Residence Hall Housing & Dining Agreement
Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Resident Life wants to provide you with information to help you navigate the Terms and Conditions for the 2022-2023 Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement. These questions and answers provide general guidelines that will help you better understand your commitment to residence hall housing.

As always, we strongly encourage you to read over the full Terms and Conditions in their entirety. Questions may be directed to reslife@umd.edu.


Do I become “bound” by the Terms and Conditions as soon as I apply for housing?

No. Completing the 2022-2023 Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement does not alone bind you to the Terms and Conditions. Selecting a space as part of the Room Selection process or receiving a written housing confirmation or an actual housing assignment via the Housing Portal would make the Terms and Conditions binding at that point. After being bound, you would need to meet one of the “specified conditions” to get out of this agreement.

What are the “specified conditions” to cancel?

After April 1, 2022 for returning residents and July 1, 2022 for new residents, the “specified conditions” for canceling include withdrawal from all classes; graduation, transfer to another institution or other disenrollment, student teaching placement or co-op work in conjunction with a University-sponsored accredited program, and participation in Study Abroad.

Are there specific terms that residents should understand?

Yes, there are three terms that are used that mean very different things:
Cancellation - meeting one of the “specified conditions” prior to moving into the residence halls.
Release - meeting one of the “specified conditions” after moving into the residence halls.
Buyout - after April 1 not meeting one of the “specified conditions”

If I select a space at Room Selection, or receive a written housing confirmation and then change my mind about residence hall housing, can I simply cancel my request?

Depends. Timing is everything. Returning residents selecting a space at Room Selection 2022 will have until April 1, 2022 to cancel their housing selection for any reason. After April 1, 2022, they must either meet one of the specified conditions to cancel, or the student can select to “buyout” their agreement. The “Agreement Buyout” provisions and cost are listed in the Terms and Conditions.
New residents who have received a written housing confirmation have until July 1, 2022 to cancel their housing request for any reason. After July 1, 2022, they must either meet one of the specified conditions to cancel, or the student can select to “buyout” their agreement. The “Agreement Buyout” provisions and cost are listed in the Terms and Conditions.

If I meet one of the “specified conditions” can I cancel at any time without a fee?

Any resident who meets one of the “specified conditions” can cancel with no fee until July 1, 2022. After this date, any resident who meets one of the “specified conditions” will gradually incur a larger later cancellation fee the longer they wait to cancel their housing. Details can be found in the Terms and Conditions.

So, if I don’t meet one of those “specified conditions“ what options do I have if I don’t want to live in the residence halls?

A student who wishes to cancel their housing after the April 1, 2022 date for returning residents or the July 1, 2022 for new residents and does not meet one of the specified conditions can “buyout” their agreement using the tables that apply to them in the Terms and Conditions.

Who is a returning resident and who is a new resident?

A returning resident is a student who applied for or lived in the residence halls at some point in the 2021-2022 academic year and either selected a space as part of the Room Selection 2022 process, or was assigned by Resident Life for the 2022-2023 academic year.
A new resident is someone who has never lived in the residence halls and is applying for 2022-2023. A new resident is only considered in this status for their first semester in housing. So, for example, a new resident for Fall 2022 becomes a returning resident beginning Spring 2023 and every semester after.

Once I move into the residence halls, can I cancel my housing?

Once a student physically moves into the residence halls, they can no longer cancel their housing, but they can be “released” from their 2022-2023 Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement. To be released, a student must meet one of the “specified conditions” listed above to be released.

If I am “released” from my agreement, what do I have to pay?

After a resident moves in, if they meet one of the “specified conditions” for release, they are responsible for all charges based on their dates of occupancy. This would mean from the beginning of their contract date to the date they remove their belongings, return their key(s) and are officially checked out of the residence halls.

If I move into the halls and decide it’s not right for me, what are my options?

Unless you meet one of the “specified conditions” for release from your 2022-2023 Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement, your only option would be the “buyout” option in the Terms and Conditions.

Do you waive the “Buyout” fee based on individual circumstances?

No. The Department of Resident Life has established the “buyout” option for students who are no longer interested in residence hall housing and do not meet one of the “specified conditions” to be released. Any student not meeting one of those conditions and wanting to leave residence halls will only be permitted to do so by paying the “buyout” fee.

Where do I go if I want to explain my unique situation and circumstances?

Residents who wish to speak with a staff member about their specific situation should initially email the Resident Life Assignments Office at reslife@umd.edu. Please provide your full name, University ID number and contact information in this email. A staff member will contact you to learn more about your situation.