Who has priority for University Housing?
Highest priority for residence hall housing is given to entering first-time freshman students who meet admission/housing deadlines. Students returning to the residence halls for another academic year have the next highest priority, although there is no guarantee that all interested continuing students can be accommodated past the second year. Other admitted and enrolled students who request residence hall housing, including new transfer students, have the lowest priority for this housing and generally must live at home or in rental housing near the campus for their entire University career.
This year, more students will apply to live in University of Maryland residence halls than can be accommodated. This same thing has happened every year since 1994. Some years, as many as 1,500 students could not be housed at the start of classes and had their names kept on a waiting list for openings that occurred during the fall semester or at the start of the second semester. Every spring semester since 1994, some new applicants also have been wait-listed. No guarantee can be made that residence hall housing will be provided during Spring semester for all new freshman students or for students who initially requested housing for the previous semester.
For more information, view the Fall Housing Outlook section.
How much University housing is available?
There are about 8,900 beds in 37 residence halls and the 625-bed Leonardtown apartment community. Most students live in double rooms and have one roommate. About 13% of all beds are in triple or quad rooms, where students have two or three roommates. Single rooms (no roommate) are assigned solely to returning residence hall students through a seniority system; there is no access to single rooms for new-to-housing students, including for reasons of a medical condition or disability. New-to-housing students may request assignments in traditional "dormitory-style" residence halls (most without air conditioning) or in furnished, carpeted and air-conditioned apartments or suites.
In addition to these 8,900 beds, there are 2,984 more beds in two University-affiliated undergraduate apartment communities: The Courtyards and South Campus Commons. Leasing in these two communities is restricted to students who have been living in the residence halls. Separate application and leasing procedures apply; leasing occurs in February and March for August to August occupancy.