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Housing and Dining

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Every University of Maryland (UMD) student interested in on-campus residence hall housing must submit the Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement through the Department of Resident Life. To apply, you will need to activate your Directory ID. Once you have your Directory ID, you can request housing by completing the online housing agreement. Please review the specific instructions below. 

New first-year students starting in the fall semester who submit the Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement by May 1 are guaranteed residence hall housing. You can only submit the Agreement once. If necessary, you must request any changes to your housing agreement by emailing the Department of Resident Life at Please include your full name and University ID (UID) in all correspondence. Rooms are assigned in the order of Agreement submission date. You may submit the housing agreement before confirming enrollment and cancel it without penalty before July 1.

The Department of Resident Life Assignments Office will email you when the Roommate Finder and request process becomes available in June. The Assignments Office factors in many variables when determining resident housing assignments. Roommate preferences will be taken into account but are not guaranteed.

New first-year students starting in the spring semester are given priority for spaces that open in our residence halls at the end of the fall semester. Most new students have residence hall housing by the first day of classes. To request on-campus housing for the spring semester, complete the Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement starting October 3, 2023.

Students participating in the Freshmen Connection program in the fall semester are guaranteed on-campus housing if they confirm their spring enrollment to the university and complete the Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement by May 1. Participants will be required to enroll in the Freshmen Connection program before the start of the fall semester.

On-campus housing is available to new transfer students on a space-available basis. Interested students should complete the Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement as soon as possible. All transfer student housing requests are initially placed on a waitlist. When space becomes available, students can be moved off the waitlist and assigned a room and roommate.

The university’s Off-Campus Housing Services provides personalized information and resources about housing and off-campus living. Resources available online include a searchable database listing rental properties in the area and the ability to search for roommates with similar housing needs and interests.

All students living on-campus in a traditional residence hall are required to purchase a Resident Dining Plan. Each plan offers access to great food in three dining halls, every day from the first day of move-in until the last day of finals. 

Dining Services offers many options for eating on-campus, including culinary stations in dining halls, franchise locations in food courts, convenience shops, cafes, athletic concessions and more. Allergen-free, vegan and vegetarian selections are available everywhere. Students who keep kosher can select a platinum plan from the Maryland Hillel. Learn more about your plan options on the Dining Services website.


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