Housing Fees
Residence Hall Fees for 2021-2022

Residence Hall Fees The Department of Resident Life
maintains a differentiated rate structure for the 2021-2022 academic year. This rate structure reflects fees based on the hall and room amenities offered and the number of room occupants.

Initially proposed in 2014,
the differentiated rate structure
was unanimously approved by the Residence Hall Association (RHA) Senate on December 9, 2014.

The fees listed are for the entire academic year and received the RHA Senate's support on February 16, 2021. Approval was obtained by the Committee for the Review of Student Fees on February 19, 2021. The University System of Maryland Board of Regents provides the final approval on fees during their late spring meeting. Final approval for fees is required by the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland in meetings scheduled for late spring.

Housing fees include a furnished room with a telephone line offering unlimited local and campus calling, smoke alarm and sprinkler, 10Mbps data line per person, 100% wireless Internet coverage, and a cable television jack per student.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions is provided below, and additional questions or concerns may be directed to us by email at reslife@umd.edu or by contacting us at (301) 314-2100 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Housing Fees for 2021-2022
Room Type Traditional without AC Traditional with AC New Traditional Semi-Suite Suite Apartment
With Bath
$10,466 $10,830 $10,950 $11,515
CCW Converted
Single $9,007 $9,269 $9,632 $9,753 $10,318
With Bath
$9,269 $9,632 $8,678 $9,753 $10,318
Double $7,810 $8,072 $8,435 $8,556 $9,121
Double Requires Bunked Beds $6,834 $7,064 $7,487 $7,982
Triple or Quad with Bath $8,226 $8,463
Triple or Quad $6,842 $7,265 $7,701 $8,210

**These rooms are converted bunk-bed doubles in Carroll, Caroline and Wicomico Halls

Building Locations and Room Styles

  • Traditional
    without AC
  • Traditional
    with AC
  • New
    Traditional *
  • Semi-Suite *

  • Suite *

  • Apartment *

Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differentiated rates?

The Departments of Resident Life and Residential Facilities are self-support departments. Housing fees are charged based on what the departments need annually to cover the expenses of operating the residence halls. A differentiated rate structure charges students more for rooms that are more expensive to build, more expensive to maintain, and that include more amenities. In a differentiated rates structure students who receive amenities such as singles, in-room bathrooms, air-conditioning and new construction pay a higher rate and students with fewer amenities pay less than what the average would have been had fees been distributed equally. Differentiated rates also lowers the price for the standard bedroom, lowering costs for the majority of students overall.

Why has Resident Life decided to consider implementing differentiated rates in the past few years?

Two reasons primarily. The quality of the residence hall inventory was fairly even in terms of amenities and age for many years. With recent renovations and new construction, disparities in amenities have become far more apparent to students and their families. Second, the On-Campus Student Housing Strategic Plan (OCSHSP) released in April 2014 creates a vision of campus housing transformed and calls for renovation of existing halls, construction of new facilities, and the demolition of old buildings. In order to accomplish these goals, the campus will need to make a significant investment of funds. Differential rates allow costs to be distributed equitably and make the cost of housing more affordable for many students.

What is the goal for differentiated rates and what advantages does it offer students?

The primary goal in creating a differentiated rate structure is to assure that housing rates are as fair and equitable as possible for students. This ensures that students who live in housing with fewer amenities are not subsidizing students who live in housing with greater amenities (current examples include students living in Caroline Hall paying the same rate as students living in Prince Frederick Hall, students living in singles paying the same rate as students living in doubles, students living in un-air conditioned rooms paying the same as students living in rooms with air-conditioning). A more differentiated rate structure creates the lowest price point possible for students with the tightest budgets, meaning that lower housing rates make their education more accessible. Because the goal is to provide a lower-cost option for students who need or want it, flexibility for students choosing rooms that meet their financial needs is part of the system.

Have students been involved in the decision to implement differentiated rates?

