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


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.

Frequently Asked Questions
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.

Who will live in Dorchester hall upon reopening?

Students participating in the Global Communities Living and Learning Program will reside in the newly renovated Dorchester Hall. Global Communities fosters student interest in and engagement with global cultures and issues. It has been an integral part of the University of Maryland for over a decade.

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

Dorchester Renovation Draft Floor plans

Ground Floor Plan of Dorchester Hall, PDF File
Ground Floor (pdf)  

First Floor Plan of Dorchester Hall, PDF File
First Floor (pdf)  


Second Floor Plan of Dorchester Hall, PDF File
Second Floor (pdf)  

Third Floor Plan of Dorchester Hall, PDF File
Third Floor (pdf)  


E-mails sent to residents regarding Dorchester Hall.