Freshmen Connection Housing

Housing Lottery The Department of Resident Life believes campus residence halls offer the most supportive housing options for freshman students as they transition to the University of Maryland. In December 2013, we sought and received approval to offer a housing option to Freshmen Connection students starting in Fall 2014 and continue to support this program in our residence halls.

Residence Hall housing is guaranteed for all Freshmen Connection students who submit the Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement by May 1. Students missing the May 1 deadline will only be offered housing on a space-available basis.

We are excited about our ability to house students in the Freshmen Connection program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are questions that we know are being asked among students and their families. If you have any further questions pertaining to housing, please do not hesitate to contact the Department of Resident Life at reslife@umd.edu or by calling (301) 314-2100, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

How do I apply for Fall housing?

Spring admitted freshmen must first confirm their enrollment with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Once you have accepted your enrollment, you will need to request Fall housing directly with the Department of Resident Life.

You may begin the process by logging in using your Directory ID and Password. After you login, select the Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement.

You will also be required to enroll in the Freshmen Connection program.

Will I be guaranteed housing for Fall?

Freshmen Connection students who confirm their spring enrollment and submit a Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement by the May 1 deadline will be guaranteed space in residence halls for the full academic year starting in the Fall semester.

When will I know if I will receive on-campus housing for Fall?

When you submit your Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement, you will receive an immediate email response that the form was submitted successfully. Resident Life will provide you with a confirmation of housing email later in the spring if you have submitted by the May 1 deadline.

Is a housing deposit required?

The Department of Resident Life does not require any housing deposit, but does require a $50 non-refundable application fee. This fee is waived for individuals who also have admission application fee waivers.

Do Spring admitted freshmen have to participate in Freshmen Connection?

The Freshmen Connection program is completely optional and is not required in order for you to accept a Spring admission offer.

What if I participate in Freshmen Connection but don’t want on-campus housing for Fall?

Students may participate in Freshmen Connection and choose to live in other locations near campus or commute from home and are under no obligation to live in campus residence halls. You may still apply for Spring housing through the Resident Life Housing Portal, and spring-admitted freshmen have first priority for spaces that become open for the spring semester.

If I live off-campus my first year, can I live in residence halls my second year?

Because Resident Life is able to offer Freshmen Connection students housing for the first year on campus, if you choose to live off-campus for the entire year, you will not have priority for campus housing in any subsequent year. Housing may only be offered on a space-available basis.

Will Freshmen Connection students be placed together in the same building?

We house Freshmen Connection students throughout our residence halls like all other new freshmen coming for the Fall semester. We may place Freshmen Connection students as roommates since the academic schedules for the program make this more compatible. We also allow roommate requests like we do for all students and can place Freshmen Connection students with fall admitted freshmen or returning residents if they request one another. We may have some designated floors in residence halls for Freshmen Connection students as space allows.

When do you notify us about our housing assignment?

All new students who are confirmed for housing will receive the first notification of assignments information between mid to late July. We will continue to update assignments daily until all confirmed students are assigned and prepared for check-in later in August.