Dorchester Hall Renovation

Resident Life and Residential Facilities are excited to announce the next phase in our On-Campus Housing Strategic Plan; the renovation of Dorchester Hall!

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Planned Updates
  • New study lounges on the second and third floors
  • First-floor lobby study room
  • Ground-level study room
  • New floor lounges on the ground-level and first-floor
  • New furnishings in the building’s seminar room and living room areas
  • Enlarged, renovated community bathrooms with all-new fixtures and additional privacy
  • Single-use restrooms on residential floors


  • New, enlarged community kitchen on the ground-level
  • Upgrades to the heating, cooling, and ventilation systems; including new ducted outside air distribution system to reduce humidity and increase resident comfort
  • New windows
  • New plumbing
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Water-bottle filling stations on each floor
  • Renovated laundry room

Timeline

Dorchester Hall is home to 168 Maryland undergraduate students and the Global Communities Living-Learning program.

The Global Communities program will move temporarily to Elkton Hall for the 2017-2018 academic year in preparation for the renovation project.

Dorchester Hall will be open for Fall 2017 but will close immediately after the final exam period. The renovation will take place in the Spring and Summer of 2018, and Dorchester Hall is scheduled to re-open for the Fall 2018 semester.

  Current Spring 2017 Residence Hall Students

If you plan to return to the residence halls next academic year but only need housing for the Fall 2017 semester, Dorchester Hall is a great option for you. Any student who lives in Dorchester Hall for Fall 2017 who makes a request to cancel housing at the end of the semester will have their request automatically approved.

Frequently Asked Questions
Who will live in Dorchester Hall for the Fall 2017 semester?

Rooms in Dorchester Hall are ideal for any student who knows they will not need on-campus housing after the end of the Fall 2017 semester. Current students living in the residence halls in Spring 2017 who are eligible to participate in the online Room Selection process will be allowed to preference Dorchester Hall as a living option for the Fall 2017 semester. Any student assigned to Dorchester Hall for the Fall 2017 who submits a petition for release from their on-campus housing agreement by the November 1, 2017 deadline will have their petition approved automatically since Dorchester Hall will close on December 19, 2017.

When will Dorchester Hall close?

Dorchester Hall will close immediately after the Fall 2017 final exams period. Fall 2017 residents will be expected to completely move out of Dorchester Hall within 24 hours of their last Fall final exam and by no later than 7pm on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. We will not be able to allow for any late departures due to the required renovation start date and time. Fall 2017 residents should prepare well in advance so they can pack belongings and move out by December 19th.

What will Dorchester residents need to do at the end of the Fall 2017 semester?

Dorchester Hall will close at the end of the Fall 2017 semester and the renovation will begin immediately following the final exam period. Students living in Dorchester should plan to move completely out of Dorchester Hall by no later than 7pm on December 19, 2017. Any Dorchester residents who require Spring 2018 housing must move their belongings home with them for the Winter Break. Displaced residents will be given priority for new room assignments for the Spring 2018 semester and will be able to move into their Spring room assignments on Sunday, January 21, 2018.

What are the plans for the Global Communities Program while Dorchester is closed?

The Global Communities Living-Learning Program will re-locate temporarily to Elkton Hall starting in the Fall 2017 semester and will remain in Elkton Hall for the 2017-2018 academic year. Global Communities participants will be assigned to floors 2 and 3 in Elkton Hall and Global Communities staff will have temporary office space in the Elkton Hall lobby. Upon completion of the renovation project, the Global Communities program is currently scheduled to return to Dorchester Hall starting in the Fall 2018 semester.

What will happen when the building closes on December 19, 2017?

As soon as the building closes and students move out on December 19, staff from the Department of Residential Facilities will begin the process of removing and storing furnishings and other items such as doors, locks, and other materials in preparation for the construction team to begin renovation. Many items currently in use in the building, such as bedroom furnishings and room doors, will be stored during construction and then re-used. Once the facilities teams complete the removal and storage phase, the construction team will install a construction fence around the building and will begin the demolition phase of the renovation project.

What will residents from Anne Arundel and St. Mary’s Halls do for laundry services while Dorchester Hall is closed?

Dorchester Hall includes a laundry room that serves Anne Arundel, Dorchester, and St. Mary’s Halls. In preparation for the closing of Dorchester Hall, the Department of Residential Facilities is making modifications to the laundry room in Queen Anne’s Hall. These modifications will include adding more washers and dryers and allowing Anne Arundel and St. Mary’s residents to use the Queen Anne’s laundry room while Dorchester Hall is closed.

When will Dorchester Hall re-open?

Dorchester hall is scheduled to re-open for the Fall 2018 semester.

Please check back frequently for updates. If you have questions, please contact Dennis Passarella-George, Associate Director of Resident Life, at dgeorge@umd.edu.