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Moving & Breaks

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Fall move-in and spring move-out are some of the busiest (and most exciting) times of year for us Resident Life Terps!

We are here to help make your transition as smooth as possible. Whether you're deciding what items you will bring or how you will decorate your room, we have resources for you to plan ahead. 

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Before Move-In

Items to bring, roommate relationships, personalizing your room, and more 

Move-In Plan
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Move-In Day

Parking information, steps for checking in, packages & mail, and more

Campus Arrival
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Before Move-Out

Packing & cleaning tips, checkout procedures, late departures, and more

Move-Out Plan
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Move-Out Day

Returning keys, parking & unloading zones, carts, donation drives, and more

Leaving Campus

Academic Breaks

Watch this page for updated information on desk hours, card access, check-in/out, and more. We will post additional details in the weeks prior to each break. 

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March 17-March 26, 2023

Residence Halls close for Spring Break on Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. and re-open on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Break housing options are available for a fee. Requests must be submitted via your Housing Portal.

Spring Break Details

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Nov. 23-Nov. 27, 2022

Residence Halls close for Thanksgiving Break on November 22, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. with one-night-only late stay and re-open on November 27. Break housing options are available for a fee. Requests must be submitted via your Housing Portal.


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Tuesday, December 20 - Sunday, January 22

Residence Halls close for Winter Break at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 20, 2022. All card access to halls will be deactivated at that time. Requests must be submitted via the Housing Portal.

Most of the North Campus halls are closed during break periods. Students that live in Elkton, Johnson-Whittle, and Pyon-Chen halls can register to stay in their rooms for a fee.

All South Campus halls (North Hill, South Hill, and Leonardtown Communities) remain open during the Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks for students who request and register to stay in advance. During Thanksgiving and Spring Break, South Campus residents must register to stay in their room prior to each break period or must depart by 7:00 p.m. at the start of these break periods. Additional fees may apply for Thanksgiving and Spring Break housing.

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Fall & Winter Welcomes

We proudly sponsor the annual Fall and Winter Welcome programs designed to help you get settled in at the University of Maryland and get excited about the start of the academic semester. Fall and Winter Welcomes will introduce you to new friends, university resources, and the many opportunities waiting for you.

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