Resident Life is excited to launch Room Selection 2021 for residence hall living for the 2021-2022 academic year.
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Room Selection 2021 gives current eligible students the ability to select their housing assignment for next year in live time. There are many housing options to choose from, including traditional style, semi-suites, suites, and apartment living to continue your Maryland Residential Experience.
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The Department of Resident Life’s Room Selection 2021 process allows current on-campus residents to apply for housing for the next academic year and, if eligible, participate in Room Selection 2021.
Students may shop and select to try to stay in their current room assignment or find a new location by themself or with a group of friends. A brief overview of the process is outlined below.
The application process begins March 1 at 9:00 a.m. and ends on March 26 at 4:00 p.m. Students may apply at any time during this period but must meet the March 26, 4:00 p.m. deadline to be eligible for on-campus housing. Failure to meet this deadline will result in losing status as a returning resident and forfeiture of the ability to participate in Room Selection 2021 in any way.
On March 31, students will be notified of their eligibility to participate in Room Selection 2021 and their Selection Appointment time for the first phase of selection. Every eligible student will receive a Selection Appointment time which serves as the entry to room selection to view available housing options. The selection appointment remains active until a student selects a residence hall assignment for 2021-2022.
We encourage students and their friends to think about their plans and the location they would be interested in living in for 2021-2022. Determine if you are considering a group of 2, 4 or more for suite and apartment style options. Consider having multiple options as you may have to adjust based on eligibility of potential roommates and availability of spaces once the process gets underway.
Beginning March 31, students will be able to start to form groups and to find other students who may be compatible as potential roommates.
Students will have the opportunity to shop for available spaces in live time.
Students can only select spaces that they can completely fill, and will be given the ability to place a temporary “hold” on a location before completing their selection. If no options are available, the student can still participate in the next portion of Room Selection. There are two times when students will be able to “Shop and Select” during Room Selection.
Students in living learning programs who are eligible to return to their program floor, building or community can participate in this phase. Students in living learning programs who chose not to participate in this phase, will not be able to return to their program floor, building, or community during Room Selection 2021. You must then shop and select during one of the two next appointment processes.
Students will receive appointment times during these two windows for selecting an apartment, suite, semi-suite, or traditional hall space. Based on Selection Appointment, a student or a group of students can view and select spaces in apartment, suite, semi-suite or traditional housing. Students can only select spaces that they can completely fill. A temporary “hold” may be placed on a location before completing the selection.
Details and Dates
Monday, April 5 at 9:00 a.m.
Appointment times are announced to all students who still are eligible to participate in Apartment, Suite, Semi-Suite and Traditional Hall Shop and Select.
Tuesday, April 6 starting at 9:00 a.m.
Appointment times for students in the 4th and 3rd commitment groups and all spaces selected must be filled (single rooms by single students, double rooms by groups of two, semi-suites by groups of four and suites and apartments by groups up to the full capacity of the suite or apartment).
Wednesday, April 7 at 9:00 a.m.
All remaining spaces for 4th and 3rd commitment groups are open with no fill requirements (all spaces are available to any individual or group).
Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m.
Appointment times for 2nd commitment group and all spaces selected must be filled (single rooms by single students, double rooms by groups of two, semi-suites by groups of four and suites and apartments by groups up to the full capacity of the suite or apartment).
Tuesday, April 13 at 9:00 a.m. to Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m.
All remaining spaces for 2nd commitment group are open with no fill requirements (all spaces are available to any individual or group).
Room Selection 2021 ends Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Room Selection 2021 is the process by which current campus residence hall students and those off-campus students who have retained commitment group status select rooms (if eligible) for the next academic year.
Students MUST submit the On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement for 2021-2022 at any time between 9:00 a.m. Monday, March 1 and 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 26.
Our Housing Commitments policy is the guide we use to allocate spaces in our residence halls. For Fall 2021, we anticipate most (but perhaps not all) of students going into the 2nd Commitment Group will be offered housing. For students in the 3rd and 4th Commitment Group, only those students in Exempted Groups will likely be able to secure housing in residence halls for Fall 2021. More detailed information is available on our Housing Outlook for Fall 2021.
As students submit their On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreements for 2021-2022, they will all be listed as "pending eligible" for a time being. After the 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 26 deadline has passed, we will look at all the students who submitted agreements, their commitment group standing, and any exempted groups to which they may belong. We must factor in enough space to accommodate the anticipated new students in our first commitment group, and this helps us determine the number of current residents who can be permitted into Room Selection 2021. It really is an exercise in determining how many new students we are required to house, and how many remaining spaces we would have for current students.
