FAQs about Campus Housing

FAQs about Campus Housing

We are excited to welcome you to the Terrapin family and are thrilled you have selected to live in the residence halls! From your first day on campus, you will be in the middle of everything you need to have the best college experience – a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Campus living provides complete access to all the University has to offer and positions you to be fully immersed in the Maryland community.

You may have some questions about your new home away from home, so we have provided some insight into the most frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact us if you need additional information.



Yes. The University System of Maryland announced on April 23, 2021, that all eligible students, faculty, and staff on Maryland campuses must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the fall 2021 semester.

Students, faculty, and staff should get vaccinated as soon as possible and are required to complete their vaccination(s) by no later than August 2, 2021. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Information site.


Students may update their housing preferences via their Resident Life Profile by logging into your Housing portal.

Most residence hall rooms will be single and double occupancy for the fall semester, with some small number of triple and quads available as requested or available.

Preferences must be updated to your Profile by June 16 to be considered in their housing assignment.


Students may request a roommate via the Housing Portal from May 19 to June 16. We will do our best to honor as many requests as possible.

It is important to note that many factors are considered including Living and Learning Program placements and occupancy availability. Roommate requests are not guaranteed.


Incoming fall residents may login to the Housing Portal to search and find potential roommate matches. View our tutorial videos to learn more.


The first, large-scale release of residence halls assignments for fall 2021 will be on July 14.


Traditional move-in dates will occur between August 26-29. Your specific date and time to move in will be based on your final housing assignment. Once assignments are released, students will be informed of their designated check-in day and time.

Resident Life is also offering Set Up and Go appointments the week prior to traditional move-in. Set-Up & Go appointments provides residents an opportunity to schedule an appointment to move into your residence hall room in advance of the official move-in days, allowing for distancing and reducing traffic congestion. After setting up the room, students depart campus until their official arrival day during the main move-in.

The traditional move-in days occur the following week. Residents move-in to their new home away from home and start their Maryland Residential Experience!


First year student assignments are made in the date-order that housing agreements are received, and based on available vacancies. Assignments for new freshmen are located in all of our communities. Freshman assignments are likely to be in double, triple, or quad rooms.

Students participating in Living-Learning programs will be assigned to their program areas.

While we strive to meet preferences or requests that are made, we may not be able to meet all of them due to space limitations.


View our suggested "Items to Bring" list so you can start planning your move to campus.


Students should count on a 4-drawer dresser, 24 inches of closet space, and space underneath their bed to store their belongings. Beds are standard twin size, leaving approximately 10 inches between the floor and the bottom of the bed.

There is no additional storage space in the building, so students should plan to bring what they need, not everything they own.


If you no longer need on-campus housing, please email reslife@umd.edu. requesting that your housing agreement be cancelled.

The request should be received no later than July 1 to avoid any late cancellation fees. Please include your full name and University ID number in the correspondence.