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We are excited for you to join the on-campus community by participating in the Maryland Residential Experience for your first two years. Living on campus allows you to live, learn, and engage with a diverse community of Terps, have support from our caring staff, and be immersed in the Terrapin community.

We look forward to seeing you in August during Fall residence hall move-in. In the meantime, we wish to share some helpful information to assist you in planning for your arrival on-campus.

More detailed information will be emailed to all new on-campus residents in July.

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Important Dates to Know

  • Assignments Consideration Form due

    June 6 - 24, 2022

    Roommate Finder Process

  • Housing Assignments Released

    July 18, 2022

    Housing Assignments Released

  • New to Housing Student Move-in

    August 25-28, 2022

    New to Housing Student Move-in

    (A specific move-in date and timeframe will be provided with your housing assignment.)

  • Fall Welcome

    August 25-28, 2022

    Fall Welcome

  • First Day of Spring Classes

    August 29, 2022

    First Day of Fall Classes

The Assignment Process

First-year student housing assignments are based on a number of factors including, application date received, Living Learning Program participation, and space availability.

The Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement is available to newly admitted students upon admission to the University. Students can submit their Agreement before formally confirming their enrollment with the University. There is a $50 non-refundable Housing Agreement application fee to reserve space for 2022-2023 housing in the residence halls. Students may cancel their Agreement without penalty until July 1, 2022. After July 1, 2022 you will be subject to the Terms and Conditions and will be subject to late fees or Agreement Buyout conditions. Read the FAQs about Terms and Conditions to learn more.

First year student assignments are located throughout the residence hall communities. We strive to place students based on the questions answered on their Residence Hall and Dining Agreement.

Housing Requests

Students are able to submit preferences to live in areas near Maryland Hillel, in substance-free housing, or in limited visitation housing in Cecil Hall. Please note that we are NOT able to accept or consider requests for specific buildings, communities, or room types outside of these three options.

Bed Sizes

The majority of residence hall beds are standard-size twin beds with regular twin-size mattresses. Extra-long sheets fit comfortably when using mattress pads or egg crate mattress pads. Pyon-Chen and Johnson-Whittle Halls have extra-long beds.


Students will have the opportunity to submit roommate requests, if desired, in June. The deadline to submit a request is June 24 at 4:00 p.m.

The Roommate Finder program will be available from June 6-24, 2022. Roommate requests must be mutual to be considered in the assignment process and will be honored on a space-available basis. Approximately half of our students choose to be randomly assigned a roommate. There are many success stories of students who met after being assigned randomly and had great experiences; even becoming lifelong friends.

Extra Long Bed Request

There is a limited supply of extra-long beds available on a first come-first serve basis. A minimum height requirement of 6' 5" is necessary for students to submit an extra-long twin bed request. Students may request an extra-long bed and provide documentation confirming the minimum height requirement. The documentation can be a copy of your state-issued driver's license or ID card or a note from your doctor.

Documentation should be submitted via email at or by fax at (301) 314-2026. The Assignments Office will send an email to confirm whether the request was approved. Please contact the office at (301) 314-2100 with questions.

Packing List

  • Bedding - Comforter, blanket, pillows, pillowcases
  • Regular twin-size sheets and Mattress cover (36" x 75" x 6" mattress)
  • XL Twin Sheets (for Pyon-Chen and Johnson-Whittle Hall residents)
  • Laptop and Category 5 ethernet cable, no longer than 14 feet (Wireless access in all halls and throughout campus)
  • Lock for laptop
  • Printer
  • Fan
  • Alarm clock
  • Face Masks
  • Soap, Toiletries, Shower tote bucket, Towels, Washcloths
  • Laundry bag, Detergent, Clothes Hangers
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bed risers (do not bring cinder blocks to use as bed risers)
  • Flashlight, Battery-powered radio, Extra batteries, Emergency Kit
  • School/Desk Supplies
  • Non-damaging wall fasteners for hanging items (painter's tape and poster putty recommended)
  • Backpack or reusable cloth bag for carrying books
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Reusable Mug/Cup, Straw, Plate, Fork, and Spoon
  • Reusable Shopping bag(s)
  • Stapler, Stationery, Stamps
  • Desk/Floor Lamp
  • CFL or LED light bulbs; no halogen bulbs, no lamps with gooseneck arms and plastic shades
  • Under-the-bed storage boxes (10" clearance)

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Step into your New Home

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Perks of Living On-Campus

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Virtual 360º Rooms Tour

360º Rooms Tour

Take a virtual 360º panoramic view of some typical residence hall rooms at the University of Maryland.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are students required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?
Currently, 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. For more information, please visit the University’s COVID-19 Information site.

How can I make housing requests?
Students may update their housing preferences via their Resident Life Profile by logging into your Housing Portal. Only requests for proximity to Maryland Hillel, substance free housing and assignment to limited visitation in Cecil Hall will be accepted.

Students who are requesting a housing assignment due to housing accommodation must request accommodations through Accessibility and Disability Services site.

Most residence hall rooms are double occupancy, with some single, triple, and quad rooms available.

Housing requests and preferences must be updated to your Housing Profile by May 15 for best consideration in housing assignment. This same date of May 15 is the best consideration date for all accommodation requests submitted to Accessibility and Disability Services.

How do I request a roommate?
Students may submit their roommate request via the Housing Portal from June 6 - 24. We will do our best to honor as many requests as possible. Roommate requests must be mutual.

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

How do I find a potential roommate?
Incoming fall residents may log in to the Housing Portal to search and find potential roommate matches by participating in Roommate Finder from June 6-24. View our tutorial video to learn more about the process.

When will I know my room assignment information?
The first, large-scale release of residence halls assignments for fall 2022 will be on July 18.

When is Move-in for the Fall semester?
Traditional move-in dates will occur between August 25-28. 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.

Specific move-in days and time frames are provided to students to help alleviate traffic congestion on-campus and within the building. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until move-in date and time frame are provided.

How does Resident Life decide which residence hall and room type I will live in?
First-year student assignments are made in the date order that the Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement is received, and based on available vacancies. Assignments for new housing students are located in all of our communities. Freshmen 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.

Does Resident Life have a recommended packing list?
View our suggested "Packing List" list in the section above so you may start planning your move to campus.

How much storage space will I have?
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. Our rule of thumb is to pack for the season only to ensure enough space in the room.

What If I Decide I No Longer Need On-Campus Housing?
If you no longer need on-campus housing, please email requesting that your housing agreement be canceled. Please include your full name and University ID number in the correspondence.

The request should be received by July 1. After this date, late cancellation fees will apply for those not attending the University of Maryland, and the Agreement Buyout option will be enforced for those who decide they do not want residence hall housing.

Detailed information may be found at the Terms and Conditions page.

We are here to Help!

If you have any questions, please contact us at or call us at (301) 314-2100.

Be a On-Campus Terp
Make your home On-Campus
Begin your college journey living on campus