Benefits of Living on Campus
So much to offer, Right Here!

When you become part of our residential community, you join the thousands of residents before you who have been living, learning, studying, and socializing in our halls since the first students moved on campus in 1859.

We've come a long way since that time

Benefits of Living on Campus
  • Nearly 9,500 students live in 37 campus residence halls and another 3,000 in our affiliated public-private partnership apartments – over 12,000 students call us home.
  • 94% of new freshmen choose to begin their academic careers living in our halls.
  • We provide housing options for 18 different living-learning programs.
  • Our halls range from traditional halls, semi-suites, suites and kitchen-equipped apartments- enough housing options to suit you without ever having to leave campus.
  • Housing, data, cable and utilities are all included in our residence hall academic year agreement.

  Benefits of Living on Campus - University of Maryland
  Benefits of Living on Campus - University of Maryland Benefits of Living on Campus - University of Maryland
Evidence of Academic Success

Research exploring retention and graduation rates has found a strong relationship between on-campus housing and graduation.

  • In a University of Maryland study, students who lived on campus for at least their freshman year were 22% more likely to graduate within four years than students who lived off campus.

  • Students who lived on campus for even one year were 10% more likely to graduate in six years.

  • A review of the data also shows that living on campus for the first two years was most critical to graduating in four or six years.

Learn more about our fifteen year On-Campus Student Housing Strategic Plan and "Transforming the Maryland Residential Experience".

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  Benefits of Living on Campus - University of Maryland Benefits of Living on Campus - University of Maryland
Many benefits beyond our location and proximity to the academic, athletic, cultural and social facilities of the university

  • Students living in residence halls are more likely to continue their studies and graduate than off-campus students.
  • Residence hall students participate in more extracurricular activities, feel more satisfied with their college experience, and interact more frequently with peers and faculty.
  • Residence hall students live and dine in communities where they make connections and develop life-long friendships.
  • Our outstanding Math Success Program provides academic support right in our halls.

Download the Benefits of Living on Campus informational sheet (.pdf) in PDF format.

Safety and security is very important to us.
We're here for you, all the time!

  • 24-hour staffing, support, and services provided by the Department of Resident Life and the Department of Residential Facilities.
  • Dedicated student and professional staff members living in our halls who are trained in emergency and crisis management.
  • Enhanced safety and security measures like card access systems for doors and elevators, blue light emergency phones throughout campus and dusk to dawn patrols by uniformed police officers and police auxiliary staff.
  • Our residence halls are conveniently located near Shuttle-UM bus routes offered by the Department of Transportation Services, and offer easy access to NITE Ride and other services to help you get around safely.

We also have a variety of opportunities for leadership, employment and engagement.

  • The Residence Hall Association (RHA) provides opportunities for residents to be directly involved in leadership and hold council positions within our residential communities, to plan and carry out program activities and to engage university officials on issues of interest and concern on behalf of all residents.
  • Resident Life employs over 500 students in positions ranging from Resident Assistants (RA) in our halls and Community Assistants (CA) at our service desks, to Information Technology (IT) support and Office Assistants (OA) throughout our communities.
  • Our residents represent the rich, diverse campus we call home, with residents from 40 states and 43 countries.