All students who complete the On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement by 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 26 will learn of their eligibility to participate in Room Selection 2021 by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 31 on the Housing Portal.
The form is available on the Housing Portal beginning 9:00 a.m. Monday, March 1 and must be completed by 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 26. The date you complete the form has no bearing on your Room Selection 2021 eligibility or position to select if you are invited. Just make sure you complete the form!
If you are eligible to participate in Room Selection 2021 you will be given an appointment time to participate in a Shop and Select process. Students in living-learning programs who are interested in returning to live in those program areas will Shop and Select on April 1-2. All other students (including living-learning program students who decide not to return to their program’s areas) will be given appointment times for April 6-9 and April 13-15.
Eligible students can form groups from two to six students and search for spaces available in our residence hall apartments, suites, semi-suites and traditional halls. Students must be able to fill an entire space, so for example, a six-person suite in South Hill would only be available for a group composed of six students. Students can also look for spaces for themselves only, but this activity will be limited to certain buildings so not all locations will be available to individual student shoppers. Also, students can put spaces on “HOLD” for a few minutes to determine if this is the space they want before actually selecting the assignment. Students can only place a “HOLD” on one location at a time. After the “HOLD” has timed out, the space will become available to other students with appointments.
Most students will know in advance people that they want to live with for next year. For those who do not, you can search for potential roommates via the Housing Portal in advance of your selection appointment time. Details will be provided on this website.
It really depends on a few factors. First, all residents in a group must be eligible to participate in Room Selection 2021. So, you cannot name a student in your group who has not been approved to participate in Room Selection 2021. Also, if you are selecting spaces as part of a living-learning program, your group members must also be eligible to live in that program area. Finally, you may even select a new student coming to Maryland for Fall 2021 as long as they have completed their On-Campus Housing and Dining Services Agreement for 2021-2022 and have been confirmed for housing by the time Room Selection 2021 takes place.
Students who are eligible to return to a living-learning program will have the ability to Shop and Select within their specific program area only during the Living-Learning Shop and Select process on April 1-2. So, for example, a student in the Civicus program can shop and select from available spaces in Somerset Hall during those dates. A student in the ACES program would be able to select from defined spaces within Prince Frederick Hall.
One important note: if a student chooses not to select a space in their living-learning program during the April 1-2 Shop and Select process, they will NOT be able to select a space back in those locations during the April 6-9 and April 13-15 Shop and Select. They may have access back to these programs on a space-available basis after Room Selection 2021 is completed.
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and the impact our “singles only” assignments have had on our residence halls for the current year, we eliminated the automatic right for students to claim “squatters rights” on their current assignment. As we return to higher levels of occupancy, we believe all students should have access to available spaces in our halls.
Last year, when we permitted students this option, out of the 5,000 students who participated in Room Selection 2020, only 125 students (2.5%) were still in the same assignment. This does not mean that a student cannot select their current assignment again, it simply means that we removed the process where students can automatically return to their rooms. In certain instances of assignment considerations for medical, physical or psychological accommodations, our Assignments Office will work with those individuals prior to Room Selection 2021.
We think students should think about who they want to live with and where they are interested, then explore information about those locations if you are not familiar with them. There is useful information about our halls and you can explore general details about each residence hall. Virtual tours of some of the locations are also available.
Finally, you need to have multiple options available to you. Think of your “Plan B” if you can’t find an apartment or suite with your group. You may need to consider splitting into smaller groups to access other locations. Be prepared and feel free to communicate with our staff with questions or problems.
Not until you actually select and commit to a room assignment. By completing the On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement, you are only expressing your interest in residence hall housing for the 2021-2022 academic year. You may even form a group and look to see what options are available. However, once you select a space and agree to this assignment, you are bound by the Terms and Conditions of the On-Campus Housing and Dining Services Agreement for 2021-2022.
Once you have selected an assignment and confirmed your selection, your process is done. You will have the ability to move around students within your group if you select spaces in an apartment, suite or semi-suite after your selection. Once you select and confirm, you can no longer continue to Shop and Select and your participation in Room Selection 2021 is complete.
