Leasing at The Courtyards and
South Campus Commons
Questions about Eligibility and Priority
Who gets to live at South Campus Commons and the Courtyards?

By agreement with the University, both apartment communities give priority for leasing spaces to current (Spring 2017) residence hall students in accordance with Resident Life’s Housing Commitments policy. Once again, students in the 3rd Housing Commitment group (i.e: on campus rising juniors) will have highest priority for spaces in SCC and CTY.

To meet the minimum eligibility/priority requirements for leasing, students must:

  • be a current student with good academic, judicial, registration and financial standing for the Spring 2017 semester;
  • be a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park for the 2017-2018 academic years;
  • meet application deadlines for South Campus Commons, the Courtyards, and, if applicable, Hinman CEOs and the Beyond the Classroom Living/Learning programs

How do I determine which priority group I am in for South Campus Commons and Courtyards Leasing?

The first question to determine your priority for leasing is whether you live in an on campus Residence Hall for Spring 2017? Students living off campus (including fraternity and sorority houses) are all in the 5th priority group for SCC/CTY Leasing.

If you live in an on campus residence hall for Spring 2017 (or are on a study abroad or co-op program for spring, 2017, but lived in an on campus residence hall in Fall 2016), then you can determine your priority group by counting the number of semesters of undergraduate study you have completed as of and including Spring 2017.

You should only count Fall and Spring semesters (not summer or winter terms), and AP and IB credits do NOT factor into your semester calculation. If you are a transfer student, you should include the semesters of undergraduate study at your previous institutions. You can use the chart below to determine your priority group for SCC/CTY leasing using your number of semesters.

The chart below outlines the order of priority for leasing in South Campus Commons and the Courtyards.

This priority order is based on the Department of Resident Life’s Housing Commitment Policy.


Order of Priority for SCC/CTY Leasing appointments Group Description Number of Semesters of Undergraduate Study # of Semesters of Undergraduate Study (including the Spring 2016 semester) Eligible to be pulled in to spaces by current SCC/CTY Residents?
1st Priority On-Campus residents - "Rising Juniors"* 3-4 Yes
2nd On-Campus residents - "Rising Seniors"* 5-6 No
3rd On-Campus residents - "Rising Sophomores"* 1-2 No
4th On-Campus residents - "Rising 5th year Senior"* 7 + No
5th Off-Campus Students Any Number No

*As defined by the Department of Resident Life’s Housing Commitments Policy based upon number of semesters enrolled at any college or university. Visit the Housing Commitments Policy page for additional information. If you have questions, please email pppleasing@umd.edu.

What will be the impact of Resident Life's Housing Commitments policy for Fall 2016 on my ability to sign a lease?

Resident students in the 3rd Commitment Group (on campus rising juniors) will have the highest priority for leasing spaces in South Campus Commons and the Courtyards, followed by resident students in the 4th Commitment Group (on campus rising seniors), then the 2nd Commitment Group (on campus rising sophomores), and lastly the 5th commitment group (rising 5th year seniors) and off campus students.

This priority order is based on the Department of Resident Life’s Housing Commitment Policy.


Order of Priority for SCC/CTY Leasing appointments Group Description Number of Semesters of Undergraduate Study # of Semesters of Undergraduate Study (including the Spring 2016 semester) Eligible to be pulled in to spaces by current SCC/CTY Residents?
1st Priority On-Campus residents - "Rising Juniors"* 3-4 Yes
2nd On-Campus residents - "Rising Seniors"* 5-6 No
3rd On-Campus residents - "Rising Sophomores"* 1-2 No
4th On-Campus residents - "Rising 5th year Senior"* 7 + No
5th Off-Campus Students Any Number No

*As defined by the Department of Resident Life’s Housing Commitments Policy based upon number of semesters enrolled at any college or university. Visit the Housing Commitments Policy page for additional information. If you have questions, please email pppleasing@umd.edu.


There can be no guarantee that all rising third-year students who submit applications by the February 10th deadline will be able to secure leases for the 2017-2018 lease year.

I am a transfer student living in the Residence Halls. How can I determine what priority group I am in?

Priority groups for leasing are based upon the number of semesters of undergraduate study a student has completed, at UMD or at any previous institutions. It is not based on the number of credit hours completed or the number of credit hours that were successfully transferred from your previous institution. So to determine your total number of semesters, you should add together the number of semesters you have been at UMD and the number of semesters you spent at your previous institution (see the chart in the “Eligibility and Priority” Section).
For example, if you spent Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 at another University, then transferred to UMD for Fall 2016, your total number of semesters of Undergraduate study as of Spring 2017 would be 4—2 at your previous institution and 2 at UMD, making you a “Rising Junior”

If I am taking part in a Study Abroad or Co-Op program, am I considered an on campus or off campus student?

Students who are participating in an approved Study Abroad of Co-Op program as part of their academic program of study will be considered “on campus” students for the purposes of leasing in Commons or Courtyards if they lived in an on campus residence hall in the semester prior to going abroad or starting their co-op.

For example, if you lived on campus in Fall 2016 and are studying abroad this Spring 2017, you will be considered an on campus student. If you commuted from home in the Fall, and are studying abroad this spring, you would be considered an off campus student.

I am living in my Fraternity or Sorority House for the Spring 2017 semester. Am I considered an on or off campus student?

All fraternity and sorority house residents are considered off campus students for SCC and CTY leasing. Students in Fraternity and Sorority houses do not have Housing Contracts with the Department of Resident Life and those houses are not overseen by the Department of Resident Life, thus residents of those houses are deemed as off campus students.

I currently live off campus. Can I lease at South Campus Commons or the Courtyards?

Yes. Off campus residents interested in living in South Campus Commons and the Courtyards are encouraged to fill out a leasing application. Although students who currently live in the residence halls have the highest priority, Off-Campus students, including students living in fraternity or sorority chapter houses, are eligible to complete the leasing application and, space permitting, will be assigned an appointment time for one of our Open Leasing nights at the end of March. All of campus student leasing appointments will take place after all on campus applicants have completed their leasing appointments. No guarantee can be made that submitting an application will ever result in an opportunity to lease at either the Courtyards or South Campus Commons.

If I re-lease a space in South Campus Commons or Courtyards for Spring/Summer 2016, am I eligible to return for the 2017-2018 year?

Yes, if you meet the renewal eligibility requirements. Students who re-lease a space in SCC or CTY for Spring/Summer 2017 who are in good standing with the University and Capstone Management will be eligible to return for 2017-2018. Spring re-lessors have the ability to return to their same apartment (unless in a designated special program space), have the ability to transfer to another unit within their community, and/or pull-in eligible students (other current SCC/CTY residents or on campus rising juniors) for the 2017-2018 academic year.