Fall 2017 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 that was released in April 2014 outlines our vision for the future and a fifteen year plan to renovate and rejuvenate many existing residence halls and build new facilities that will replace older buildings.

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.

This will have an impact on housing availability in residence halls for most students in their third and fourth years. For Fall 2017 a limited number of juniors and seniors will have the option of living in residence halls and more of these students will be directed to housing in our public-private partnership apartments of South Campus Commons and The Courtyards and to the off-campus housing market. For a list of exceptions, please see page 36 of the On-Campus Student Housing Strategic Plan.

Today, 90% of the nearly 9,500 students in residence halls are first-year and second-year students. This is a trend we expect to see slightly rise in the future. Under our housing system, the following statements reflect the housing situation anticipated for next Fall 2017:

  • Entering first-year and returning second-year students for Fall 2017 (based on first year in any college or university, not only the University of Maryland) have the highest priority for residence hall housing.
  • Returning third-year students for Fall 2017 have the next highest priority for returning to residence hall housing, followed by returning fourth-year students to the halls for Fall 2017.
  • Returning third-year students for Fall 2017 have the highest priority to lease at The Courtyards and South Campus Commons (Resident Life's public-private partnership apartment communities), and to renew those leases for their fourth year in college for Fall 2018 if they already live in those facilities.
  • Returning third-year students (rising juniors) for Fall 2017 who have lived in residence halls will now be subject to the housing lottery to determine if they will be eligible to live in residence halls for their third year.
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 2017 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 2017 will now be subject to a housing lottery to determine their eligibility to secure housing for their third year in residence halls. These students may also apply at The Courtyards and/or South Campus Commons and will have highest priority for this housing and may be able to secure leases when leasing is conducted early next semester. These students are eligible to be pulled in by current South Campus Commons and Courtyard residents.
  • RHA legislation regarding status for lottery-eligible 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 lottery group for 2017-2018. This will have a direct negative impact on their lottery 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 2017.
  • Residence hall students who will start their fourth year in college in Fall 2017 will be placed on a waiting list for housing behind third year students. These students may also apply at The Courtyards and/or South Campus Commons but will not have highest priority for this housing and may not be able to secure leases when leasing is conducted next semester. These students are not eligible to be pulled in by current South Campus Commons and Courtyard residents.
  • Current second and third-year students in residence halls (going into their third or fourth-year in Fall 2017) are most affected by uncertainties about Fall 2017 housing.

For More Information

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

Thank you.


Erin Iverson
Manager
Assignments and Public Inquiry
Department of Resident Life