If you would like to speak with Resident Life staff about your situation or have any questions, we will be happy to assist you. Please email us at email@example.com or call (301) 314-2100 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Students will no longer be able to automatically select to return to their same assignment location (sometimes referred to as “squatter’s rights”). All students will need to shop for a space. So, you can still attempt to return to your current assignment if it is available or select to shop for an assignment in a new location.
This year we will conduct a preliminary shop and select program for students in living-learning programs (LLP). These selections will only be for students in those programs and only for selections to those specific program locations. If a program resident doesn’t select a space in the program during the designated LLP selection period, those locations will be closed for them for the regular shop and select appointments.
This year all spaces in apartments, suites, semi-suites, and traditional halls will be available at the same time during our general shop and select appointment days on April 6-9 and April 13-15. This eliminates the two separate processes for room types that took place at Room Selection 2020.
Eligible means you are able to participate in Room Selection 2021 and have the option to shop and select, lead a group or be part of a group, or be a pull-in to residence halls for the 2021-2022 academic year.
A student who is “Exempted” belongs to one of the Housing Commitment Groups that has been approved to participate in Room Selection 2021 based on certain housing conditions.
Housing Commitment Group
Residence hall housing is allocated based on the Housing Commitments Policy established in collaboration with the Residence Hall Association in 2000.
All students who submit an On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement for 2021-2022 are initially considerd “Pending Eligible”. Their eligibility is dependent on space-availability for housing in residence halls for the 2021-2022 academic year and will be made available on Wednesday, March 31.
All eligible students within a housing commitment group are randomized and provided with a Selection Appointment based on this priority position.
StarRez is the housing management system utilized by the Department of Resident Life. Through the Housing Portal, students will be able to view and select rooms for the 2021-2022 academic year in real-time based on their “Selection Appointment.”
Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, furnished living room/dining room, at least one bathroom, and multiple bedrooms. Resident Life offers apartment-style housing in the North Hill and South Hill Communities. Students living in on-campus apartments are not required to maintain a dining plan, but many still chose to have some type of dining plan for convenience. Apartments housing 350 students are located in the South Hill Community near the Chapel and South Campus Dining Hall. An additional 100 students reside in apartments in the Language House living-learning program located in St. Mary's Hall in the North Hill Community.
Apartment, Suite, Semi-Suite and Traditional Hall Shop and Select
This is the Room Selection 2021 phase when students interested in securing an assignment for 2021-2022 in an apartment, suite, semi-suite, or traditional hall location either as an individual or with a group can shop and select that type of assignment, if available.
The Group Leader is the person in the group who should have the earliest “Selection Appointment” and will be responsible for the assignment selection during the Room Selection 2021 process.
Group members work with the “Group Leader” to determine the appropriate space to select and get assigned together when the “Group Leader” makes the final selection.
Housing fees refer to the cost associated with living in residence halls. All rooms have an associated fee based on amenities and the number of occupants in the room. Selections made during Room Selection 2021 commit the student to housing and dining (unless assigned to an apartment) for the entire academic year.
During the “Shop and Select” portions of Room Selection 2021, an individual or group may place one location on “hold” for a brief period (approximately 5 minutes) to determine if they wish to make this their final selection. After the “hold” period, the space becomes available again.
Living-Learning Program Shop and Select
This is the portion of Room Selection 2021 that allows current eligible students in living-learning programs to shop and select spaces within their living-learning program locations only. If a student does not select during this time, these spaces will not be made available again to a living-learning program student until after Room Selection 2021 (space permitting).
The “Selection Appointment” is the first specific time and date for a resident to begin to “shop and select” spaces in various types of residence hall locations.
A semi-suite is two double rooms with a shared common bathroom between the living spaces. Four students live in semi-suites located in Oakland Hall and Prince Frederick Hall. Because semi-suites do not have individual kitchens, cooking is prohibited in these units, and all residents are required to participate in an approved dining plan.
Suites are similar to apartments, just without the kitchen and dining room. Each suite has a furnished living room, 1-3 baths, and 3-5 bedrooms for 4-8 students. About 900 students live in suites located in the South Hill Community near the Chapel and South Campus Dining Hall. Because suites do not have kitchens, cooking is prohibited in these units, and all residents are required to participate in an approved dining plan.
A traditional hall is the most common type of housing at the University of Maryland. They are in hi-rise and low-rise buildings and consist of single and double rooms located on a floor with common bathrooms, and many have lounge or study rooms. Because traditional hall rooms do not have individual kitchens, cooking is prohibited in these units, and all residents are required to participate in an approved dining plan.