Residence Hall Association (RHA) student leaders have been engaged in this conversation since the inception. The RHA president served on the OCSHSP Advisory Committee and the RHA Executive Board, as well as the RHA Resident Life Advisory Team were immersed in the conversations and details of considering a differentiated rates structure. The RHA Senate unanimously passed a resolution supporting this initiative in December 2014. We have worked closely with RHA again this year on differentiated rates and will continue to do so to ensure student voices are central to the continued implementation and review of a differentiated rate structure.

Will students be paying more for on-campus housing?

The Departments of Resident Life and Residential Facilities propose necessary rate increases to cover residence hall operational expenses, state-mandated increases, renovations and construction annually. Historically, housing revenues and expenses have increased at an average annual rate of approximately 3%. Under the differentiated rate structure, 65% of students pay a lower rate than they would if we maintained the flat rate structure. These two rate structures are revenue-neutral, meaning they generate the same total revenues for the residence halls housing program. Resident Life, Residential Facilities nor the University profit from differentiated rates – it merely spreads the same total revenue possibility across a wider variety of room types and styles lowering the cost of our most predominant room type.

If we maintained a flat rate structure, how would that affect student housing costs?

In a flat rate structure, 72% of residents pay the “base” housing rate regardless of the type of housing they live in, the amenities associated with their assignment, the age of the facility, or the size of their room. Seventeen percent pay discounted rates for residing in triples and quads, and 11% pay above the base rate for apartment style living. This fact results in anomalies such as a student in a Hagerstown Hall double room paying the same rate as a student in an Oakland Hall single room.

How does the differentiated rate structure affect student housing costs?

Under a more differentiated rate structure, many more students pay below the base rate for housing and students at the base rate (a traditional hall double with air-conditioning) pay a lower rate than they would without differentiated rates. To accomplish this, students who live in the most desirable housing (apartments, suites, new buildings, single rooms, rooms with in-room bathrooms) must pay a premium for those amenities. A more differentiated rate structure creates the lowest price point possible for students and provides more options for those facing financial constraints making their education more accessible.

Will student financial aid packages be factored into assignments for those students participating in living-learning programs assigned to specific residence halls?

The rate for a standard double room with air conditioning will serve as the standard rate used for financial aid packages. The Office of Student Financial Aid has indicated their willingness to be flexible in reviewing the financial aid packages for students who are assigned to a higher-priced housing assignment that exceeds the standard rate as part of their enrollment in a living-learning program. This affects the two programs in Prince Frederick Hall – ACES and DCC the most.

Will students be forced into a housing assignment they cannot afford?

Our Room Selection process offers returning students a great deal of flexibility in the selection of their housing assignments. Returning students who are eligible to participate in Room Selection will continue to have the ability to preference a number of different housing options requests related to both cost and type of housing. Additionally, we offer several reassignment options over the summer, during the semester and between semesters for students who may be looking for a particular room type. Additionally, any new-to-housing student who desires a specific type of assignment based on financial considerations will have an opportunity to communicate that information to staff in our Assignments Office. As we have always done, we will work with any student to help them secure an acceptable housing assignment.

Will some residence hall communities or buildings become communities only some students can afford?

In every residence hall community, our housing options include singles, doubles, and triple/quad rooms from which students can choose to live. These options are available in traditional halls as well as residence hall suites and apartments. This distribution will enable students who may have different financial means to live together in the same residence hall community. In addition, financial aid awards will identify a double in an air-conditioned facility as the standard for financial aid housing support. These conditions will help make these housing options available to students equitably. Resident Life will closely monitor the impact differentiated rates have on the nature of the residence hall communities and will make adjustments if necessary.

Have there been any comparisons with Big Ten institutions?

All Big Ten institutions use a differentiated rate structure for their residence halls, as well as many other peer institutions in Maryland and throughout the nation. While the method of applying rates differs a little from institution to institution, all of the Big Ten universities have embraced differentiated pricing.

Dining Fees

Information about Resident Dining Plans and Fees may be found on the Department of Dining Services website.

Terp Payment Plan

Learn more about the Terp Payment Plan, a way you can spread your payments for tuition, room, dining plans, etc. over several monthly payments. No interest accrues but there is an enrollment fee. Please contact the Office of the Bursar for more information.