Library building remains closed.) 

Please follow CDC recommendations regarding the use of social distancing, face coverings and hand sanitizer when returning library materials. Details about hours and procedures will be updated on the Library Service Continuity webpage. Questions? Contact for assistance.