Housing Availability
Extended Housing Capacity in Triples and Quads

Of the more than 4,900 student rooms on campus, there are 443 triple and quad rooms on campus. Of the total of 9,244 housing spaces (beds) in 36 residence halls, 1,377 spaces (15% of total) are in triples and quads.

Most of the rooms in the residence halls (70%) are doubles to be shared by two students. About 15% of the rooms are singles, taken by upper-division students through a seniority system. Our newest housing type, the semi-suites located in Oakland Hall and Prince Frederick Hall, makes up about 9% of the room inventory.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who's assigned to these rooms? Why were these students chosen?

Mostly freshmen. About one in every three freshman students (plus those returning residents who chose these rooms) will be living in triples and quads. These are the last rooms we assign, so the freshmen in these rooms are among the last new students confirmed by the University to receive on-campus housing (i.e., housing requested after early to mid-April).

How big are these rooms? Are they big enough for the number of students you're putting in each room?

Triples are (a) rooms that were structurally designed to accommodate three students or (b) larger doubles that have been converted. Quads are (a) rooms large enough for four persons or (b) structurally designed adjoining double rooms (which are connected by a door on the interior wall that the two rooms share, with one entrance from the hallway into one of the doubles; no interior bath). The rooms range in size from 170-299 square feet. Most double rooms are about 160 square feet.


Typical Layout of a Triple Typical Layout of a Quad

Typical Layout of a Triple Room

Typical Layout of a Quad Room
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How were these rooms chosen? You are using the biggest rooms, aren't you?

Most triples and quads were identified in Fall 1997 and have been in continuous use since Fall 1998. More than 1,300 of the largest rooms on campus were considered for conversions, after consultations with the University Fire Marshal.

Rooms are in most but not all traditional residence halls; with some exceptions, bedrooms in suites and apartments were not selected for tripling because of the locations of windows, closets, furnishings, etc., as indicated above.

What furniture is in the rooms? Will I have my own computer line?

In each triple and quad, we provide a regular twin bed and mattress, dresser, desk and desk chair for each resident. Each resident also has Internet access via hard-wired data line and wireless connection. In all rooms, beds will be bunked. In triples, in addition to two bunked beds, the third bed is an elevated metal frame with mattress (with space beneath it for that student's dresser and desk). In quads, there are two sets of bunked beds. Each triple and quad also has at least one window with blinds, overhead light, closet space, telephone line (shared with roommates), smoke alarm and sprinkler.

Rooms are not carpeted, except in Anne Arundel Hall and in the few triples in suites and apartments. In a few rooms with the smallest closets, a wardrobe has been installed to increase the amount of hanging space. We will be prepared to remove a desk or dresser if all residents of a triple or quad room are in agreement.

Students can make these requests after move-in day to the Manager for Assignments and Public Inquiry, (301) 314-2100 or reslife@umd.edu

Won't it be cramped in the room with all that furniture?

It figures to be tight, although the rooms were evaluated before their conversion to triples or quads as to how well furnishings would fit in the available space. Storage space is limited to the closet or closets and under the beds. There are not storage rooms elsewhere on the floor or in the building. Here are some creative, yet safe ways of arranging furnishings in order to save space and maximize the amount of open floor space:


  • Bring shelving units to stand on the floor or in the upper part of your closet
  • Bunk any unbunked bed or elevate it on hard plastic bed risers (no cinder blocks)
  • Make an 'L' formation with two beds, or dressers or desks
  • Use your refrigerator as a nightstand
  • Make use of all flat surfaces (tops of desks, dressers, refrigerators, etc.)
  • Bring storage drawers or boxes that fit under your bed (10" clearance if not elevated)
  • Move dresser or shelves into your closet
  • Hang a shoe organizer inside your closet

Each student should restrict the items he/she brings to campus, particularly by leaving least essential items (e.g., winter clothing) at home. A practical rule of thumb would be to restrict your possessions to what fits in/on your desk, dresser and one-third of a small closet. Hanging space for clothing will be particularly limited. Roommates are strongly encouraged to speak with one another prior to move-in day and to ensure that unnecessary duplications (e.g., analog telephone with plug, TV, stereo, fan, refrigerator, curtains) are avoided. Families who travel to campus for move-in day should plan to take back home with them items such as empty trunks and suitcases.

