January 2020 Housing Outlook
Letter to Students and Parents

Dear Students and Family Members,

The Department of Resident Life is committed to providing on-campus housing to the greatest number of students possible. The On-Campus Student Housing Strategic Plan released in April 2014, outlines our vision for the future and a fifteen year plan to build new housing and renovate and modernize existing residence halls.

Central to this plan is the goal to establish firm foundations for students during their first two years at the University of Maryland. We believe that on-campus housing provides the support, academic environment and location necessary for students to be successful at the University of Maryland. As we continue to implement our plan, freshmen and sophomore students, including first-time freshmen, Freshmen Connection students, and students returning to residence halls for their sophomore year, along with transfer students who enroll at UMD as freshmen or sophomores have the highest priority for on campus housing. Our Housing Commitment Policy outlines our housing allocation.

We anticipate an impact on housing availability in residence halls for students in their third and fourth years. For Fall 2020, juniors and seniors that are not in exempted groups are unlikely to have options of living in residence halls but could secure housing in our public-private partnership apartments of South Campus Commons and The Courtyards. For a list of exemptions, please see page 36 of the On-Campus Student Housing Strategic Plan.

Today, 92% of the nearly 9,100 students in residence halls are first-year and second-year students. Under our housing commitments, the following statements reflect the anticipated Fall 2020 housing situation:

Residence Halls
  • Entering first-year and returning second-year students (based on first year in any college or university who have met the housing agreement submission deadline for Fall 2020, have the highest priority for residence hall housing.
  • Returning third-year students, who have met the housing agreement submission deadline for Fall 2020, have the next highest priority for returning to residence hall housing, followed by returning fourth-year students to the halls.
Public-Private Partnership Apartments
  • Returning third-year students for Fall 2020, who lived in the residence halls in the spring semester of their second year and have met the leasing deadlines, have the highest priority to lease at The Courtyards and South Campus Commons (Resident Life's public-private partnership apartment communities), and current residents of South campus Commons and The Courtyards that have met the leasing deadlines have the ability to renew those leases for their fourth year in college.
Outlook for Next Fall

Looking ahead to next fall, we recommend that you begin considering next year's housing plans with the following information in mind:

  • Residence hall students who will start their second year in college in Fall 2020 will be guaranteed a return to residence hall housing, subject only to their continued student eligibility and meeting housing deadlines.
  • Residence hall students who will start their third year in college in Fall 2020 are unlikely to be eligible to return to on-campus housing. We still encourage applying by the March 27 4pm deadline should space be available. These students may also apply at The Courtyards and/or South Campus Commons and will have highest priority for these public-private partnerships. Students may be able to secure leases during the open leasing period early next semester. These students are also eligible to be pulled in by current South Campus Commons and Courtyard residents.
  • RHA legislation regarding status for students with rule violation(s) that result in multiple administrative housing probations will continue to be implemented. Such students will be placed at the end of the commitment group for 2020-2021. This will have a direct negative impact on their selection positions.
  • Roughly half of the nearly 3,000 spaces in The Courtyards and South Campus Commons could become available for leasing to residence hall students who will start their third year in college in Fall 2020.
  • Residence hall students who will start their fourth year in college in Fall 2020 will unlikely be eligible to return to residence halls. We still encourage applying by the March 27 4pm deadline. These students may also apply at The Courtyards and/or South Campus Commons and may be able to secure leases after third-year students during the open leasing period early next semester.

If you have any questions, please contact us at reslife@umd.edu or (301) 314-2100.

Thank you.


Scott D. Young
Associate Director
Administrative & Business Services
Department of Resident Life