Are there any restrictions on setting up my triple (or quad?)

Yes, furniture should remain on the floor. Elevating furniture on bricks or blocks, other furniture or other structures could lead to problems with stability and personal safety or damage to personal or University property.

Also for safety reasons, please:

  • Do not place beds on tops of dressers, desks, multiple layers of cinder blocks, any slippery surface or any type of structural support not provided by the University
  • Do not bring or construct lofts, partitions, or any other structure
  • Do not purchase or rent bed lofts, except from the University's approved vendor (currently Bedloft.com)
  • Do not bring cinder blocks
  • Do not use extension cords [instead of extension cords, bring UL/CSA approved power strips equipped with Integrated Circuit Breaker (over-current shut off protector)]
  • Do not block windows or heating convectors

I don't have to pay the same price for housing as everybody else, do I?

Each student living in a triple or quad pays less than those students living in single and double rooms for the full period that the room is assigned as a triple or quad. The full list of housing fees can be found on the Housing Fees section of our website.

The correct housing fee should be posted to students' accounts when housing charges are posted in July. A student who has overpaid the University is entitled to a refund; requests can be made through the Office of the Registrar website or by visiting room 1135 in the Lee Building.

I'm worried my grades might suffer because I've got these extra roommates. Does that happen to students in triples?

Not in our experience at the University of Maryland and not according to a number of national research studies done over the years. Per a review of six studies by John Foubert, the research has concluded that academic performance does not suffer when students are in tripled rooms and that grade point averages are no different for these students than for others in residence halls.

Studies also show that being tripled does not affect students' adjustment to college life and that tripled students are as likely as others to participate in student organizations and to report satisfaction with their academic and social experiences. Students do report that privacy and personal space are impacted and they may spend less time in their rooms studying than other students, but that academic performance overall is consistent with other residence hall students, regardless of living environment.

How long do I have to stay in the triple (or quad)?

Because we do not anticipate having many vacancies during fall semester, nearly all triple and quad assignments will last at least through final exams in December.

Any student in the residence halls can request a room change for the start of Spring semester; these procedures will be published in November. There will not be enough openings in other rooms for spring semester to reassign all students in triples and quads, so some students will have to keep these assignments for the entire year. Rooms for the next school year are chosen next April; it will be possible at that time for all interested and eligible returning residents in triples and quads to choose other rooms.

Why isn't more housing being built at the University?

The University has built more housing. Part of this occurred in partnership with two private developers. Between 2000 and 2010, the University and the Department of Resident Life added nearly 3,000 beds in The Courtyards and South Campus Commons which are fully furnished apartments with full kitchens, private bedrooms, choice of private bathrooms, and washer/dryer in each unit.

Additionally, another 1,150 beds have been added to our residence hall inventory since 2011, with the addition of our newest buildings, Oakland Hall in 2011 and Prince Frederick Hall in 2014.

Since 2005, more than 5,500 additional beds in student apartment communities (University View I & II, The Varsity, The Enclave, Mazza Grandmarc, University Club, The Domain and The Landmark) have been added within walking distance of campus. These locations offer "by the bedroom," 12-month leases with start dates in August each year. Additional development is currently under way which will increase inventory to off-campus housing by another 500 to 1,000 beds by fall 2016.

The On-Campus Student Housing Strategic Plan, released in April 2014, outlines the Division of Student Affairs and the Departments of Resident Life and Residential Facilities plan to renovate existing halls, schedule demolition of our oldest facilities, and build new student housing over the course of the next fifteen years. Cambridge Hall, which closed at the end of the Spring 2015 semester, is our first building to undergo renovation as part of the plan and will be closed for the 2015-2016 academic year. A substantial component of this plan is offering housing options in residence halls to as many students as possible who are in their first two years of college. These two critical years set up the firm foundations needed for student success here at the University of Maryland. As the off-campus housing market continues to expand and offers a variety of options for our upper-class students, our housing focus and emphasis will be on first and second year students. You can find out more about our On-Campus Student Housing Strategic Plan.